Saturday, March 31, 2012

Show me your Glory!!!

Daffodils reaching for the sun.
Daffodils starting to open!
I had asked God one morning to "Show me His Glory!" I am trying to get in the habit of asking to see Him in the most unexpected places. Sometimes we are aware of him when it's right in our face, but for us to stop and really look, to search like we are looking for hidden treasure is where He will surprise us. Since we have been blessed with early spring and almost summer like weather, I was out doing a walkabout of our yard. Yes a walkabout! Have you ever done this yourself? I started to do this shortly after we moved in our home. I observed my Mother-in-law in the spring, summer and fall just walking about the perimeter of their lake property. I often wondered what she was looking for or thinking about. Was she looking for bunny nests, dropped bird eggs, where to plant flowers, what to prune, rocks that need to be re-stacked, repairs that needed to be done from the winter. I start at one corner of our property and slowly work my way around. This is when I find myself looking for the bunny nests that we have been blessed with since we moved in, picking up scraps of unused materials that birds do not use for their nest, checking out the house and looking to see what needs to be repaired and just observing just as she did.

As I was coming upon the left side of our front steps, there His was! Daffodils, no way!! There has not been one blooming daffodil in this spot since we moved in 9 years ago. It's like someone just planted these bulbs in a perfect circle. Just amazing. We had a small row of them by fence, but they never got more than 4" tall, no blooms then they stopped coming up all together. I love daffodils, who doesn't, one of the first to break thru the ground in Spring. Rebirth, joy, happiness, farewell to winter. I see those stems just reaching as straight as they can toward the sun. I too need to keep myself reaching towards the Son. If in full bloom for Easter Sunday, they will make a nice addition to our table. I was in search for God's glory and there he was right at my front door! Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. I can only imagine what Mom's walkabouts are like now. Talk about treasures...I am looking forward to my next walkabout at the lake.

The Easter Story Continued-Matthew 27:57-65 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate, "Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, "After three days I will rise again." So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has risen from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first. "Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how. So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.