Hidden in Plain Sight

The man she wanted was filled with words of wisdom that stimulated her intellect and further established her confidence. He properly guided her to a success that she herself thought could never be possible.

His words were the honied-dew kind that would remove strength from knees. They were like a heated knife melting through butter; romantic and yet filled with respect that solidified her inner-beauty and self-worth.

He showed her who she really was, not the reflection in the mirror but the finished, refined and perfected product of who she could be and was made to be. It’s as if he parted the curtains of time of revealed who she would eventually become.

He was just a shadow of a greater Master, an Architect at work. He was a father reassuring her of his love. He was a mother, comforting her in her times of hurt. He was that best friend who could read her emotions beneath the smile. He was the spouse that was carved from all that would complete her and by which he too would be completed.

He was Jesus, reaching through every friend, family member and lover trying to get to you. Behind every good, every smile, every moment and even the pain;
Jesus was forever the lover who was behind the good that came.

All that she can and was ever made to be, could never be achieved, until to His love finally surrendered and bent the knee. His plan is perfect, pure and powerful and was designed even before her birth; the problem is that she now gives His praise to everything else which brings Him pure hurt.

 

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The Heat of the Night

Not having a working fan last night reminded me just how hot these nights can be. Our fan, finally decided to stop working and staying asleep was a hard task, which was also compounded by the time which was moving at snail’s pace. Things were so hot, that my wife and I started taking turns fanning each other.

It was then like bolt of lightning hit me. From the air surrounding us that was so hot and humid, cool air could also be produced. Additionally, having such a good fan for such a long time made us forget how hot the nights really are.
I wonder how much of us have decided to live without the awesome presence of God because we have thought to ourselves that, it takes too much work. We, therefore, choose the ‘heat’ of the environment; that is, the struggle, the sickness and pain that God can actually uses to produce the ‘cool air’ of His blessings; that is, the healing, freedom, joy, peace and power.

Fanning one’s self is hard work and so many of us have resorted to that ‘independent’ route of looking about our own needs and desires. Thus, we totally ignore the amazing truth, that whatever we have come to enjoy now, would have been so much more potent if we had let God turn on His ‘fan’ in our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

There are also some of us, as Christians, who have the ‘cool breeze’ of the power and presence of God in our lives. We must ensure that we don’t forget that though we have been protected and filled with His peace and joy, that there is still a broken world out there. Sometimes the opportunity to change someone’s life is right next to us on a bus or as a neighbour. “Freely as you have received, freely give” Matthew 10:8.