Ephesians 5:15 -17: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
I woke up the other morning with the most bizarre image stuck in my brain. I’m not sure if it was the tail-end of a dream, or if it was the morning musings of my thoughts as I was waking up, but here it is:
I was looking at a man sitting in a row of seats in a movie theater. He was totally alone in the theater, stuffing his face with popcorn. Some of the popcorn was missing his mouth because he was so engrossed in the film on the screen that he didn’t always make the hand-to-mouth connection. As I looked to the screen, I realized that he was watching his own life being played out onscreen. He was enthralled just watching it all play out. In my mind, I remember thinking to myself how sad it is that he was a spectator of his own story. He should have playing the role of Actor/ Writer/ Director, like many of the famous Hollywood actors of today.
All morning long I could not get that image of the man watching his life onscreen out of my head.
Words in Red are excerpts from my journal as I have been taking the words of Jesus and letting them speak directly to my own heart.
John 6:35: “I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry; and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
I once heard someone say that we’re all as full of God as we want to be. Jesus, You are the Bread of Life – the food my soul craves – and I can partake of your nourishing, life-giving Presence any time I want. You are the pure water that refreshes my parched soul that dries out so quickly in the pressure and activity of this life.
Lord, You have made a way for all to enter into Your rest – that rest which is elusive to us any other way but through You. Every other attempt to nourish and hydrate our souls is a cheap substitute that doesn’t bring true life.
“Good for nothing”. What a harsh string of words. Those are words I would never want to hear spoken about me or anyone I love. Those are words that plunge a dagger into the heart. Even if I were simply to speak those words over a kitchen gadget, one would assume that my next move is to throw it in the trash. After all, if something is good for nothing, then it’s just taking up space.
And while I know that I’ve let God down millions of times throughout my life, I’m glad that He’s never looked at me and thought, “She’s good for nothing. I don’t know why I bothered giving her breath today.” NEVER! Not once. And he’s never thought that about you either! Even on your worst day, the Lord is glad that you woke up and is giving you another fresh chance to walk with Him.