MERRY TUESDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-
Christ said, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head’
I mentioned in yesterday’s blog about watching two beautiful eagles soar above us while kayaking. Funny how one can get a different perspective when you look way beyond you. Christ has put eternity in our hearts, and He made us to seek Him all the days of our lives. That day kayaking we saw the osprey making its nests, the gators waking up from their unusually long winter. Just as the animals understand the seasons of their life and are accustomed to it, so we must learn to give sway to eternity everyday.
McClaren again goes onto say; “Transiency is stamped on all our possessions, occupations, and delights. We have the hunger for eternity in our souls, the thought of eternity in our hearts, the destination for eternity written on our inmost being, and the need to ally ourselves with eternity proclaimed even by the most short-lived trifles of time. Either these things will be the blessing or the curse of our lives. Yield yourselves to Him! In conscious unworthiness, in lowly penitence, let us cast ourselves on Jesus Christ, our Sacrifice, for pardon and peace! Trust Him and love Him! Live in Him, taking Him for the motive, the spring, and the very atmosphere of your lives, and then no capacities will languish for lack of either stimulus or field, and no weariness will come over you, as if you were a stranger from your home. For if Christ be near us, all things go well with us. If we live for Him, the power of that motive will make all our nature blossom like the vernal woods, and dry branches break into leafage. If we dwell in Him, we shall be at home wherever we are, like the patriarch who pitched his tent in many lands, but always had the same tent wherever he went. So we shall have the one abode, though its place in the desert may vary-and we shall not need to care whether the encampment be beneath the palm-trees and beside the wells of Elim, or amidst the drought of Marah, so long as the same covering protects us, and the same pillar of fire burns above us. Then eternity in the heart will not be a great aching void, but will be filled with the everlasting life which Christ gives, and the vicissitude will really become the source of freshness and progress which God meant it to be. Everything which, when made our all-sufficient portion, becomes stale and unprofitable, even in its time, will be apparelled in celestial light. It shall all be lovely and pleasant while it lasts, and its beauty will not be saddened by the certainty of its decay, nor its empty place a pain when it has passed away. Take Christ for Savior and Friend, your Guide and Support through time, and Himself, your Eternity and Joy, then all discords are reconciled-and ‘all things are yours-whether the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours, and ye are Christ’ s, and Christ is God’s.’
I will drink to that! Yes indeed!