Recently, I have had this recurring thought, “Sara, listen to your heart. And, carve out happiness in the midst of ugliness.”Whoa, I would awaken with a mind carving tool ready to flow. Words ready to flow in color and style. I would begin my word pictures for healing, peace, joy, and ‘Heaven Comforts’ only to be united with artisans, artist, resources and spirit of unity to create heavenly heart pockets filling up earth spots with beauty that had seemed destined for ugly.
After, hearing my inner voice calling and singing, a few times; “Sara, listen to your heart. And, carve out happiness in the midst of ugliness.” I did a few small beauty spots and God gave the increase. I was totally amazed beyond amazement. Then, I paused and wondered why things were being created in such wonderment after years of struggle. I heard the Word from scripture showing me when I stopped asking and trying in came the rain, raiment and the holy. I hope you ponder these words given by the Apostle Paul around 2,000 years ago that are still mind and spirit ready tools in the hands of an earth artist.
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21, NRSV
“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
“It made a difference for that one.”
― Loren Eiseley
I was reviewing my prayers and thoughts from one year ago and found these words I recorded from my soul on May 21, 2014 just over one year ago.
“At times, so very often, we want to make friends with the letting go.”
I sure needed to reread my own written words.
We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
Think on Mr Waters thoughts for a moment; “peace without justice is no peace at all.”
“God has called us to be peacemakers, but peace without justice is no peace at all. God has also called us to be pursuers of justice. As posed hypothetically by the prophet Micah, “[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8). The fight for justice can often be an arduous one, but it is always a necessary one.”– Michael W. Waters, Freestyle
“He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
(Proverbs 13:3, AMP)
We so often read and quote; “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Words are seeds. As some of us might be contemplating spring/summer gardens and dreaming of a fresh picked “Big Boy” tomatoe sandwich with real mayo wonder if we planted a weed hoping for a tomatoe? Or, we planted a big juicy plant hoping for its fruit but forgot to water and care for so what did we get?
The mouth seems to be fertile soil for the fruit of life. How much time have I invested in my mouth garden? What are the nuritients in the soil that were produced by my thoughts? My actions are the fruit of my garden. What fruit has filled my basket? Dosen’t a farmer/gardener receive its first fruits? 2 Timothy 2:6 says; “The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.”
How are things in my life garden today? Maybe I should employ a little weed killer (repentance brand) and get back on track with a flourishing garden by using the right method of Holy Spirit skills and replant by revisiting words, thoughts and actions that will produce the dream life. A juicy big red sliced tomatoe that covers my bread and rich Kraft’s mayo with salt and pepper that delights the palate and satisfies the inner man! Soul Food is good for my soul!
Hope you are enjoying your garden!
Hezekiah prayed, “Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” – 2 Kings 20:3 (NIV)
Have you ever noticed in the OT you read; “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord” or “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”
Wonder if anyone today finds their column and gives it a trumpet blast? Or, tries and hides their evil walking under their skirts. The Prophet Jeremiah in Chapter 13 verse 26 records the happening when hiding is one’s theme. “I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen-”
Hezekiah prayed. Great reading. Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery…”Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.…”
Dosen’t this bring song from the depth of your soul? Bless The Lord, O my soul and all that is within me…