Took the kids to the library today for the start of a six week story time thing. I think I must be clinically insane. It went pretty well considering the insanity we have experienced in the past. One fit that had the potential to escalate to monstrous proportions was stopped in its tracks. Bella didn't scream her head off till we were in line checking out and Joshua was a pill but we didn't get the stink eye and we weren't asked to leave. We even made it home before the rain! Thankful!! I am certain the reason why I didn't grow any grey hairs on this trip was because of the prayers of a certain sweet friend.
When I really think about the story of the transfiguration my head kinda explodes. The first part almost seems like a story out of a childrens book. One day Peter, James and John were walking with their friend when suddenly he is changed to a sparkling glowing figure. Out of nowhere friends of long ago also appear and join their sparkling friend. Then God's voice rains down and I am immediately snapped out of children's storybook land. God speaks and Peter, James and John freak.
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. (Matthew 17:6 NIV84)
They don't even have to see Him face to face to be terrified. All God has to do is speak and the sheer power of His voice makes the mountains tremble. I think most often I get wrapped up in the cuddly children's storybook God. I forget how incredibly powerful he is and that compared to Him I'm absolutely nothing. One day I'll meet this Holy, Powerful and Righteous God and I bet I too come unglued. When my sinful self is in the presence of powerful perfection His love will be all the more apparent and so will my reason to fear.
Love this verse from the next section yet I have no clue what it truly means or even how one goes about attaining it.
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20 NIV84)
I can't help but think about Paul in this verse. The man had so much faith in God deadly snakes couldn't keep the man down. He was so focused on the mission God had set in front of him even a deadly snake bite didn't phase him. He shook off the beast and kept on going.
Practically speaking maybe that's what Jesus is talking about here. Shaking off the beastly circumstances that seem to stand in our way of accomplishing the goal God has given us. I'm excited even thinking about this yet I'm saddened that I am so distracted by the beastly snakes around me. My focus is so off right now and this seems impossible. "Nothing will be impossible for you". Of course in my flesh this sounds beyond awesome because nothing will be impossible so I can become super mom. Wahoo!!!
This is so not what this verse is about. Am I willing to shake off my own agenda? Am I willing to let go of my to do list? Am I willing to forget about the messes and how tired I am and lean directly into Him so that I can love? God please help me to shake off the beasts that distract me every day from my mission. Their fangs poison me with venom that chokes out a destroys love. Help me to surrender. Help ME to die so that love may prevail. I thank you for this time that has opened my eyes to my sinful selfish ways. Please continue to cut away the rot and decay that the venom has caused so that I may begin to love more like you.
To end this wonderful chapter we find a fish with money in its mouth.
"But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four‑drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours." (Matthew 17:27 NIV84)
Truly awesome! Wonderful perspective on our finances as well.
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