Sunday, February 15, 2015

A FORETASTE

     I am loving February in Colorado. One heavy snowfall, then sunshine and warm temperatures midday on either side of that snowy day... so good. Chickens scratching in the dirt;  Maddie, our lodge mascot, soaking up the warmth of the sun on the porch... neither would be the norm in Ontario in February.

     Nevertheless, it is February, and Colorado, U.S.A. or Ontario, Canada, it is still winter on this portion of our globe. We can't expect to be through with coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots for the rest of this month or the next, but we can look forward to what's coming. Days with soft air, warm enough for light clothing, are ahead.

     Difficult seasons that we work through are less overwhelming when we know they will end. Paul shared even better news in 1 Corinthians 2:9. With Christ, not only will we overcome our trials, but our future will be amazing, way better than what we enjoyed before the battles.

     Father God has great things for us. "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV) We can imagine spring's pleasant changes, but the blessings He's getting ready for His kids are over the top.

     The warmth Maddie enjoys on the porch is not yet here to stay. What Father has planned is for eternity. Paul says those things are designed for the ones who love God. Our love is no more than a natural response to His for us. Like warm sunshine in February, in His goodness to us now we receive a foretaste of what's to come. The full measure will be ours in the next season.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

LOVE AND BE LOVED

     Mr. Whiskers was born Oct. 29, 2003. From the get-go he wanted to be an outdoor cat and he got his way in December 2004. By December of any year in Ontario, there usually is snow on the ground. I always made sure the path around the garage was shoveled to his safe door. Like a prince his needs have been cared for from the time he was a wee kitten.

     In July my life changed completely. Business concerns involved in a major move you just deal with, but what do you do with a cat if you happen to love him? I took him with me in the car from the time he was tiny, but he never did enjoy traveling. In any case, pets are not allowed where I live now. The result - I'm paying living expenses in two countries.

         A dog might have objected to being abandoned by a life-long companion. My ginger puss waits on a green mat outside his present caregiver's bedroom door looking forward to each new day. He knows Jayne will see to his wants for the next sixteen hours. No worries.  

     God was pleased as He completed each aspect of creation. He cares about land and sea, plants and animals, but it was man He created in His image to love and have fellowship with. Many of us have as little comprehension of His love for us as Mr. Whiskers has of mine for him. 

     While life is going well we may live from day to day oblivious that this One who is greater in every way than we can begin to understand desires a close loving relationship with each and every one of us. Lift our gaze above the mundane, Holy Spirit, that we may realize and receive the love Father offers. Far beyond Mr. Whiskers agenda of keeping every thing ticking in line with his wants for the next several hours, our need to love and be loved can be satisfied for eternity beyond anything we can imagine.