Is HE SAFE??!!

In the Narnia Chronicles I love it when Susan asked if Aslan the Lion is safe. Mr. Beaver says, “Oh no! He is NOT safe! Oh, but he is good!”

This morning I’ve listened to Celine Dion sing “the Prayer.” This song seems to call to something deep inside my heart. This is a prayer for all of us to be “safe.” The third time through I was praying this for my children, “‘Take them to a place where they’ll be safe.” Then I heard the Lord ask, “What is safe?” I realized that my idea of safe and his idea of safe are quite different! Safe in the my eyes is a secure job, adequate money, a house and stability. Yet, His Word tells us that ‘safe’ is in the center of the will of the Father, where ever that may take us. In the harbor or on the high seas, as long as we are with him, we are safe.” AND YET…There is still the longing in my heart for them to be safe. Inside the harbor.

The word ‘safe’ means secure, protected, shielded, sheltered, guarded, out of harm’s way. But I know in my heart the strength of the vessel is in the storm! And I know that ‘hot house’ plants are never as strong as the ones grown in the outside weather nor is their fruit as sweet!

So as I release my children back into the hands of the Lord, I say to them, to myself, to all of us who have heard the roar of the Lion of Judah: “Never choose or settle for ‘safe!’ Always choose Him! We were designed to run with lions! To soar with the eagles! And that certainly is not safe! But it is good! It is fun! Because it is where He is! And that is where real life happens!

 

The God of Glory Thunders!

 I woke up this morning to rolling thunder, flashing lightening and RAIN! The sound of rain. Nothing in the earth quite like that sound. Made me feel closed in, cozy and warm inside as I watched the trees swaying in the wind and listened again to the distant thunder!

However, I was amazed at the pictures of the force of the wind later in the day. Huge 18 wheelers blown off the highway, hail damage and broken windows to many homes.

In my wee little world I teach about God, and sometimes I actually think I have a small understanding of who He is and his unchanging character.

But today as I watched the Heavens display His Glory I was reminded all over again that He is the Creator and the Supreme Ruler of the universe! He is HUGE! So much bigger than I can possibly comprehend. HE IS GOD! There is NONE beside him! He has no equal.  HE IS GOD! Awesome in power, doing wonders! He has his way in the whirlwind, and in the storm. He rides on the wings of the wind! His voice strips the cedars bare and causes the deer to give birth. He is majestic! He sits enthroned in the heavenlies and laughs at the plans of men.

 

The word “power” means authority, influence, dominance, mastery, dominion, strength and might. Force, forcefulness, vigor, energy, muscular. There were many other adjectives but I was amazed at one in particular: “to have in the palm of one’s hand.” My soul was arrested as I saw this word picture. Even in the middle of my own storms of life, He is still in control and He still holds  me in the palm of His hand! And once again I am not only reminded of His power, but also of His character. He is kind, good, merciful and loving. Yes! He is mighty! Yes! He is powerful! But Yes! He is still in control and, yes, he still holds me safe in the palm of His hand.

NOW THAT’S MY KING!

Chippy-God uses the simple things to confound the wise!

This morning I’m sitting by the fire, watching the birds on my patio as it is spitting snow, enjoying this quiet time with the Lord. I woke up with so many things, problems and ‘things to do’ on my heart that it was quite difficult to just sit. But isn’t that what Shabbat is for-to stop, push all else aside and just enjoy time with my Father! It’s been a while since I’ve had this opportunity, so I’m taking full advantage!

And there is Chippy on my patio today! We have bright red cardinals, deep yellow finches, titmice and LOTS OF SPARROWS! I first met Chippy, a small brown sparrow back in January. So what makes Chippy a little different than the other brown sparrows? A broken leg he drags around and a wing that doesn’t look exactly right. Actually Chippy is crippled and should not be able to fly, hop, or even live. But, no one told Chippy, so he comes every morning for his breakfast and then flies away to do what he does best: SING!

The first day I saw Chippy, I felt sorry for him, wanted to catch him and help him; wanted him to be whole like the other hundreds of sparrows in my yard. But now after watching him for three months I’m amazed at his determination to live his life as normal and avoid the predator cats that roam and come back each morning to my patio!

And as I watch in amazement I hear the Lord whisper-”This is Chippy’s reality! He doesn’t know he is different. He doesn’t know he has to work harder than the others to survive! And I have my eye on Chippy, just as I do all the other sparrows! But Chippy is one of my favorites, because he didn’t stop when attacked, he just kept fighting and eventually he won! He is alive and it gives me pleasure to watch him do what he was created to do! Even with a broken leg and a deformed wing, Chippy still sings!”

So today, with all the cares of my life, my verse is “Let not your heart be troubled!” and “Martha, Martha you are troubled over many things, but Mary has chosen the best!”

Today I choose Joy! Today I choose peace! Today, though my heart is troubled over many things, I choose to be like Chippy. Regardless of the problems and issues that make up my reality, I will not be hindered from doing what I was created to do: to sing, to worship and to dwell in the secret place of His presence, enjoying Him, His creation and Chippy!