Thursday, November 02, 2006

cute, deep, spicy

CUTE

Today as we were driving along, C looked up and saw a con trail. (If someone can explain to me why children get so excited by con trails, I would appreciate it!!) She observed the con trail and observed that it was getting bigger (the winds were dissipating it quite rapidly) she then said it looked like fiddle strings.

DEEP


If you have never read, Oswald Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest" you should. It will stretch you (to read him on the net, go here http://www.rbc.org/utmost/index.php). Today's devotion really wowed me...two days ago I didn't get the devotion I read, yesterday, I resented the devotion, today - wow. Here is part of it:

if I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God. Then, when I stand face to face with God, I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When God’s redemption brings a human soul to the point of obedience, it always produces. If I obey Jesus Christ, the redemption of God will flow through me to the lives of others, because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God

At first I struggled with it because often, we pray for God to give us strength to do His will. And frankly, I couldn't see how that would be wrong. I don't think it is, I think perhaps we need to pray for it a bit differently. We need to pray that we learn to love Him more. It calls to mind the old hymn:

1. More love to thee, O Christ, more love to thee!
Hear thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to thee;
more love to thee, more love to thee!

2. Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
now thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to thee;
more love to thee, more love to thee!

3. Let sorrow do its work, come grief and pain;
sweet are thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
when they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to thee;
more love to thee, more love to thee!

4. Then shall my latest breath whisper thy praise;
this be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
this still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to thee;
more love to thee, more love to thee!


SPICY


dried basil seeds - I can still smell them - what a wonderful spicy scent - different from the scent of fresh basil

5 comments:

  1. I like con trails because it looks like someone is drawing a line in the sky. They are using either a pencil or their finger to draw it. Or they are just pointing their finger and moving it and the con trail appears like magic. It is like seeing sailing ships, or animals in the clouds.

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  2. I have a copy of Oswald Chamber's book somewhere. I should really dig it out!

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  3. I love the line of the hymn:
    Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
    now thee alone I seek, give what is best.

    Reminds me of:
    Matt 6:33But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    (I've quoted this scripture alot recently, perhaps I'm being prompted to think on it more)

    My littlest is obsessed with aeroplanes, con trails n' all :o)

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  4. I love Oswald Chambers. There was a time in my life when I thought perhaps I was being called to Ministry. I was really concerned about my "calling" and a friend gave me "My Utmost for His Highest." She has since died and I treasure that book, both because she gave it to me and because it contains so much wisdom. I have since given it as a gift to my mom and a couple of other really special women in my life.

    I really need to get it out and read it again.

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  5. Thanks for your comment I came over to remind myself of the words of this hymn, I remember now. I was just so amazed that we show our love of God by loving each other...how can I not have seen that before? I mean I've heard the scripture a thousand times (I mean the scripture I posted on my blog today).

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