Clouded Witness

…a cloud came and overshadowed them... Ordinary citizens try to explain phenomenal creatures terrorizing their community as MIB Kay and Jay “listen” intently. The witnesses are then blinded by a flash of light and a different, more believable story is recorded in their memory to keep them from telling the truth about what they’d just experienced. Kay and Jay also manage to “record” some small positive change in their lives as well. When other people saw them they wouldn’t know that they were ordinary people who had experienced something extraordinary, but they weren’t exactly the same either. How could they be? When Peter James and John came down from the mountain with Jesus they experienced something extraordinary, yet remained silent.  I’ve often wondered if other disciples could see it in their faces, or in their demeanor or hear it in their voices. Once the cloud lifted and Jesus was found alone, did they change even a little bit, though they remained silent? I’d like to think so. Gracious God, words can’t always express how and why I believe the extraordinary in my life, but let my faith always guide my actions so that others may always see your glory in spite of my own silence.

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Lent Day 32

Emergence

Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:7-18   Paul, speaking from his own experience and knowledge refers to a veil over the mind; a way of thinking concerning the Law of Moses. Without disregarding the law, Paul in his authority as a Pharisee and desire to serve God was forced (blinded) in order that he may think differently about God’s intended purpose for him. By his own culture and tradition blindness was considered a sin. By his own culture and tradition, only by the grace of God did he remove the veil and regain his sight. In our own desire to seek and serve God he removes every veil of in our understanding of his presence within us, that His glory may be revealed, and we too are free to boldly emerge transformed as we learn to leave all wilderness behind.

 

 

A Simple Life

I am no prophet…  Amos 7:10-17  In fact, Amos was a herdsman, a dresser of sycamore trees. Nonetheless, he was called out of his ordinary life to speak the word of God concerning the fate of Israel. His was a simple life called out by the spirit of God to speak the truth. How great do we have to be to simply live out God’s truth in the testimony of our own lives? Love God, love neighbor as self, speak the Word, have faith and know that the Lord is but a prayer away. A simple life perhaps, but in the eyes of God nothing and no one he uses is ever insignificant.