The Escape

Imagine you are sound asleep, entering those peaceful areas of your mind, where the day’s activities just fade away. Drifting around in the sweetest of dreams. Suddenly, you feel like someone has touched you or told you to wake up.  Through hazy eyes, you try to adjust to the darkness.

As you rub your eyes you say to yourself, “I must still be asleep.”

Your heart pounds harder in your chest as your eyes focus on the angel standing beside your bed. You are pretty sure it is an angel from the pure white light expanding from its form. (And the form would be male. Angels came before the creation of woman or Eve.) Yet, you feel no harm only a feeling of warmth and security. Yes, this must be an angel.

The angel speaks to your mind. You are informed to pack up your family and move to another state immediately! Your family is in extreme danger! The angel is gone and your bedroom is dark once again.

What do you do?

That is exactly what happened to Joseph in Matthew 2:13-18. The angel warned him that Herod was furious and would be hunting down baby Jesus.  Joseph was told that he had to take his family, go to Egypt and stay there until God tells him where to go next.

And that is exactly what Joseph did!

Matthew also reminds the reader of the prophecy in Hosea 11:1, being fulfilled when the Lord said “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

I am told in my study bible that this verse is referring to when God called the nation of Israel out of Egypt during Moses’s time. But that the inspiration of the Spirit revealed to Matthew it also meant Jesus.

Matthew, also quotes the prophet Jeremiah. Another indication of the fulfilling of prophecy for the coming of the Messiah. Something very important to the Jewish reader.

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Now, I want to return to the question, “What would you do?”

Would you really get up the next morning, wake your spouse, and pack up your family to leave? Or would there be considerations for your job, your home, your family, your kid’s schools, their friends, etc?

How many times in our lives do we listen to God’s commands for our lives when it contradicts our own plans?

I believe, as Christians, we have moved further away from listening and obeying God. Instead God is a figure-head somewhere up in the white fluffy clouds. Oh, we call Him down when we are in trouble, but basically He is not the center of our lives anymore.

Think about what we could be missing out on, by living this way.

For me, I am so grateful Joseph and Mary did not live this way!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

Where is The Love?

I hear the pot stirrer stirring. Their big wooden paddles filled with racism and hatred swirling around the American people. And I see the destitution on both sides of the equation. One side is desperate to stop the violence and the other side is frustrated to the point of violence.

This situation in America breaks my heart! What are we leaving for our children and our grandchildren? Will there be a future for America?

I pray so.

Now, I am not a formally educated person in theology, I only read my bible and join in bible studies. But every morning I feel like I am in the garden with my Lord, when I go into my prayer closet. Walking, talking, listening, and sometimes even crying. He is with me through it all.

This morning it was a heavy-hearted walk and talk.

How could we, His children, hate each other so much?

And, what can we do about all of this hatred? How do we move forward when time after time, we hurt, maim, or even kill one another?

The only answer I can see is LOVE.

But I think that we all need a refresher course on how to love, why we love, and how to forgive and move forward during difficult times. No, you don’t have to go to college or take an online course either. Just open your bible and start reading the book of John! Jesus is, was, and always will be our only example of true love.

His greatest commandment to us is found in John 13.

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus does not say love for one another if you are only white, black, Asian, Jew, Christian, or Muslim. He says love one another as He loves us! And Jesus loves us no matter our sins, skin color, dishonorable ways, or even if we don’t believe in Him. The whole world can turn against us and Jesus never will leave our side.

And then have you ever said or felt like, “Now how many times do I have to forgive so and so?”

Well, Peter, a disciple of Jesus felt the same way.

Matthew 8:21

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered

“I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Wow, that is alot of forgiveness! And we are called to do the same when forgiving others.

So, I believe the only answer is Love and Forgiveness!

 

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

Have You Rolled Your Stone Away?

Easter is a day to remind Christians of our freedom! Freedom to live our lives knowing that when we die here on earth, we will be born into eternity!

Wow, what a mind-blowing gift!

And yet, if we take a look at our everyday lives, you might notice that you really have not rolled the stone away from the tomb. Some days I find myself living as if the stone was never rolled away. What about you?

To me, I use Easter as my “Spiritual New Year.” Asking myself…

Was I mindful each day of God’s purpose for my life? Or did I only call on God and live as Jesus taught, when it was beneficial to me? These are some tough questions for me. Because, my soul usually answers honestly and brings to mind events when it was all about me.

Along with questioning my last year, I begin to make a few spiritual resolutions for the coming year too. And this year my biggest resolution is to live each day with the stone rolled away. For I am not promised tomorrow and building a storehouse of things, people, and situations wastes my precious time. My gift from Jesus!

As I try to roll the stone away, there is a moment of brilliance…

JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE IT!

So, what am I doing?

My job is to live it!

What about you? Could you utilize the “Good News” of Easter Sunday to do some spiritual housecleaning in your soul?

And do you live each day with the stone rolled away?

If not, Easter Sunday is the new beginning! A newly cleansed beginning!

God Bless You! And God Bless America!