I am always amazed that when Char-lee is clipped to prepare for Summer heat the outer appearance of the little dog is changed from what looks like a lap-dog to what appears to be an eager and adventurous white terrier. In actual fact the inner dog is always the same. When her outer coat is so thick, she picks up every prickle and burr, She can return to the house looking like a small gyrating bush with leaves and twigs collected in her tail and all over her feet and coat.
The clipped dog is NOW ready to face the environment of her ‘outer circumstances.’
This thought made me think that for human beings who acknowledge they have been ‘born again’ into a heavenly Kingdom the process is different. Our outer shell, although it should be cared for and protected, is not the main transformation in our lives.
We are being changed on the INSIDE. Grace outpoured because of the CROSS means we are being constantly changed, (as long as we repent of our wrongs) into the IMAGE of Christ.
Why? to prepare us for our Heavenly Environment.
Just like Char-lee is now totally FREE to roam in her environment what Jesus did for us at Calvary ensures our spirit/souls will be FREE to face a Holy God in a Holy Environment.
A thought to ponder.
Peace and Love to you all!
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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And what a BEAUTIFUL thought to ponder Faye!!! Char-lee makes it all the more inviting to do too! May we all strive to ‘trim-away’ the excess elements which hinder our inner-self, our spirit – so that we will be completely free to receive Him when that final day comes.
Thank you dear one.
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