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Stretching Towards the Son

It is an easily observable phenomenon to see plants tipping their stems and leaves towards sunlight. Not easily noticed in outdoor gardens where the sun’s “path” allows plants to daily drink in the life-sustaining chlorophyll creator from all directions, but in potted plants situated on windowsills there is a noticeable bending towards, reaching for, sunlight – thus the advisable rotation of windowsill gardens to avoid lopsided configurations! For plants will not foolishly reach towards darkness!

Nature creates powerful, visual lessons that parallel life in the Spirit. The survival of the plant, the well-being, the flourishing, the purposeful life force within reaches in the direction of light – without which it would cease to thrive, and eventually die. In the same way our spirits must stretch out towards God-light, for that is our sustaining foundation. God, our Creator, fills us with purpose, our true identity, joy that invigorates, peace that sustains, confidence that strengthens, and, most wonderfully, His Holy Spirit. Strange and sad, isn’t it that those made in the image of their Creator so often willfully turn their attention away from their life source and choose instead to regard counterfeit claims for happiness, deceiving paths for spiritual growth, and the darkness and futility of a life lived without God.

Innate within the life of any plant in the physical realm is this automatic phenomenon of stretching in the direction of its life source. There is no deliberation here, no rebellious choice to discover other ways of existing! Plants naturally reach toward the sun – for it is the provider of their ongoing health, their very existence. In permitting free choice, free will, Our Abba added a new dimension to the otherwise natural process of a life force reaching out toward its answer, its fulfillment, its very reason for being. (Ephesians 1:5-6, John 1:12) Men can and do seek other avenues to survive and “succeed”. They plot out other paths to understand and attend to spiritual matters, or they completely renounce the realm of the Spirit and claim that the physical ream is their domain – and then death and darkness!

The natural world is a very effective teacher if we will let it be. Calm and quiet reflection and observation teaches instructive and beneficial spiritual lessons that inform our awareness of Truth. Reaching out toward our life source is the guarantor of our thriving. Turning away from God’s light and love ensures a withering and stunted existence; the inevitable vain pursuit and fruitless endeavor that mark a person’s mistaken placement of personal preferences and opinions above his need for salvation and the Lordship of Jesus. For apart from and unaware of His purposes for His creation we truly miss out on what our life was meant to be.

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A Continual Feast

Proverbs 15:15 – … he who has a glad heart has a continual feast.

I have, in previous writings, written a description of the offices of the church I attend. As a teacher at the associated school I would have occasion to walk through that area and was inevitably touched by the atmosphere of peace that prevailed there. Praise music was softly playing, ministry and prayers on behalf of those seeking counsel was taking place – the entire purpose of the office area was to honor and reflect God, and the result was extraordinary, tangible peace.

Your home, your days, can give evidence of this same peace. A peace that speaks the Truth that God is here and in full control, that Jesus, Who is our Peace (Ephesians 2:14), is Lord over your life, and that God’s Holy Spirit establishes our moments in this peace “that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7);  peace that reflects the absolute certainty of new creature status:

…the {previously moral and spiritual condition} has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come.(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Unwavering confidence, unshakeable peace, and a completely altered perspective are the intended outcomes of this “new creature” status. For our new life in Christ is established on “precious and exceedingly great promises” (2 Peter 1:4). Numbers 6:26 defines peace as “tranquility of heart and life continually“. According to our Father, according to His Word, that continual tranquility of heart and life is not only possible, it is our inheritance, our expectation, as His children.

We have a role here. That “peace that passes all understanding” is not automatic. We are to search for, seek eagerly and pursue “peace (harmony, undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions and moral conflicts (1 Peter 3:11). We are to assume, faithfully accept, that this peace is ours. We are to reject outright anything that attempts to destroy that peace and diminish the Truth of our Father’s Word. We are to tune into the Holy Spirit Whose ministry on our behalf produces peace. He always points us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (John 16:13-14), Who tells us:

Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. {Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.} (John 14:27)

When we “do not let…stop allowing…do not permit” we are choosing God’s life, God’s Truth, and God’s promises to “ garrison and mount guard over our hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:7). We are determining, resolving, that the Word of God overcomes anything that the world, the flesh, and the devil throw our way.

We are God’s family as believers in Christ, the Messiah, who are watching for the soon return of our Lord. Let every moment reflect His Person and His peace. Whatever you are facing this day, because you belong to God, and because He wants to bless you and do you only good – let there be peace.

“Since He may come any day, it is well to be ready every day.” A. J. Hudson