A writer's blog of short stories, hopefully through them you will become aware of the gentle inner voice of God speaking through a rose or the simple activities of every day, such as playing with your grandchildren. His voice is everywhere. We just need to slow down and listen. When we do, He will heal our deepest hurts and set us on His path to becoming the person He created us to be.
Redeemable Qualities (Day 2 from Cleansing Thoughts)
When we look at the life of Moses, we see a man whose life began with a verdict of death at the hands of the same Pharaoh who would one day raise him as his own. After being placed in the Nile by his sister to save his life from Pharaoh’s decree having all Hebrew males to be killed at birth. Moses was then saved by the Pharaohs daughter and raised as a prince of Egypt, having access to the honest education, unspeakable wealth, and a position of authority. Yet with one violent of compassion, when a Hebrew slave was being beaten, he was branded a murderer, was forced to flee to the land of Midian. Moses’s heart of compassion surface once again as he defended a young shepherd girl who had gone to draw water for her father’s flock at the community, and as result, found favor with her father, Jethro. Over the next forty years, as Moses served as a shepherd, the Lord was transforming an Egyptian prince into a man of God. One day while tending the sheep, Moses was drawn to a glow coming from a nearby mountain and went to investigate, where he found a burning bush that was not being consumed. A voice suddenly spoke to him, coming from the bush as Moses came into the presence of his redeemer, receiving a call of God on his life to set His people free. Like so many of us, Moses ask, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11, NIV). And again Moses question God by saying, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (verse 13). A third time Moses questioned God, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” ( Exodus 4:1, NIV). God promised him that He would show signs and wonders so all would know His mighty hand was upon him; that He would give him the words to say, and He would give the Hebrews favor in the sight of the Egyptians so that they would not leave Egypt empty handed. So Moses returned to Egypt armed with the rod of God in his hand and the word of God planted firm in his heart to lead his people into the promise land.
The plans and purposes God had determined for Moses’ life as well as the future nation of Israel were accomplished through the power of redemption. Hebrews 11:24-26 (NIV) states, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sun for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as a greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”
I remember when the Lord said I would become an author, and I too questioned Him, after all I graduated with a fourth grade reading level, and God said, “Did I not teach you to read.” Then I reminded Him that I had trouble with words and grammar, He answered “I will show you.” Then I looked down and whispered, “What if no one will read it,” and His answer was, “They will.”
A Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, spoke of his resume, “On the authority of the chief priest I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them I even went to foreign cities to persecute them” (Acts 26:10-11, NIV). Saul had a zeal for what he believed in. He had heard many times the gospel message of the resurrection of Jesus and the claim that He was the long awaited Messiah of Israel, but it only served to fuel his hatred for Christianity, until he met his Redeemer face-to-face on the road to Damascus. In his conversion experience, Saul, now known as Paul, accepted Christ as his Savior and the call of God to proclaim the gospel message to the gentiles. In 1 Timothy 1:13-14 (NIV), Paul states, “Even though I was once a blasphemer persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” Even in his sun, God loved him and extended His mercy because he had acted out of false teaching and prejudices, which were common to the nation of Israel at that time. Note I said God loved him, not the sin, and He knew Saul of Tarsus was redeemable. Paul, a life changed, redeemed by the hand of God. contributed thirteen epistles to the New Testament writings.
To illustrate what I am saying let’s look again at the purple loosestrife. It is an invasive wetland perennial plant from Europe and Asia, arriving in North America as early as The 1800s by settlers for their gardens, because of its beautiful purple flower, which can produce thousands of seeds per plant. Later it was highly prized by beekeepers for the flavor produced in honey. Over the years it has spread throughout the United States and Canada causing a serious problem for our wetlands, because of its large dense growth areas it not only chokes out all other wetland plants, it also makes it impossible for many animal species which feed, nest or take cover in wetland plants to enter these dense growth areas. Now to make my point; the use of this plant started out to be innocent, first of all, it was appealing to the eye, being a perennial it would spread on its own. However, many years must have passed before the invasiveness of the plant was even notices let alone became a serious
I like to collect teacups, so when I get the chance I browse through china shops or antique stores to look for them, there is one shop, in particular, I really enjoy browsing through. One afternoon while I was there I saw a Tea-for One set that I just couldn't go home without. It had a pink rose that joined the teapot perfectly to the cup and the handles looked like a fish and it had gold edging. I asked the sales clerk if I could see it, stating how beautiful I thought it was, and then the most amazing thing happened . . . the teacup spoke! I haven't always been a teacup, there was a time all I was was a lump of red clay. My Master took me and rolled me and rolled me, then patted me all over and over again. I didn't like it, and I yelled out at him to leave me alone, but he only smiled and said, "Not Yet." Then I was placed on a spinning wheel, and suddenly I was spinning around and around and around. "Stop!" I cried, "I'm g
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR when the house is filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies, and in the air is a feeling of excitement as everyone runs around the house gathering up their hidden treasures. One by one they enter the wrapping room filled with boxes, paper, and bows, oh yes we mustn't forget the most sought after items of all, a box filled with everything needed to disguise the item within. As the evening comes to an end, with each one giving a big yawn we head upstairs for a long winter's nap. The chatter of voices from just an hour ago is now silent, so I slipped out of bed to check on the boys. As I pushed open each door I smiled in spite of myself seeing them snug in their beds; undoubtedly with visions of their presents filling their heads. As I gently closed their door I whispered, "Sweet dreams my little ones it won't be long now." Then I slipped down the stairs. In the quiet of the night, I cleaned up all the wrapping mess while ch