Sunday, 16 March 2008

The Reminder in the Warmth of Spring

"The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, "Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy!...Moses immediately threw himself to the ground and worshiped."

- Exodus 34:6,8

The question has been heard throughout our house almost everyday this winter. "Is everyone sure they have gone to the bathroom?" "Yes, Mom" comes the answer of exasperated children. To which I reply, "Okay, but if you get all your stuff on and then you have to go, you have to take it all off again and we will never get there!" And with that I start the checklist. "Everyone needs snow pants, boots, ski jackets, gloves, if they are wet you need another pair, (honestly you have to specify these things), hats, scarves and don't forget to pack your shoes!" Getting five kids out of the house bundled up and all looking like the Michelin man so that they don't freeze to death is quite a feat.

This past weekend, we got a reminder of what is just around the corner. As I stepped out into the fresh morning air on Saturday I was greeted with the sunny warmth of bright sunshine. No need to be bundled up in protection from the elements. The feeling of nature's heat began to creep through my body and I took a slow, deep breath. It is hard to put into words that first touch of spring but it was like I could feel again. The thaw had begun and it reminded me of the first time that I began to know God for who He really was. I think lots of people know about God just like we know about spring. The nightly news can tell us spring is coming, schools can teach us all about the season of spring itself but until we walk out our door and experience the season for ourselves can we ever really know?

I believe Jesus is the same. You can read about Him, friends can tell you about Him, you can actually know all there is to know but until you experience that first taste, that first touch that enters your heart like nothing I am able to describe, you are clueless as to who He really is. For those of you who are still searching, I would encourage you to not just read or listen to anybody's word about Him but read His word about what He says about himself. Do you ever really know what the water in the pool is like unless you get in yourself? Pray and ask Him about His promises "I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me" Proverbs 8:17 and "Ask, and it will given to you: seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 Jump in and experience Jesus for yourself.

For those of you who have given your life to him, close your eyes for a moment and think back to that first time that you really realized who Jesus was. Remember the moment that the Lord of the Universe entered your heart and changed the way that you would experience Him forever. Then, just like Moses fall down and worship.

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