Squirrels are so photogenic sometimes. This one, in particular, was going around the tree and he kept peeping around the tree trunk as to tease me. I got him though!
The Lord layed this on my heart a while back and I thought you would enjoy it!
Oh! Come with me, and be my friend!
My love for you can have no end.
Please say that I may bask a while
'Neathe the reflection of your smile.
Your eyes have found and made me whole,
A blessed fortress to my soul.
Reveal to me, oh won't you show
That part of you I long to know?
Fling wide your arms and fear no harm;
Our love need cause you no alarm.
With hold not your charm and splendor,
For you surpass all in your gender.
Could you but see the world through eyes
Like mine, you'd know there's no despise
for you in me. Though life is hard,
In you I place my high'st regard.
It's situations like this when you find yourself wondering if it is possible to feel any smaller than you do right then. Nature is just fascinating. A great design leaves no room for doubt--there is a Master Designer!
I know what you are thinking. This dude has fallen off of his rocker and landed on his head incurring massive trauma to his brain. Life and death are intrinsic opposites. But, on spiritual terms, let us rethink this oxymoron.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
The Apostle Paul here addresses what it means for a person to be alive and yet dead. As humans, we were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) meaning that we too are triune beings. Just as God reveals himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so He created man with a body, soul, and a spirit. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He saves our spirit not our soul. Our soul is the part of us that strives against God via the sinful nature that we all struggle with. That is the part that Paul is saying saying is crucified with Christ on the cross. That old, sinful nature needs to be put to death. You may ask why must this happen? I'm glad you asked. This must happen because the Scriptures make it very clear that no man can serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24) Jesus cannot live in a heart that has not been given completely to Him, and let's just be real here for a minute. Should He?
Moving on to the part we all like...the part where we are ALIVE. Once we have put our will, emotions, and minds to death, then God steps in and breathes new life into us! (II Corinthians 5:17) Then, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, the world can see our beauty!
So...I don't know if you have ever tried to capture a chipmunk on camera, but here's how it goes. You look through your view finder waiting for that perfect shot when it's sitting up just looking at you, begging you to snap a picture. You keep looking through the view finder. Here one second, there the next second. Back and forth again...and again...and again. Finally your eyes get blurry from not being able to focus on the hyper little guy who finds staying in one place as practical as you would find another hole in your head. You shoot blur after blur after blur. Your group has long since moved leaving you alone to attempt this epic picture in the making. Just as you're about to walk away in frustration, it happens. The little rodent stops, gets on it's haunches, and picks up some grass to nibble on. SNAP!! There you have it!
When I say that ' I am a Christian ' , I am not shouting that ' I am clean living.
I ' m whispering ' I was lost, but now I ' m found and forgiven. '
When I say ' I am a Christian ' , I don ' t speak of this with pride.
I ' m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say ' I am a Christian ' , I ' m not trying to be strong.
I ' m professing that I ' m weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say ' I am a Christian ' , I ' m not bragging of success.
I ' m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say ' I am a Christian ' , I ' m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say ' I am a Christian ' , I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say ' I am a Christian ' , I ' m not holier than thou,
I ' m just a simple sinner who received God ' s good grace, somehow!
This is the start and first post of my Visual Journal. I hope you enjoy the world through my lens, thoughts, and words. I appreciate the company. :)