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The whole earth is FULL of His glory!
“We are without excuse!”
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” -Romans 1:20
NIV 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. -Romans 1: 20,21 NIV
His glory is everywhere. We can’t miss it. From the most breathtaking mountainside to the tiniest bud. If we don’t praise His name, then “THE ROCKS WILL CRY OUT HIS GLORY!”
“He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” -Luke 19:40
I’m especially drawn to “the buds.” He has created the most breathtaking creations in the most delicate of petals. In the summer, I have them all over the house. Everyday, I go out and cut.
Truth be told, I actually go on plant hunts all year round, bringing in evergreen, boxwood, holly, and whatever else I can find.
What a reminder of our God’s attention to detail and beauty. It causes my heart to stop and worship, so I gather and display His glory all around me!
I don’t know if my kids ever read my thoughts here, but if any of you are reading…this is the reason your crazy Mom has flowers all over the house! Praise to the Lord:)
I’m especially fond of hydrangeas. I LOVE blue…but, they are hard to grow here in Cincy. (Wells, at least they are for me!) I’m not a very good soil manager!
But, I do have pink!
They don’t last forever of course, but if I paint them, they just might:)
And since I have a bit of trouble growing blue…
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Today, I’m in Chapter 9 of Beth Guckenberger’s book Start With Amen.
The visual connection with Beth’s scripture reference today is a reminder of our heritage…our ancestors…(the Israelistes) and their relationship with The Father.
The Tent of Meeting
7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent.
It’s a familiar tradition throughout time…to pitch our tent, to put our stake in the ground.
But the Lord did not intend for us to singularly and independently set up our tent…His plan was for us to do it together…with Him.
“When we stop and listen, we enter into what the Israelites called the “tent of meeting.” It’s ridiculously special to have a standing invitation by the Creator to connect on how I feel, what he wants, where we’re going” -Beth Guckenberger
I love this visual…God’s tent. -That in this simple, humble abode, God chooses to meet with us.
Does it not send you to a place of awe, to recognize that are BIG God wants to meet with us in our lowly little tents?????
…and our response…
we often don’t’ stop to meet. Instead we rush off to the coffee shop for our mug o’ joe and then on to the rest of our day that WE have scheduled.
His schedule, His plan, has eternal purpose for our good and for the good of others!
My favorite part of this scripture is this:
“Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent.”
When we refuse to stop and listen, we do not inspire worship, we do not inspire praise, we do not inspire LOVE.
When we refuse to obey our GOOD Father, we become a “sour note” …distracting from the BEAUTIFUL score that God is orchestrating for our good, and the good of countless others.
Can you hear that clunker? It’s easy to pick out that conflicting sound isn’t it? Especially when it’s someone else’s instrument! (Yuk)
( This analogy is especially real for me…yes, I was in the band)
When we are in harmony with God and in turn, with each other we are a lovely instrument, that adds depth and wonder to His piece.
And it all starts in the tent.
Pitch that tent in the land of HOPE (Acts 2:25-28 MSG), and remember that EVERY note is a part of God’s BIG Symphony. We all need a daily “sound check” to tune our instrument, right?!!
For those of you following, you know I’ve been so touched and inspired by Beth Guckenberger’s book ; Start With Amen.
As I continue to read in Chapter 8, Beth shares a story that reached down and grabbed me in a place that was so familiar.
“In extreme naïveté, I once went running alone in downtown Tiranë, Albania, and got horribly lost. No cell phone, no language skills, no idea where I was. Hours later, as though he were in a scene from an overdramatic telenovela, Todd, my then-boyfriend, came out of nowhere, looking like none of the thousands of people surrounding me, and I ran to him. My only words: “You came for me.” “
From Start with Amen by Beth Guckenberger
You came for me. With disbelief, those words reach deep…Deep into the fear of not measuring up, not being good enough…living with the lie that I might be alone, that I might be unloved. (But only by the “world’s” standards)
I imagine that day Beth describes.
Racing with panic, fear, hopelessness…lost and unable to find the way out.,. and then, someone you love, someone you trust, someone who you long for, is there to rescue you, and your heart sighs with relief and gratitude…hopeful that everything will be ok.
When I was about 10, I ventured out to our local amusement park with 2 friends. Mom dropped us off for a day of fun and newly found independence.
I should have followed my husband’s Grossie’s advice (which she followed without exception until the day she went to be with the Lord) “NEVER go anywhere with and uneven number…especially 3…you’ll find trouble.”
I think she was right.
The other 2 girls thought it would be fun to “ditch” me. (the trouble)
Not so fun for me.
I happen to be on the extreme end of the emotional chart, which didn’t help the situation. At the tender age of 10, I was already filled with lies about myself and was well on my way to the land of great insecurity. My first response was panic, followed by confusion, rejection, and fear.
I was alone. The girls I was with, well…I thought they were my friends. Friends don’t abandon…until they do. (Jesus knew this first hand) I wanted to go home. I wanted to call my Mom to come for me…but, this was the first time I had been allowed to go without a chaperone and I didn’t want to prove myself unworthy of the privilege; besides, we didnt have cell phones back in the Stone Age. It wasn’t so easy to call.
I spent many hours wandering alone. Often hiding from the crowds due to embarrassment. My “friends” forgot about me and had a good time.
I was so thankful when the day was over, and my Mom came for me. The relief that washed over me when I was “rescued” by someone who loved me…someone who would take me somewhere safe, was overwhelming. (Of course, I didn’t say a word about it to my Mom 😕)
You came for me….me.
Jesus came for us all. No need to be embarrassed. We ALL needed saving!
If you have children, make sure you tell them they are loved by THE KING…beyond measure. Remind them every day, that they are NOT who their friends say they are…The Creator of the universe doesn’t make mistakes, and He made them for a great purpose, born out of a great love. In Him they are accepted, chosen, adopted, forgiven, redeemed, set apart and loved beyond understanding.
Our Savior came for