All posts tagged: past

Being Sure in the Face of the Unknown

Have you ever pondered the significance of Jesus first revealing himself to women like Mary Magdalene? Why didn’t Jesus go straight to his disciples? Why didn’t he go straight to John, James, and Peter? Why women and why Mary Magdalene? Well, we know one thing is for sure: everything that Jesus did (and still does!) has a specific purpose behind it. It’s not like Jesus was surprised that Mary Magdalene was among the first people to visit his tomb… How about Mary Magdalene? What must have been going through her mind as she strolled up to the tomb to find Christ’s grave empty? Fear, confusion, wonder, hope? There were probably many different emotions that she was experiencing at the time. And what she must have thought when the angel said: “Don’t be afraid!  I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.  And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen …

Putting Your Past In Its Place

Putting the past in its place is not easy—at least, for me.  Leonard Griffith wrote, “[We] keep ugly skeletons in the closet of memory and we think it virtuous to open the door occasionally and torture ourselves by remembering what these skeletons looked like when they were clothed in the flesh and blood of sin.” Some of us know exactly where we failed in the past and we are still ashamed of it. Stop rattling the skeletons. Better yet, throw them away! God gave His Son to death on a cross to forgive the sins of the world, and we only frustrate God’s grace by refusing to believe that our sins are included. Then there are skeletons that remind us of when somebody did something wrong to us. Toss them out! I don’t know why I think I can continue to disgorge all these bitter, spiteful words and not have a bad taste in my mouth. One of the smartest things I can do is to allow the Holy Spirit to work on my heart …

Kissing Frogs

Remember the story from your childhood?  The witch turns the prince into a slippery frog, destined to a life of swamps and flies.  His only hope is to be kissed by the beautiful princess.  Then, and only then, will he be able to live “happily ever after.” I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just feel froggy!  I feel like I’m spinning in circles on my lily pad in the swamp, hopping through the muck and the mire of life, just waiting to be gobbled up by a hungry gator.  Sometimes I feel like I’m just kidding myself thinking that God can and wants to do something amazing with my life. Over the last few weeks though, I’ve been reminded that I’m no different than my heroes of the Bible. Samson, Elisha, Isaiah, Moses, and even Hosea and Gomer were all severely flawed, slimy, fly eating frogs.  Yet, God used them mightily.  They just needed to be kissed by the Creator!  We all need the Creator’s kiss.  Only then can we become and experience the prince that He desperately wants …