Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Get Your Sparkle On!"

Of all things to break during the Holiday times, my vaccum has sucked up its last dust bunny.  With each attempt to use it, the motor revved louder and louder.  I knew something was up.  Then it made a sound like...cough, cough...gasp, eeeerrrreeesputter  sputter  thump thump.  (No, that wasn't the bunny).  It's history.

So, today on Day 6 of my Christmas decorating, I noticed the carpet after spreading out my handrail garland and untwisting the ribbon and greenery.  It glitters like gold, which just happens to remind me of a devotional I wrote last spring. Since I am a day late on my Friday postings, I thought I'd work this in today.

Here's hoping you all will all get your "sparkle" on this Christmas, ...and don't be too quick to vacuum or sweep it all up. 

Glittering Steps
Revelation 21:18 -21 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.  The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

 Each step lit up, sparkling and shining, so brilliant, I looked forward to more steps up the sidewalk.  Usually, my shoes are trying to avoid a fresh wad of chewed gum or worse as I walk through my workplace, a high school campus.  Today though, because of some ceremony for graduation or more simply, a club making a big sign, spilled glitter salt and peppered the walkway as I traveled from the administration building across the campus quad to the library.  All colors were represented; blue, green, red and then of course the silver and gold.  Shining brightly that day, the sun reflected off the sparkly embellished sidewalk of glitter, almost half the distance to the library.  Disappointment came to my heart as I ended my glorious walk down my glistening pathway, imagining another roadway.  

“Is this a little glimpse of what it might be like in Heaven?”  I thought.  

We can only imagine and then it can never compare to God’s brilliance and His Glory. 

Lord, thank you for this reminder that my walk is towards eternity and though we may only catch a spark now and then, let me continue to be ever present of the treasure that awaits me in your time, thus reflecting to those in my pathway. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Event Planner--Supreme

Psalm 139: 1-3 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
         You understand my thought afar off.
  You comprehend my path and my lying down,
         And are acquainted with all my ways.

My thoughts drifted all day to my upcoming group fellowship, to be held that evening.  Without transportation and failing to prepare the night before, I tried to formulate a plan in my head how I was going to get my “stuff” together for this event. In frustration, I even contemplated not going so I would not have to inconvenience others and avoid the hassle.

…But God goes before me
  I find that thoughts are like having an open mic in heaven. Never did I “bow my head and close my eyes” and talk to God about my dilemma. Why would God intervene in my silly, unorganized logistic problems?

The Event Planner—Supreme

My “T-mail,” my thoughts, are heard, and because God in omnipotent, omnipresent and just loves me to pieces…He makes a way.

Well...It wasn't this dramatic, but still...

Surprised to see my good friend Cathy waiting at my house when I got home from work, she had a situation of her own.  She knew I needed a ride, but she wanted help to make her big apple baked dessert. We gathered up a few things we needed including me and we were off. Going to the store together, we purchased the ingredients for my salad and then headed to her house.

In a team effort we sliced up fresh apples, rolled out a crust from scratch and made an unforgettably delicious apple bake. That was fun and fellowship in itself. Going on over to the gathering of friends that  I spend every other Monday night with, we  celebrated the oncoming Christmas season in dinner and blessings.  How could I have missed this night?

Thank you Lord that You are intently listening, granting me grace, and making a way for me.  I pray that I can do the same; continue to listen to you intently, be grace-full, and be a servant when You allow me to be a part of an “event” in someone else’s life. Amen.