And The Rains Came

Are you witnessing too?

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Big trees sway, musically orchestrated by the conductor who waives His baton to commence the performance. In the background, percussions give life to the motion. The rains came, and angels with wings call to the heavens, “Let us dance!” A curtain of clouds draw nearer, and the lights dim.

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The drums sound from the heavens – God is coming, God is coming! Drumsticks ping on the cymbals resembling rain. Angels spread their wings to protect the innocent from harm. Our Almighty Creator now reigns in the hearts of men. The symphony cries out an overture from the past, for God, once again, makes the rain last forever.

Angels in white robes chant as loud as they can to raise the dead, “Sing with us all ye at rest.” In His mighty voice, God speaks to all the graves, “Release the saved and return them to ME!”

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The symphony’s somber notes are no match to the exorbitant trumpets. Purifying the filth, heaven comes to reclaim its world…. and the rains came.
The resilience of the harps are enlightened, and cymbals chime like the rains. God prevails!

A tiny stick, the magical wand, directs the unrehearsed symphony to continue harmoniously onward. Not one soul can predict the magnitude of Christ’s coming!

The sun bursts and its resilient rays pierce the surface of the earth – the chosen will go first. Heavens of ocean blue showers the countryside. All God’s creations grow to magnificent proportions. Life is born again…. as the rains came.

Pragmatically, Christ reclaims His followers. The Lord now reigns upon Satan’s soil – where the big trees sway like an orchestrated wave by a little baton, keeping time in everything God creates.

Amongst the white robes, the percussion dims yet the cymbals still ping. From the heavens, diamonds appear out of the blue, and the streets are gold…. and the rains came.

Are you witnessing too?

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Shepherding

….and Are You Called To Shepherd Others?

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I awoke in a hotel of rooms stacked one on top of another. A thought comes to mind in the bright morning light while reminiscing about the previous evening spent with friends. God blesses our honored relationships. Friends are valued like Mom’s fine China she’d use on Sunday – a trophy removed from a hutch. You hold this connection delicately for there’s nothing else like it. We look at each other and wonder why life sent us different directions yet we’re still allowed to share our experiences as we retire from life’s ventures. God rounds out our personalities because He somehow understands the importance of camaraderie.

Some people, though, merely exist, alone and separated from the love of others. Late in life, when we need each other the most, some wake with their lives closed out from their souls. You can’t help but wonder where God is in their world. Painting a way to find Jesus, our mornings are brighter when we live in prayer.

Returning to my roots, I look for spirits to connect to once again. Many are more interested in appearances and status than acquaintances. I feel the absence of strength as I walk about in the misty harbor. So, I ask God how I can shepherd those too busy with their self-absorbing destinies. They’re not aware that He is the tour guide carrying their spirits. Many are too wrapped up in material gifts to justify their tranquility which exists only because of God. At the end of the day when goodbyes are exchanged, we walk away with our heads held high. I know, in some small way, I gave my heart to the good of God’s children…. shepherding His name.

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

Are You Called To Shepherd Others?

  • A Christian leader must pick up the towel and serve others. He/She is a constant guide of encouragement to their flocks – a caretaker, if you will. Much time and energy may be spent “herding the sheep”, sacrificing every waking moment.
  • A Christian must lead their sheep to the greener pastures of God’s word. Sometimes, this may mean becoming personally involved in other’s lives, ensuring that all are “fed”—and fed well. Discipleship and sharing every day are key characteristics of a shepherd.
  • A Christian leader should remove fear from others and strive to resolve conflicts. They will not hesitate to confront others about things in their life that need to be removed. Using a “rod and a staff”, they fend off evil and rescue the good sheep by helping them get through the rough spots of life.
  • A strong Christian follows the Lord as well. Our leadership is only successful if we are leading people in the path of Christ.

 

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In My Shoes

and…. Do You Stand In Judgment Of Others? Characteristics of a Judgmental Person

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I didn’t realize the path I followed would lead me to a clearing when I stopped at the wooded edge. Daylight allowed a different point of view. I wandered over brooks and broken branches where time claimed their usefulness. The briars and slippery leaves laid dying in the shadows and shades of life. It appears our lives are determined and judged by the turns we take to arrive at the final destination.

In My Shoes 3In the bright sunshine, I asked, “God, where were you as I walked lost, trying to find my way?” Looking out over the waving grain, I thought I heard a voice… oh, it was just in my mind as I found my way through the forest. I listened intently as the breeze romanced the autumn sprouts. God has certainly shed his grace, but not in the woods where I climbed and fought my way out.

Again, I thought I heard someone clearing their voice. It reminded me of a little bullfrog laying upon a lily. I dusted off the remnants of the woods and rubbed my eyes clean of debris. As I looked up, poised against a tree, was Jesus, my Lord, watching me.

Disgruntled with the path I chose to take, I asked, “Where were you when I slipped and fell?”

He quietly smiled, nodded his head and looked at me with one eye. “My son, who picked you up when you were hurt and saved you from being scratched in the briars? Or pushed you to the brink as you walked along in circles? It was I, only me, that kept the snakes and rodents at bay, only me! Now you’re safe. Be blessed…” And then…. He was gone.

So, I thought about an old familiar tune as it rattled in my head. It’s only God who knows where my shoes walked and I defy you to curse my path. My journey is mine and yours – is yours. God didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world, but to save it. Who are we to judge other’s paths in life? Mine is no more wrong than the way you took to the end of your woods. I know God blesses you… He blesses us all if we allow Him. Please, don’t stand in judgment unless…”you walk a mile in my shoes…

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

Do You Stand In Judgment Of Others?

Do you become enraged by someone else’s sin? Become aware of your own sin first!
Do you refuse to forgive? Offer love and goodness instead.
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Do you cut off contact with someone who has sinned or because you have different points of view? Has God ever departed from you when you sinned? He asks that we love each other unconditionally.
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Do you participate in gossiping? This is the trait of judging someone without giving them the chance to change.

Do you hate to receive criticism, so you turn a blind eye? This signifies hating to admit that you have faults. We can’t grow and learn by our mistakes if we can’t be honest with our ourselves.

Do you refuse to confront others of their mistakes? You’re permanently stamping them to their sin without ever giving them the chance to receive grace.

Do you automatically write someone off as hopeless? Where would you be if not for the courage of others to speak truths of your life?

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