Archive for October 2011
Fall has begun in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The first of the acorns are dropping from the tree in the backyard. The mornings are now cool and crisp letting us know that the next season has arrived.
It is days like these that I began worshipping the Lord in seasons of change. In the book of Job chapter 1 you see that he was most blessed because Job was a blameless and upright man who feared God and turned away from evil.
When Satan appears before the throne of God, and inquires that God has made a hedge around Job so that his household is protected from Satan himself. Satan suggests to God to take down that hedge of protection to see if Job really would continue on worshipping God even when diseased and his children have all passed away.
What a wonderful image of how Job responds. He falls to the ground and worships the Lord who created Him. His season had begun of losses and ailments.
My season with my children have not quite ended as two out of six children have graduated from our home. However, like Job my season in life is turning once again. The gray hairs are coming in, I am a little slower in activity, prefer home and family life more than anything else in the world and desire to eat up each and every day as if it were my last day here on earth. In the last chapter of Job 42:5 Job says ” I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eyes see you”.
Many changes have happened in my life. Some good and some not so good. But I pray that as my season changes again like the leaves on the tree that I might be like Job and learn to hear with my ears and see with my eyes all the things the Lord should reveal with the veil taken off and a heart that falls to the ground and worships the Lord like Job.
Israelites history was one in which when the Lord gave a harvest of the fields He requested that the widows, aliens and orphans were to glean from the reapers among the sheaves that were left behind. I find it fascinating that the people took great care of each other. Perhaps gardening and harvesting is something we should reconsider and giving much of our harvest to the widows and those less fortunate. Another passage to look at is Ruth 2:7 since Naomi, Ruths mother in law was a widow they had to glean from the fields to receive there portion of food that day. It is a beautiful story of Gods redeeming love.
We went up in the mountains to cut our wood for the winter. I saw this beautiful site and had to snap the camara for this most glorious picture. The area that we were in was completly covered in pine trees. Considering where we were at I began thinking of the Israelites being in the wilderness with there only hope and direction coming from the Lord. Does it ever seem as if your in the wilderness with know hope to hang on to? I am glad that the Lord has been with me in my times of sorrows and wonderings in the wilderness. We have hope and the Word of God to cling to. This is sufficient enough. Hang on to it.