Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Seeing Reminders Everywhere

Recently I was trying out a new camera in Columbia, and got these shots which reminded me of these verses in Scripture.

Downtown with Finley Park Fountain

" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:13,14

Riverside Park

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
Matthew 5:5

As I looked at this old dam and generator, it reminded me of how often we don't really "get it" with regards to being meek. One of the uses of the Greek term was power under control with a purpose. It was the term used to tame a horse so that it could be used. Water sustains us biologically, it gives beauty to our cities, but when it is channeled properly, it can generate great power with new and almost infinite possible uses...sort of like the untapped energies in our lives.

When we trust God to "channel" our personalities, talents, resources, etc. in the right ways, all sorts of new energies are unleashed; and with those energies come exciting new purposes. As a wise believer once said, "there is power in submission." God is smarter than we are; more loving than we are, and more powerful than we are. Since He has our best interests at heart, it only makes sense to let Him channel us for the best possible life.

Another verse that comes to mind with these pictures is this one...

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Cor. 4:7-9

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."Acts 1:8

This reminded me of how we as the church are called by God to be transmission lines of His love and power! He doesn't give us all this energy just so we can entertain ourselves, but to bring His light to a world struggling in darkness!

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