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Saturday, August 16, 2014

the KING is coming

i've watched a lot of news in the past week. my heart has been heavy and burdened as this planet, under the chaotic management of fallen humanity, struggles with war, slavery, pain, disappointment and death.

even my little corner of the world reels with corruption- rich people getting richer, poor people getting poorer, political wrangling, tens of thousands of children who live and die in the streets, and a failing justice system.

nature itself seems to have turned wildly unstable. Sunbaked places burn. Oceans roil. Storm clouds churn. Sudden rain pours down. Floods rise to terrifying heights.

it can get to be depressing.

partly because there isn't much i can do about any of this, other than pray.

yet deep in my spirit, amidst the turmoil of this world, a quiet thought keeps bubbling up to the surface.

"it's not always going to be this way."

and that is the truth.

there is hope, because the kingdom of THE KING is coming. we live in the shadow of evil, but the King is coming. there really is going to be "the return of the king".

someday the lion will lay down beside the lamb, and there will be no bloodshed.

someday a little child will play with a poisonous snake, and no harm will come to him.

someday the nations of the world will get along. there will be no racial tension, no wars, no dictators, no elections, no political game-playing, no suicide, no genocide, no hurricanes, no deserts, no floods.

and meantime, in my little corner of this swiftly tilting planet, i pray. i wait. i hope. i obey His voice. i love those he has given me to love.

and i whisper, "maranatha!"



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

on character

when i was young, my mother told me that God watched over me. She assured me that He saw everything I did, heard each word i said, and knew each thought  that was in my mind.

it's true, of course.

He does.

He did then, and He does now.

my mother instilled in me the reality that my life is an open book before the Holy One who created me, and i believe it to be so.

hence, i learned that even when i was alone, He was there. (Psalm 139:3)

now, when you're a kid, this is both good and bad. i didn't want to be alone, but sometimes i wanted to be alone.

you know?

but her teachings held.

and i passed them on to my children.

there is no night with God. He can see in the dark. (Psalm 139:12) nothing can hide us from His love, from His watching.

and i realize now that my character developed because of that teaching.

character is the way you act when no one is there- when no one is watching you.

an activated conscience is not guilt- it's awareness.

it's understanding that even in the darkest, alonest, wickedest of times, He's there.

and it's knowing that when we close the doors of our rooms or our hearts and try to pretend no one sees and no one hears, He's still there.

loving.

watching.

praying over us that His character will be formed in us, that we will become like Him.

"God is watching."

that's what mama said.