Page 299 began with a need to find my gloves and ice scraper as there was a heavy frost on the windshield and windows of my truck. After clearing the glass so I could safely drive, I made my way to work. With the coldest night of the season so far, there wasn’t much of a need to check the heating systems when I arrived at work because it was obvious they were working. As I went about my morning prayer, cleaning, and building prep tasks I found myself singing — I should point out that my singing follows the instructions of Paul to the Ephesians where he says to “sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” I suppose if it was audible singing that I was doing, we wouldn’t have much of a need for our pest control service. 🙂 This morning’s song that seemed to take center stage in my mind was “The Solid Rock”. It seems it is so easy and common for people to build on no foundation at all or, at the most, on foundations of sand. God’s desire is that we not only build our life on the solid foundation of Christ, but that everything we do is built on that same foundation.
Once the building was ready for the day I took the trash out and found a deer standing along the edge of the woods grazing on the frost covered grass and brush. I asked her to stay put for a while so I could get my camera. When I came back outside, she seemed very interested in posing and having her picture taken, so I happily obliged. I had a helper for the day and with an increase in seizures accompanying the unsettled weather, she was content to rest in my office as I worked on sermon and teaching material. By early afternoon we packed up our things for the day and went to lunch. After lunch the air temperature was still rather cool but the sun was shining, so we headed down to Potato Creek State Park to photograph the fall foliage. There was a steady breeze keeping the water surface moving so I wasn’t able to get the reflections I had hoped for but it was still a beautiful afternoon.
Today’s photo is of a milkweed seed head after it has burst open and is waiting for the wind to carry the seeds to far off places. With the sunlight shining through it, it made me think of how we ought to be bursting with the love of Jesus so that the winds of the Spirit carry the seeds of His love from us to many far off places. Sometimes we have all of these seeds of the gospel contained within us but our hardened shell has not been broken open and the seeds have no way of getting to where they need to be. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation and that “dynamite” power ought to explode through our shell so that those seeds can reach the people around us who have not yet found the love of Jesus.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- When you recognize that something is hindering your view, it is imperative that you take the time to clear the “frost” so you can see clearly.
- When you are surrounded by the cold winds of life, the warmth of God’s love is a pleasant feeling to walk into.
- Worship and prayer should be interwoven through our entire life.
- What we build our life on, and what we build our actions on, will determine if either will last for eternity.
- When we are able to live without fear, and without causing fear, we may be surprised at all who become comfortable around us.
- Through His Spirit, God has placed the seeds of the gospel within us and He expects us to open up and let those seeds fly into the lives of the people around us.