Friday, February 5, 2016

Seasoned




 

"There is no harder lesson to learn in the spiritual life than the fact that results belong to God.  A man's responsibility is to seek before God how to purge his life of those things that make for error and wrong choices, and to act in the light of his best wisdom and most profound integrity.  Beyond this, the results are in God's hands."

~Howard Thurman, Disciplines of The Spirit

 


Here is another homework assignment from one of the bible courses I took...

New Testament: The Gospels and Acts
November 23, 2015

Question #1
How does Acts 1:6 reveal the Apostles' lack of understanding?

"Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"

The saying "patience is a virtue" comes to mind when presented with Acts 1:6.  I believe we all have had difficulty waiting.  In our current time, it seems many of us have taken on microwave sensibilities.  We want what we want and we want it now.  We are in an age of instant gratification.  Our grooming in the art of patience is quickly fading.  Each time we click a computer mouse or swipe our finger across a touch screen phone delayed gratification is made naught. 
  
I believe we all share in the Apostles' lack of understanding.  In our zeal to experience good, we attempt to make it happen now.  For illustration, in order for meat to be bold and full of flavor it is wise to marinate the meat overnight.  Seasoning the meat and instantly cooking it only renders flavor in part.  But if I am patient, if I am willing to wait and allow the meat to sit overnight in the refrigerator I will allow myself the opportunity to experience a more rounded, whole flavor.

The same principle is true of learning life lessons.  If we rush the process, we will likely only experience partial understanding and in turn incomplete results.  Just as life processes must be fulfilled, so must prophecy be fulfilled - it must come into completion.  If I (we) are able to "endure until the end," until the prophecy or process is complete, I (we) will reap the abundant and full benefit.

The Apostles' desire to know when good will be made manifest, when their highest good would come is flawed yet beautifully human nonetheless.  I imagine that we have all posed the same question(s) of The Most High, "When will this difficult time end?  When will good come to me?"  But in our rush to experience "glory" we may miss the experiences (the prerequisites) that allow the value of expected good to appreciate - to rightly know and rightly apply knowledge (wisdom). 

It is not our call to know "the end from the beginning."  That is The Most High's concern only.  We do not possess, in our current form, the omniscience or character traits that would allow us to righteously (undivided in heart and mind) to effect such knowing.  We are human.  Our self focused desires often get the best of us.  We are beautifully flawed.  We are "imperfectly-perfect" - in the perfecting process.  The Most High in the person of Christ patiently loves us, waits on us overnight to become rounded and whole.       


 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Still Friends


Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.

Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
    but an enemy multiplies kisses.

One who is full loathes honey from the comb,
    but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

~Proverbs 27:5-7 



I'm wounded, but we're still friends.
Eternal Love,
Natalie

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Gratitude

 


What shall I render?
Testimony, my heart in Praise...

Thank you to all of my teachers. Thank you to all who have graced my life; strangers, associates, friend and foe - family and adversarial forces. Thank you for spurning me unto Wholeness (Holiness). Thank you for advancing me on my upward goal, from glory to Glory. Thank you, Most High for never forsaking me even in my moments of spiritual deafness and blindness. Thank you, Jehovah Rapha for remembering me by name, "re-membering" my broken pieces. Thank you, Immanuel for my painful yet perfecting trial by fire. I count it all joy. Thank you for your cooling waters for they have refreshed me in Spirit. Thank you, Yeshua the Messiah for standing in the balance for me, for redeeming me - leading by example and showing me The Way. I am. I am, we are all worthy of Love. God is love, God is grace. Come as you are... 

"Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([r]relief and ease and refreshment and [s]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls." ~Matthew 11:29, AMP