Archive for March, 2011

Jesus—in the clouds and right here.

concealed_byKemnitzThat was the thought that struck me as I was walking late in the afternoon this past weekend. It seems an odd thought, a conundrum of sorts. (Don’t you love that word?)

We know that Jesus is coming on a cloud. Future tense. He’ll be here and that will be the end of planet earth as we know it and the beginning of planet earth “post Revelation.” He’s even on a horse on the cloud. Sidenote: are there angels riding horses in the sky right now, but we can’t see them? I think so! Back to Jesus, scripture says Jesus is coming on the clouds and then we will live with Him for eternity. All well and good. Excellent, marvelous, and wonderful, even!

We heard a testimony the other evening of a man who, on the brink of suicide, experienced the weight of His glory enter the room. Though he was kneeling by his bed, he could not even see his bed because of the glory. His presence—the tangible, overwhelming, presence of Jesus—in the room. Now that would be right here!

I have never experienced that intense of a visitation from Jesus, but I have decided to ask for it. What He does for one, He’ll do for each of us. I’ll let you know, unless He asks me not to tell you.

In the meantime, Jesus truly is right beside us. He is only a glance, a question or a thought away. A prayer away. When I close my eyes and feel Him close, He’s aways brilliant. I want to see Him with my eyes open, tho. Do you? Have you? Let me know, if you can.

Until He comes on the clouds…

sue
Only believe!

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Jesus is the answer.

Haitian girl…isn’t this little Haitian girl beautiful? Such joy. Arms raised to Jesus. Even a hint of fire in her eyes. There is only one answer for her. And that person is Jesus.

Returning from a week in Haiti, I am reminded over and over again—here and there—Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the answer to depression, to stomach aches, to blindness, to nuclear reactors overheating, to lack, to hopelessness, to broken hearts, to any and all problems here on planet earth. The big picture answers of Jesus are wisdom, joy, love, peace, kindness, goodness, and hope, to name a few. And when we choose His wisdom and His love, His peace and His hope, the specific answers come.

There was a little boy who stole my heart in Haiti. (Actually, there were big boys who stole my heart, too. But we’ll save them for another time.) This little boy was standing at the crowd’s edge the second night of the Jesus Celebrations. He was watching me dance and so I went over to engage him. He eagerly imitated each clap, each spin, each raised hand. We had a grand time worshiping the Lord.

The next night, even tho I was on the other side of the square, he sought me out and stuck by my side during worship. Again, we jumped, shouted, smiled, loved. I could tell, he didn’t want to let me go.

Would that we would all have this kind of desire to be like, and to be with, Jesus. Child-like. Trusting. Adoring. Passionate. Loving. And never wanting our time together to end. That is what will bring any answer we’re in search of.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me…I am the way and the truth and the life. ..” John 14: 1,6

sue
Only Believe.

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Haitian Sunset

the eternal.

Mourning to JoyLate last week, my hubby’s father passed away. To be honest, although there was sadness, it was also a relief as he had been ill a long time. The fact he lived as long as he did was inspirational and miraculous. He was a wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He is now with Jesus. So good.

In the quiet of tonite I ponder the eternal…

  • Jesus as Peter, James, and John saw him on the mount of transfiguration, which I believe is a glimpse into the eternal. “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.” (Mark 9:3) Heavenly. Brilliant. Dazzling. Beautiful. Displaying the fullness of, and His intimacy with, God. And though I don’t think we’ll be as dazzling as Jesus, we will dazzle too. For eternity.
  • God’s words to Jesus, “This is my Son, whom I love” (Mark 9:7). God could have said anything but chose to tell Jesus that He loved Him. I believe those will be His first words to us when we get to heaven, too. We will feel overwhelming Love. For eternity.
  • One of the verses that was read yesterday, “…He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Rev 21:4) That’s what being with Jesus is like. For eternity.
  • And His nature—His lovingkindness, His goodness, His faithfulness, and His peace. For eternity.

God so loved us, He sent Jesus, so we would not perish, but have eternal life. With Him.

It was good to see Joe off to heaven. It was good see friends and relatives. Tonite, it’s good to be home, good to be at peace, and good to ponder. Life now and life eternal. So good.

sue
only believe.

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