Saturday, September 21, 2013

I saw a rose...

I saw a rose on a path
A single, pink-red rose
It had escaped from its clan
And to the earth it dove

It found its purpose on the trail
Short-lived as it might be
It said so much while lying there
In beauty and in peace

A note to me from those who've passed
So much to learn from them
It spoke of what will lie ahead
It’s not just a dead end

I know the way I’m heading now
Is the way that I should go
I’m thankful for the pink-red rose
A sign so I would know



“In Him we live and move and exist.” Acts 17:28 

How many times have we said at the end of the day, “Wow I've gotten so much done today?” And then we go through a mental list of all we've accomplished? Some things we feel good about and others we are just happy to be done with! The next day we work for the same feeling—-the same “high” that our accomplishments give us. But there is a greater joy. There is a joy that comes from just being who we are in Christ. Just being, not doing. Real satisfaction doesn't have anything to do with what we've accomplished, but in resting in what He’s done for us. This is a much greater feeling of peace than we could ever hope to achieve through our own efforts.

Jesus said for all who are weary and heavy –laden to come to Him and find rest for their souls. We cease from our own works, as even God did from His. This doesn't mean we don’t work, but our work is not toil—as it is when we work outside our Garden. The energy from our work comes from an anointing of the Spirit which manifests itself through the gifts He has breathed into us. Ultimately, the greatest joy comes from living, moving and simply existing in Him.—the “I Am.”

Matthew 12:28-30, Genesis 3:17-20, Genesis 3:14, John 8:58

September 21, 2013