“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
There is a tremendous amount of confusion today about what is right, wrong, acceptable, not acceptable. I too can get caught up in trying to place those black and white lines. I have spent way too much time weighing issues in my head; trying to make the world fit into how I believe life should be lived. As I journey in this world, my focus is changing from discerning parameters for right and wrong to growing in my relationship with the Lord and stepping where He guides me one foot at a time. I am not judge and jury; I am simply to live as He desires for me to live and leave the rest to Him.
Trying to Live as He Directs,
“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
If you have followed my blog for a time you are aware that we bought a grand ole home that had been neglected for far too long. While demolition was happening on the kitchen recently the lovely skeleton in the above picture was found in a wall in the kitchen along with the nest the critter had built there. Immediately I thought of the saying, “We all have some skeletons in our closets.” Then my next thought was that God is exposing the skeletons, Amen!
In this world I think it is quite difficult to live a life with clean closets. Seems we all hide something for whatever reason. We guard those closets like a ravenous watch dog ready to pounce at the slightest movement toward our closet. We can spend so much time guarding and protecting that we forget to live. And I can just see God sitting on His throne and shaking His glorious head back and forth, “Come now, let us settle the matter. Together we can clean this mess up; though that closet is a filthy mess now we can make it sparkle.” Dear Reader, there is a catch: WILLINGNESS and OBEDIENCE. We have to want that closet clean and we must follow the Lord’s cleaning routine.
I want to live a life devoid of skeletons in my closet. I am ready and willing for the Holy Mr Clean to wipe out those skeletons and to fill that now empty space with His Spirit; with the life He desires for me.
How about you? God any squirrel bones in your walls?
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.
No one looks at me the way my mother does. In her eyes I see acceptance and unconditional love. In her eyes I see a warm and welcoming invitation to be with her; she requires nothing of me other than just be together. I dread the day she will no longer walk this earth for many reasons. One of those reasons being that I will never again see what I see in her eyes when she looks at me; total and complete acceptance without limitations, restrictions or requirements.
I think of that look I receive from my mom when I read the passage from Ephesians; “holy and blameless in His sight.” The eyes of a loving parent looking into the face of their child. In God’s eyes we are holy and blameless, something to ponder. I look at myself and I find that so very hard to believe possible.
I remember my own adorable son and I understand. In my eyes that little boy is holy and blameless, innocence personified, and I would defend and protect him with my life. Just as Jesus did defend and protect us with His life upon the cross. Jesus made a way for the vision of the Father.
From One Child to Another,