Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jesus' Hands


Jesus touched a blind man’s eyes.
The blind man looked at Jesus’ hands.

Jesus blessed a little child.
The child sat still in Jesus’ hands.

Jesus touched a crippled woman.
The woman stood straight by Jesus’ hands.

Jesus took a young girl’s hand.
She rose from the dead at Jesus’ hands.

Jesus touched a fevered woman.
The fever vanished at Jesus’ hands.

Jesus touched three frightened disciples.
Their fears were calmed by Jesus’ hands.

Jesus washed the disciples’ feet.
They learned humility by Jesus’ hands.

Jesus clutched a carpenter’s hammer.
Nails pierced both of Jesus’ hands.

Jesus folded His burial cloth.
Many saw the scars in Jesus’ hands.

Jesus lives for all eternity.
Earth’s trials will vanish when we see Jesus' hands.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Expectations


United Airlines has a slogan . . .
“Place your expectations in the upright position.”

Expectations.
We all have them.
We may call them by a different name – hopes, dreams, visions for the future, a reason to set goals today.

Expectations lie embedded in every one of us. 
The key that gives a glimpse into tomorrow.
The driving force behind today.

The Hebrew calls them: “the thing that I long for.”

But what if we did “place our expectations in the upright position”?

What if we placed all our hopes, dreams, visions, and goals in a position higher than ourselves; outside of ourselves; beyond ourselves?

Forward and Upward.

On a God who sees the end from the beginning.
Who knows our thoughts before we think them.
Who knows our dreams, hopes, visions, goals . . . our “expectations” . . . before they were ever “the thing that we long for.”

What if we let Him decide our dreams?

What if we DID place our expectations in the upright position?

We would find ourselves within sight of our journey’s end.  

We would constantly be aware that beyond today’s journey lies a hope beyond our expectations.  Greater than we can visualize.  

“My expectation is from HIM,” David said (Psalm 62:5).

Forward and Upward.

The perfect position to place all that we long for.

The upright position.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Our Side

My cousin Hannah and I read a chapter of Scripture together every day. 

Well. . .not exactly “together.”   
She’s several miles away. 
In India.  
Serving the Lord with her husband, teaching deaf children.  


Used by permission.  (Thanks, Hannah!  ~Your Short Cousin)

It strikes me that God’s Word isn’t bound by space . . . or time.

Hannah reads her chapter in the morning while I’m heading to bed the night before.  I read the chapter the next morning while she’s heading to bed that night.

But we’re reading the same LIVING Word.

“Together.”

This month, we're reading Hebrews 13.  Verse 6 tells me our God is ALSO not bound by space or time:
“The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

This verse is also found in the Old Testament.  It reads this way:
“The LORD is on my side;  I will not fear. What can man do unto me?” (Psalm 118:6)

My Helper.  On my side.  
A promise from the Old Testament.  A promise from the New Testament.

A promise to a missionary in India.
The same promise to me here in Oregon.

The same God. 

Right by our side.  
Both of us.   
No matter the time of day.  No matter where we are.

We have a God present and real.
Ready to have all things committed into His hands.  

Let's remember He's there by our side.

And lean hard on Him as our Helper.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Final Forgiveness

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:24)

I often wonder what it was like to cross through the Red Sea on dry ground; to watch Jericho’s walls collapse; or to walk with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee.   

But imagine being present at the most astonishing event of world history – the scourging of Christ, the Promised Savior.

Someone should have protested.  

Instead, the loudest voices were those in favor of the scourging. Jesus Himself did not even raise a voice in His own defense.   

Peter, who was there, described the scene this way:  “When He was reviled, [He] reviled not again.  When He suffered, He threatened not.” (1 Peter 2:23).

While being scourged for our sins, the Maker of heaven and earth – and of those who accused Him – said nothing.

Yet, after He was placed on a cross, Jesus spoke these words:  “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

He committed Himself – and His accusers – to “Him that judges righteously.”  

And the result was forgiveness – available to all who will believe in Him.

He died . . . .AND rose again.

Forgiveness is full and free.  And final.

“There is no other name under heaven given among men 
whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

 Happy Easter!!!