Monday, March 31, 2014

Psalm 19:1

(c) 2013 Photograph, Karen Todd
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork." 
Psalm 19:1

Isn't this a lovely picture! This was taken last October around sunset from our front yard. I can just imagine God the Creator of all things, enjoying the colors, shapes and textures that flowed from His lovely brushes! 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mirror, Mirror...

We are currently making our way through the book of James at our church, so I thought I would share this post...
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror, for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."
James 1:22-25

It was early in the morning. I got my customary mug of coffee and sat with my Bible and my notebook on the couch facing southward toward the windows looking out through a small standing wood. I like to have a few minutes to read and think about the scriptures and pray before I start my day.

This morning, however, I was having a hard time getting into the reading...honestly, I don't even remember what I had read that day. I was feeling quite distracted. I kept being drawn to look out at the dilapidated barn, barely standing on the property just beyond the woods.

So I got up and walked over to the window and as I looked I asked, "Lord, why do I keep feeling so distracted by the barn today?" As I looked at the barn more closely, there in the midst of the tangle of boards and beams, was a mirror...

One of the most amazing things about this mirror is that whoever had placed it in the upper floor of the barn, I'm sure never would have imagined how the Lord would use it's placement to speak to me that day.

You see, it faces eastward. So this particular morning the mirror was reflecting the rising sun. As I thought about this, I realized the significance of the picture before me. This unbroken, antique mirror was reflecting the beauty and light of the morning sun. It may seem strange, but it made me think about my aging father. In recent years, his mental faculties have been diminishing and like this old barn his body is failing under the ravages of Parkinson's disease. But deep on the inside there is the "mirror" of his soul, facing eastward waiting for the rising Son. He is looking for Christ's return.

The one thing that hasn't changed, hasn't weakened, however, is his prayer life and worship. With the Parkinson's, his once vibrant story-telling, has become quiet. Once in a while he attempts to share a long-ago event, but mostly he sits looking forlorn and sometimes, glassy-eyed.

We were having a meal together and my husband was engaged in a project that would detain him at the start. So I asked my Dad to pray for us and what a wonderful oratory was heard. "Father, we worship you and give you all the praise, and all the honor and all the glory and all the worship...."

Recently, I saw this quote by Mark Driscoll:
"We are made in God's image and likeness, and we're made to mirror him."
Here is another quote from Corrie ten Boom:
 "We are moons, not suns. The moon only reflects the light of the sun. We need only to reflect His light, then we live to His glory.” 
May we prepare ourselves for those days ahead, when our earthly bodies are fading. Let us remember to gaze upon the perfect law of liberty and continue in it...
"Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca (weeping), they make it a spring. The rain also covers it with pools (blessings). They go from strength to strength. Each one appears before God in Zion."
Psalm 84:5-7

I was extremely blessed by my family this past Christmas. There beside the Christmas tree was a long box with Lego pictures covering it. My thought was, "someone is going to be blessed with that!" It of course was the last of the presents to be opened and to my surprise, it was for me!!

I had no clue as to what I was going to find in this makeshift wrapping of two Lego boxes...but here it is...the mirror!!!

The frame of the mirror was rotted and not worth keeping but the mirror itself was in such great shape! I again saw the same picture, our "frame" (our bodies) are aging and yet, we can still reflect the beauty and glory of the Lord.

This post is a repost. I actually posted the original post just about a year ago!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reflections...What am I reflecting?

(c) 2013 Karen Todd

 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was....if anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.... James 1:23-24; 26
Unfortunately, this verse seems to sum up so much of what I have seen, experienced and accomplished over this past year. Have we forgotten what kind of man or woman we are? Have we been quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger? (James 1:19-20) I haven't always.

I think I know why. I haven't been like the man spoken of in Psalm 1:2-3
...but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates (thinks intently) day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.

When we think hard about something it changes us and it effects our words. ...out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths speak (Matthew 12:34b)

So what am I reflecting? Am I reflecting a godly woman who hasn't forgotten that I am an ambassador for Christ or am I reflecting a self-centered, world woman who has forgotten who I am and more importantly, whose I am? I want to change this in the new year. I don't expect to become perfect at it because I will never be perfect at it but I want to be proactive about growing. I want to be prosperous in the things that are important.


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