Thursday, February 13, 2014

No Greater Love

Tomorrow is Valentine's day and once again I am celebrating it single. But I do like to look at the bright side of things, even though I have to admit the past week or so has been a weird one in that aspect. A few weeks ago I had another one of those nights where I was lying in bed thinking and my thoughts eventually turned to what comes after this life. (I think this was around the time I was sick, thought I had the flu and I am probably a little bit of a hypochondriac.) The thought of hell literally sent a chill down my spine and and a queasy stomach. My relationship was suffering. It was time to start seeking the Lord again (and hopefully never stop this time).

Since then, I have had random fear creep in that I don't really understand. It isn't logical, but maybe it has to do with what is around me. I turn on the news and hear of all the things that could kill me -- terrorists, drunk drivers, flu, the foods we eat, car crash, giant sink hole and so on. There is so much that can kill a person, but only one thing that can give them true life.

Valentines day is about expression of love and I am thankful that God chose to express his love for me at the cross. I am thankful he sent his son, Jesus, to live a holy life, to set an example, who died on the cross for me. I still get struck with the random fear that I don't understand. But one thing I have found is prayer really does help. And prayer is an area where I have struggled. A lot. So those spurts of fear remind me to pray. Yet another blessing in disguise.
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:12-14 
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter Masterpiece

I'm not much of a morning person, nor am I much of a cold and icy weather person but I have to say the drive to work this morning was a treat. The sun had risen to my right but it was still early enough it cast a grayish pink hue in the clouds ahead of me. The evergreens and bare trees all frozen over sparkled in the sunlight. It was like the scene straight out of a painting. It was one of those times I really wished I could pull over and take a picture. Of course, my good camera was at home. But that made me think even more about the "painter."

Many artists look at a picture or a subject and paint what they see. But either way they are painting the second or third version of it at minimum because God was the original author. He is the one who created it all from nothing. He is the best artist in the world.

"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20