There are all kinds of ways to relate to people, and I am learning that as God courses me through discipling others. God tailors His teaching and treatment of our ills to our personality bent… He has to, because so many of us receive Truth differently.
It’s the same Truth – it’s Jesus – but each person perceives and receives Jesus and information in general… differently. It’s like God relating to Mack in The Shack as a woman because Mack didn’t have a positive relationship with his father. God will also submit to our perceptions of Him as an “old” and almost “grandfatherly” figure, if that gives Him an inroad to our hearts. Because once He has a way in, He can process our lives to eventually receive the fullest and most accurate accounting of His being we can handle.
That happened to me.
So lately I’ve been introduced to some more “new ways” of relating to people’s hearts in Jesus – by His definitions and in ways indicative of His “Pastor” heart. He’s training me and giving me constant affirmations (MUCH needed) as I continue on His way. People are wonderful (and terrible), and I can see why He loves us so much. The “terrible” stuff all happens for a reason. No excuses, but definitely reasons for everything… my stuff included! That tenders me to human existence in general and even softens my heart towards myself… that’s so necessary. Forgiveness is not only to be outstretched to others, but we are to bathe ourselves in the same sweet oils we release. We deserve (and desperately need) it from ourselves upon ourselves, by God’s awesome power.
New things and new ways are being introduced and absorbed, and the adventure continues in Christ’s Name. I’m enjoying it.
Resurrection Sunday was a complete blessing and total surprise for my best friend Lynette and I. We started out the day with praise and worship, playing “The Easter Song” by GLAD (I love that melody!) and absolutely thanking God with tears and JOY for His sacrifice and plan of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. We’d made food and drink and were prepared to spend the day watching The Passion and getting intimately acquainted with our emotions in conjunction with God’s agenda for the day.
Wow… what God’s agenda turned out to be, neither of us could have planned!
As we watched the powerful depiction of Jesus’ last night and day upon earth, we shared our thoughts and continued thanking God for His staggering sacrifice on our behalf. Then midway through the morning, around 9:30 I would say, Lynette’s daughter (and my God-daughter) Jessica texted us asking to speak with us in person about some things. She was okay but just wanted to talk. Then her boyfriend John (whose family she was visiting for the holiday) also texted us with, basically, the same request.
Needless to say, with the prospect of our plans for the day changing radically, Lynette and I prayed about responding. With God’s permission, we ended up bringing Jess AND John to our place for Sunday dinner and fellowship! John (who is saved, btw) had questions about God on his heart, so we talked for quite a while about them. Jess shared her heart with us as she desired – so did John. We sang. We spoke of family and friends and their own deepening relationship. We prayed and ate a fabulous meal. The day ended with Lynette and I bringing them back to the college dormitory with hugs and kisses and thanking God even further for a marvelous – albeit totally unexpected – day of celebration.
After Lynette departed, I finished watching The Passion and I talked and prayed and cried to God. All good stuff. All blessed. It’s amazing how God orchestrates and plans His will for a day. Lynette and I thought our day would be blessed only with our own company before God. The Lord turned our two into four and blessed the whole thing. We ALL got to thank God for His sacrifice. We all got to talk and clear the air and receive the restoration of God’s peace. We all laughed and sang and were deeply blessed. Everyone got what they needed. I pray you all also had a good and holy, blessed day of fellowship and praise to Almighty God. Amen.
Our God is amazing.
Kindness goes a really long way (I could’ve said “really” once more), especially in the area of one’s self-confidence and realistic self-esteem. In these vital and critical places, my friend Jack Palmer has been invaluably kind to me… no harsh words, only God’s truth.
“I Often Wonder”
Jack Palmer’s new blog is really taking off, and it’s blessing the Glory Shield Ministries family immeasurably. I knew the man could write and had written some beautiful things but – as I’ve truly delved into his writings, taking time to listen to what Holy Spirit has to say about publishing them – I’ve seen a side to his writing that is directly reflective of God’s heart for believers, and of my heart as a believer. Jack’s been given a very powerful ability to capture and accurately describe emotion (almost disconcertingly so). I thought only King David could do that… man, was I wrong! Some things of his I read while pulling a blanket up under my chin because my deepest ponderings have been uncovered by his prose. Folks, writing like that is a miraculous gift, indeed, and Jack’s got it.
I guess because I know so much of his heart, its expression is easily “read” by me.
In any case, the Lord has given Jack favor as his blog reaches souls across the waters in Thailand, above our heads in Canada and so forth, as blessed blogs do. Yesterday Lynette told him of the success God has granted his work, and his heart was blessed. I think he was surprised, too, since he is a genuinely humble man… the best kind of man.
“I Often Wonder” has followers from all walks and ways of life and, whether they know Jesus or not, they’re hearing about Him… and from the perspective of one of His “real” children. Jack’s a guy who doesn’t “front” like he knows everything – he feels pain just like any man. But when it comes to his longing for Christ, he knows full well what he’s saying and doing… and he communicates the soul of his love as well as anyone I’ve encountered.
I love Jack very much, for his love of Christ as well as his many kindnesses to me. Like I said, kindness goes a really (really) long way.