Spring snow fell upon our land yesterday, covering all the old dirty snow.
It reminded me of how the fresh wash of God’s grace refreshes and cleanses us when we veer off course.
The way His mercies are new each morning.
He sees us white as snow, redeemed, forgiven, set free by the Blood of Jesus.
God, in His amazing grace sees us all glorious within.
His eyes of grace and love see only beauty, purity and holiness. He sees our readiness to enter the chambers of the King.
God sees into us, He looks way beyond the surface messiness of our lives. He sees Christ in us the hope of glory.
He wants us to know that truth by heart and by experience for a lesson learned by experience and known by heart is not soon forgotten!
Sometimes our learning is a little painful! But the pain is only temporary as God’s truth hits home and does deep work in the heart.
All of yesterday’s beautiful snow covered up a sheet of ice behind our Durango.
Coming home after a lovely morning, exiting the vehicle with a few parcels, I did something I seldom do. Yeah! I walked around, well; my intent was to walk around the back of the truck.
These feet of mine connected with the ice and the side of my head connected with the bumper! I had forgotten to remember the patch of ice!
My first thought as my head rested on the bumper? I wondered if my neck was broken. And then I wondered what the neighbors might think if they saw me kneeling in the snow at the back of the truck, one arm cradling my head, the other still clutching my parcels; if they could hear me muttering…in the Name of Jesus, healing, healing healing….
Slowly rising, still clutching tight to my parcels, one hand to my head, feeling something sticky, I walked into the house. Giving the dogs a very dazed greeting, I realized the best course of action was to get back into the Durango and go to the Medical Clinic.
My distress was obvious and a Dr. saw me right away. This is where the lesson kicks in.
After asking me what happened, he picks up the instrument to check my ears! I am thinking, “My ears? My head hurts and is bleeding. It’s my head that has a lump the size of an egg!”
Before I could ask, he answered. Sound familiar? He told me he was checking to make sure there was no blood behind the eardrums. He turned out the lights, checked my retinas with another instrument, and told me if underneath my eyes turned blue (and something else I forget) happened, to go to Emergency.
He was not concerned about the bump all by itself. The Dr. was checking for signs of a fractured skull!
He gave me six anti-inflammatory pills to help with the swelling and pain and cheerily let me know he thought I would be OK.
The slip and subsequent visit to the Dr. gave the Holy Spirit an opportunity to show me how our issues, what we see on the surface is not what He wants to deal with in our lives.
He always wants to go to the root. He is not interested in just a pretty outside.
He is going to look into our eyes and ask us what has caught the attention of our ears. Are we hearing the lies of the enemy telling us we are not as _____ she is? Is jealousy, insecurity, inferiority, pride or unforgiveness blocking our love walk? How can we love our brother or sister if we harbor those feelings? The answer is – we cannot.
It hurts when we realize we have not embraced the sacrifice of Jesus and we are still holding onto our “stuff”.
The Blood drips red from the Cross-it has not lost its power.
I want to honor the sacrifice, honor the One who died and rose again. I want to give the Holy Spirit free reign to look deep into my soul and show me how to appropriate the power of the Cross.
Shall we stand at the Cross together and let the Blood drip red over us?
Our identity is in Christ and in Him I am one with you. Amazing isn’t it! Can we make a commitment to one another to choose love and exercise grace?
We can show the world our love by living our faith. By expressing sincere, godly love for one another and being examples of the love of Jesus. To show others the love and compassion of Jesus, looking way beyond the initial bump; ignore the scrape and just love, love, love in Jesus name.
We are after all, all diamonds in the rough.
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