Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We’ve all heard statements such as. “So much hinges on what s/he will do with the latest information.” Or, “It all hinges upon whether or not s/he will follow through.”
Big and small doors swing open and close on things that we pay so very little attention to, hinges, but without they’re being aligned and positioned specifically in their designated locations, what normally is an effortless action in opening or closing a door would become most arduous.
I liked this from Oz Chambers this morning: “God's command is - Take now, not presently. It is extraordinary how we debate! We know a thing is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it at once. To climb to the height God shows can never be done presently, it must be done now. The sacrifice is gone through in will before it is performed actually.”
It was this thought that triggered what I want to try and share here. For a more beautiful and fuller understanding of this story please read the following.
Within these verses one in particular resonates within my spirit; “Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you."
Reading this word “worship” this morning fills me with wonder, awe, causing my heart to bow afresh in light of what He is calling me to, to KNOW Him, to be fully identified with Him in the fellowship of His sufferings, to be intimately acquainted entwined, to be conformed/transformed as a result of being married/joined to this Holy God, my Father.
Oh Abba, Papa, Father, my heart cries out to you, your kisses are sweeter than wine, the body without the spirit is dead, Father I am dead without knowing You, you are my Life, even so Papa, COME!
In the story of Abraham and his son Isaac so much hinged upon what Abraham was going to do in light of what Father had spoken to him regarding sacrificing his son.
Like wise in our lives, only because of His grace, let’s make this very clear, it’s grace, that we can avail ourselves of, that becomes those hinges that will either open or close doors in our following Him alone.
I am being constantly reminded by my Father that in the seemingly mundane and meaningless things of every day living He is there, he provides opportunities to worship Him, and He is pointing things out to me to do, picking things up, cleaning this or that, writing this letter, doing the dishes, making my bed, vacuuming, shinning my shoes, taking my dog for his delightful romp, etc, etc. and in simply being obedient in these simple little things, a whole universe of wonder opens before my eyes, discovering a meeting place within these very things with Him.
“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)