The Master Artist

God paints a different picture in the sky for every person on Earth! We all view it at a variant of time and space. So God paints millions and millions of unique pictures daily.

And for those who are physically blind, he sculpts the Earth around them, with fragrant and tactile beauty that awakens the senses in a special way.

Now look at your body, take a deep breath and move around. Guess what? God made you too! And like your sky painting, you are an original. Yes, there’s only one of you, and there is only one true God.

Now if that isn’t master artistry, I don’t know what is. Remember to give him praise today! (Genesis ch.1)

A Choice Must Be Made

Today I started a strictly healthy diet. And although there are many delicious choices of food permitted by this diet, suddenly the foods that I cannot have seem to be screaming my name.

Our walk with Christ is much the same. He provides the healthiest options along life’s journey, but the temptation of the world’s buffet is constantly calling.

The goal in both the physical and spiritual realm of life is to, of course, attain a lifestyle of healthy choices. So what happens when we grab the occasional cookie or soda? Well, our body cannot use it very well. The energy from the sugar may last for a short while, and then it is gone. As a result, our body craves more and more. Long term use of such junk food can lead to illness.

Well, hopefully by now you see where I am going with this. I like to think of the Ten Commandments as our diet guide and the Bible as our recipe book.

So why must we have a diet you ask? Don’t worry, I have pondered the same question. I believe the need for both a physical and spiritual diet started when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:6-7). We were never meant to have that knowledge. Yet God gave man the choice (James 1:13-15).

If God gave man the choice, why did He allow Satan to exist and to tempt man? Well, Satan was once an angel in Heaven, but he rebelled against God. And other angels joined him in the rebellion, so he was sent out of Heaven (Luke 10:18) (Ezekiel 28:11-17).

This information implies that even the angels have been given a choice to follow or not to follow their Creator. Satan made his choice, and he knows his future destination. The only comfort he can find is to pull others along with him.

And that is why we need the perfect diet combination (James 1:17) of law, grace and His word to guide us through a world of sin and a whole lot of “junk food”.

So even though eating healthy is a daily lifestyle choice. The point is…a choice MUST be made.

Let God Drive

If our efforts are God-driven, we will be empowered every moment of life’s journey, because God is everywhere (omnipresent) and all-knowing (omniscient).

If our efforts are man-driven, we will likely lose energy along the way and break down, because we will be limited by man’s finite ability.

I am not saying that people should not help each other. I am saying that man should be led by God first and foremost. Only then will we truly be effective.

In 2 Chronicles 6:12-13, King Solomon knelt down before the assembly of Israel and lifted his hands to Heaven. This act of worship that took place during the dedication of the Temple demonstrated to God’s people the importance of being God driven, and was even relevent to the King.

So today God is reminding me and everyone who reads this blog to let go and, “Let God drive!”

Why Can’t I See A Rainbow Every Day?

“Why can’t I see a rainbow every day?” This is the question that Sid the Science Kid asked his parents today on the show that my daughter was watching.

His parents replied with the following question. “Well, what did you see just before the rainbow appeared?” Sid answered that there was rain followed by sunshine.

As a “child of God” I have found myself asking Sid’s question. “Why can’t I see that beautiful rainbow each day?

Where is that big “Aha” moment today? Where is the wonder of God’s presence evidenced during this moment of rinsing dirty dishes in the sink or folding wrinkled laundry that waited too long?

And then I begin to hum a tune that soon leads me to the piano, and I find myself writing a song! That song becomes the sunlight shining through the rain of the mundane. And at that moment, God paints a rainbow on my heart.

Then there are those days of frustration, and we all have them, when I am sick and blowing my nose endlessly, and everything else around me seems to be falling apart. Then my daughter appears at the back door with a flower in her hand and a smile of anticipation on her face. “I picked this for you”, she says.

And as we hug, she becomes a little ray of sunshine that brightens my tired, rain drenched face. And at that moment, God paints a rainbow on our hearts.

