Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Trees and Cages

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 11:56am
'God loved the birds and created trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.' Jacques Deval
Wow that just says it all! I'm loving this quote!

God loved man and gave him free will. Man loved himself and chose not to love his Creator.

That is how the world has become such a hopeless, sorrowful, godless place. It is not that God became ignorant and left creation to wallow in the mud and injure themselves in the pitch darkness. It is not that God is far-removed from men and wants to have nothing to do with us fallen creatures. It is not that God is not omnipotent, omnipresent, encompassing love, mercy and justice itself. He is still all this. And He still loves his rebellious people.

It is WE who have strayed far, who have chosen to walk out of the light. Instead of embracing the freedom God gives within His perfect will and good purpose, we prefer to do our own thing and in effect, invent cages and chains for ourselves to be entrapped in.

'Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If any man HEARS MY VOICE and OPENS THE DOOR, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.' Revelation 3:20

He really is not far-removed from us. He is close by, always knocking and calling your name. But the noise this world has drowned out the Voice that matters most. Our own selfish plans and opinions have shut out the inaudible voice that can only be heard in the silence and stillness of the soul.

How often do we tune in to that voice? How often do we pause to listen? While walking to school, while travelling in the train, while going about our daily routine. Do we ever stop to listen?

And even if we do hear His voice, do we feel good for a moment, and then resume our lives as if the truth we stumbled on is nothing significant? Even if we do tune in, do we then OPEN THE DOOR of our hearts and souls to allow Jesus in?

It is all very figurative and quiet unfathomable. But may God give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and faith to believe!

People think that surrendering to God means to become limited, caged in, boring and uncreative. What! I beg to differ! On the contrary, surrendering and submitting our lives and plans to God will release us from our carnal bodies that so often entrap us and prevent us from living our purpose.

Turning to the One who designed us, who searches our hearts and knows what we are meant to do, just as a carpenter knows what to do best with a hammer and a nail, and a doctor knows best how to use a stethescope, God knows best what we were meant to be and destined to do.

Turning to God does not limit us, on the contrary, it unleashes our true potential, our original passion, our unique creativity and individuality in Christ!

So remember, just as God loved the birds and created trees, so He loves us and grants us free will. On this side of heaven we're given the choice to choose freedom in Christ, to love God back. Or to turn the other way and slide down the slippery slope to darkness and separation from the One who loves us most.

Glory to God!

No comments:

The Visitors