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Monday, April 25, 2011

A Broken Jar of Jelly

I woke this morning, feeling a little like the the weather outside.  I am sure you can relate to the feeling of a  dark, gloomy outlook, with an occasional down pour of opinion, random lightening strikes, and the thundering voice of whine.  I really dislike waking to these feelings and emotions, because it is such a battle to overcome. Colossians 3:12, comes to my mind to put on the tender mercies of God- kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;  By faith I am dressing in these mercies but my heart is still stormy.  By faith I am going through my morning routine but the storm is brewing in my heart. By faith I listen to a short video asking the question-"Do I desire God"? You can listen to that here.
A jolt, a little Son beam into my stormy heart but it was not until I went into the kitchen to make breakfast that reality hit.  You see I dropped a jar of jelly on the tile floor.  The glass shattered and the jelly was a blob on my newly mopped floor.  My first response was Thank You that this was not my favorite homemade Jelly from the Tate's. (Funny first thought?) As I looked at the shattered glass and the blob of jelly I was quickly reminded of my life and what God desires from all of us-Humility.

God desires a life of humility.  A life of brokenness before Him.  The shattered glass reminded me to humble myself before Him.  As I swept up the brokenness, as I wiped up the stickiness, as I trashed the pieces, I was reminded of how God makes all things new.  He takes our broken shattered hearts and exchanges them for His soft tender compassionate heart. We have the resurrected power of Christ living in our lives and we not longer have to live with the storm raging in our hearts.  Scriptures teaches if we draw near to God He will draw near to us.  This drawing near is only possible if we humble ourselves before Him. 

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.Be sober, be vigilant; because  your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.  But may the God of all grace, who called us[c] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.  To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-11

I hope none of you reading this blog, ever wakes to these feelings but if you do remember my broken jar of jelly and humble yourself before the LORD.


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