And I know we have all had days in life when our faith is tested, and our minds are ridden with the “why” questions. For example, I may recieve a phone call that a loved one is ill or a friend of the family died unexpectedly.

So I sit down and open the Bible. I read, as the tears begin to trickle down my cheeks. And there, God speaks in a miraculous and unexpected way. And the light of His word is the sun shining through the rain of my pain. Guess what comes next? You guessed it, the rainbow!

What if there really IS a rainbow every day, and we just don’t always see it with our human eyes?

In Revelations chapter 4, John gives a description of a rainbow encircling the throne of God, so we know that a rainbow signifies God’s presence. God’s rainbow is his promise not to destroy us. And it is a beautiful symbol of his love and mercy.

In this life, we can pretty much count on some rain. But God is so loving and gracious that he seeks to remind us of his presence. It is vital, however, that we talk to God and daily fill our lives with the sunlight of his word. Only after that will we learn to recognize all the many rainbows that God is surrounding us with.

S.A.R.A.H

For those of you who know me, you know that my dad is a minister of the gospel. For those of you who know my dad, you perhaps know that he enjoys a good acrostic now and then (smile).

Well, “like Father like daughter”, I suppose.
So here goes my very first acrostic blog!

Our youngest daughter’s name is Sarah. She is four and is a bundle of love. She is the type of child that unknowingly demands a tad more grace, but she is a huge blessing. Her life speaks to me in many ways, and I believe she will some day have a tremendous impact on this world.

Through a recent personal life journey of renewal, God revealed to me through Sarah’s name, the following steps that lead us to praise:

S in
A wareness
R epentence
A ccountability
H ealing

And there you have it. Praise God for his forgiveness and healing that came from his sacrifice on the cross!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to go sin, so that you can have a greater desire to praise God. But the Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” So at some point we must recognize our sin and take the steps of S.A.R.A.H.

These steps further confirm to us how God can turn ugly into beautiful. This is what he can do with your life, if you allow him. And the natural result will be to praise and thank him for what he has done.

Oh how he desires to clean us up and bring us into His glory, which is our future in Heaven. He is preparing his bride, which is the church, for his return. He will take us to Heaven, where we will desire to praise him like never before.

So I encourage you to go ahead and take S.A.R.A.H steps today and how many other days it may take to lead you to God’s praise.

Climb A Ladder and Get Over It!

I was recently told, by a friend, half jokingly, to “climb a ladder and get over it”. Well that person didn’t know it, but he gave me an answer to an important question that I had been wrestling with for some time.

How do I get over that one big obstacle in life? You know the one I am talking about. It is that one thing that is there, always holding you back.

Where is your miracle from the almighty God you serve? Why can’t you just snap your fingers, and poof!, it is gone?

Why doesn’t a single prayer just change it? Well, sometimes a single prayer changes it. But these questions and the ladder statement led me to consider the miracles of Jesus that are demonstrated in the Bible.

After thinking about such miracles as the feeding of the five thousand, the water being turned into wine, Joshua winning the battle at Jericho, the blind man being told to put mud in his eyes for restoration of sight, and too many more to list, one obvious answer is staring me in the face.

The one common factor that is combined with the miracle working Savior and the receiver is…obedient effort! And what does climbing a ladder require?…effort!…one step at a time.

You and I must make the effort to change. You and I must make the effort to listen to God. You and I must make the effort to get closer to Him. You and I must make the effort to obey Him. And the effort should be daily.

Perhaps your ladder has several obstacles along the way. Allow yourself the consistent patience to keep taking one step at a time. Here’s the wonderful thing about Jesus. He sees your effort, and he meets you there. He knows your limitations, and he knows just exactly when to reach down with His strong arm and pull you up.

So be encouraged to keep making that effort to get close to God. Study his word, take the quiet time and prayer time to listen to what he is saying. You can even talk to him when you are busy. But don’t give up. Take one step at a time.

Just climb a ladder and get over it!