Sunday, April 14, 2019

Watching the Invisible

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. John 3:8 (NIV)

Little goldfinches seemed to tumble across our drive like leaves tossed in the wind. One landed on the handle of an old plow. The yellow plumage glistened in the sunlight like gold coins. Its crown and wings were ornate with the black of onyx. Where had the finches come from? Where were they going? I marveled at their beauty as they fluttered off to other places.

Jesus told Nicodemus "You must be born again." Nicodemus didn't understand the Spirit. It was something he couldn't see or touch. Jesus used the analogy of the wind. Nicodemus could hear the wind and see what the wind did but could not see the wind itself. He couldn't know where it came from or where it was going but he could know the wind was there. 

I couldn't see where my little goldfinches came from. They seemed to blow in on the wind. I didn't know where they were going. I just saw their beauty and wonder of the moment. 

When we open up our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives we may not understand the work but we will know the beauty of a close relationship with God. 

What is the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart today?

Hey Kids:

What got your attention this week and made you stop and wonder in amazement?

Our children are incubating eggs. Several hatched out Thursday and Friday. A few are due to hatch tomorrow. 

The children are young and don't yet understand how chickens grow inside of shells. Maybe that's you too. 

As we were watching the new hatchlings we noticed an egg move.  We weren't sure so we watched more intently. 

Sure enough, the egg was moving. 

An egg that looked like any other egg was moving! 

We all look just like any other person but when God's Holy Spirit moves in our hearts others take notice. 

Can others see God's Spirit working in you? 

Ask the Lord how He can use you and watch what He will do.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Malachi 4:2 

Winter was so drab and depressing. The cold rain kept me and my students inside most of the time. But this week with spring break, pretty weather and a garden that needed to be resurrected, I began to notice the healing of winter as it turned into spring.

A bluebird seeking a home for his new mate landed on the birdhouse. The blue of his wings was so vibrant. The red on his breast so prominent, it reminded me of the story of Jesus and the woman who was desperate for healing. 

Jesus walked along the dusty road. A crowd followed Him, pressing in to hear His words. The tallit he wore with its blue fringes spread like wings with each step. Many people recognized this Man as having "healing in His wings." He had healed many. Some He even raised from the dead. The blue was significant as indicating the royal priesthood.  A woman whose faith told her that if she could only touch the hem of his garment she would be healed of a disease that had held her captive for twelve years. She pressed through the crowd to touch His wings, the fringes of His garment. She was unclean. If anyone suspected she could be pointed out and shunned from the group. 

Jesus felt the healing, the virtue go from Him as she touched his garment. He already knew who touched Him and what she needed but He wanted her to know and confess Him before the people (Matthew 9: 18-26; Luke 8:40-48). 

The bluebird reminds me of even more. The red that covers his breast reminds me that it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin, heals our brokenness and restores life. The woman who reached out tllo Jesus knew He was more than just a famous priest, she knew by faith He was the long-awaited Messiah, the one who could restore her life and give her life eternal.

Have you reached out to Jesus? Press through the crowd without worry of what they will think. Reach out for our Royal Priest who gives us life eternal. 

Hey Kids:

Our yards and parks are coming alive with birds and flowers and insects. God created them for a reason. One of those reasons is to show us His great love. 

What are you noticing in your area that demonstrates God's love?

Here are a few hints:

  • Are the dogwoods blooming? Examine a flower and draw or write what you observe.
  • Are butterflies pollinating the flowers in your garden? How does a caterpillar become a new creature? Draw a  or write about a caterpillar lifecycle.
  • Have you found any rocks with interesting shapes? Does its shape remind you of a verse or a story? Draw or write about your rock. 
Sharing God's love is sometimes as simple as observing His creation with your neighbor.

How will you share God's love this week?


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Spring Parables

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. Psalms 145:4

Have you had a chance to get outside this spring? The winter has been cold, wet, and windy here in the upstate. Finally yesterday we were able to get outside and enjoy the warm sunshine while we prepared our garden spot. 

I enjoy having the grandkids help with the gardening. We've found unique rocks, "turtle" eggs in the straw mulch, and picked buckets of berries. No matter what we're doing my favorite part is sharing something special about God's creation.

Jesus spoke in parables to the people using what they could see around them, sheep and pastures, fields and vines. Our busy lives prohibit us from exploring Creation the way agricultural societies once did - the way our grandparents did. This week our schools are on spring break. It is a great week to take a walk, clean up the garden, plan a picnic or a hike. Don't forget to look for ways to declare God's wondrous works and praise His name to our next generation who is trailing along behind us. 

Hey Kids: 

What did you see outside today?

  • a spider web?
  • bees collecting pollen?
  • birds peeking in birdhouses in search of a new home?
How can you use these sightings to share the Good News of God's Love? 

Here are some ideas to help get you started.
  • spiders trap unsuspecting bugs and devour them (I Peter 5:8)
  • bees collect pollen to make honey to share with the whole hive (IICorinthians 6:1,2)
  • birds search for the best home for their brood (II Corinthians 5:1)
What connections to God's word will you make this week?