Sow righteousness, reap love. It’s time to till the ready earth, it’s time to dig in with GOD. Hosea 10:12 (TM)
I love that God’s Message is a consistent one – that He uses the same metaphors. I look at verse 12 and I hear Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed. I’ve been planting grass seed in some bare patches this week and so I’m thinking about the seed and the soil. It’s time to dig in with God – to get those roots down deep!
Be warned! When you escape from the frying pan of disaster, you’ll fall into the fire of Egypt. Hosea 9:6 (TM)
A colleague of mine recently told me that her teenaged daughter claimed she "hated God." When she dug into it a little she found that the girl was frustrated, because every time she went off track something bad would happen. Her mother laughed, saying "It’s going to keep happening. God’s just trying to get your attention." I don’t think God is sitting there with his spiritual tazer waiting to zap us every time we wander off, but I do think he’s provided consequences of our sin to remind us that He has a better way for us.
One of the things I love about Taylor, and there are many, is her whacky spirit. She and Madison dropped by the house yesterday after school to pick up some things they’d left. (This is the routine now. I’m always guaranteed to see the girls on the weeks they stay with their Mom because [a] it’s three blocks away and [b] they always forget something!) Anyway, Taylor asked me if I’d found her message. Message? What message? No sticky notes. Nothing on the white board. With a giggle she asked if I’d used the camera lately. She turned it on and showed me this picture.
Then she showed me a series of pictures she took. When you look at them in rapid succession she mouths the words "I love you." Silly girl. Man, I love her.
Predictably, Israel cries out, "My God! We know you!’ – But they don’t act like it. Hosea 8:2 (TM)
Jesus told us "you’ll know them by their fruit." We can’t judge people, God is very clear about that. The judgment seat is too big for any save Him. But, we are told to be fruit inspectors. Nevertheless, verses like this one in Hosea always make me turn inward. Instead of wondering about the fruit of others I ask myself, "Do others see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control in me?"
I’ve found in my years of doing theatre that there’s always this rehearsal somewhere just short of performance where everything falls apart. It’s the "Murphy’s Law" rehearsal when anything that can go wrong does. The actors screw up all of their lines, the timing is all off, the cues are messed up. The director’s list of notes looks like a short novel they penned in two hours. Everyone looks at each other and says, "Oh my gosh – we’re supposed to be ready next week!"
We had that rehearsal last night for The Dominie’s Wife. Arrrghh. Since it always seems to happen, I have learned to expect it. And now I embrace it. I think that there’s a purpose for it in the grand scheme of production. It motivates and re-energizes the cast and crew. You go back to the script to polish up the lines you’re struggling with. You review your cues. You dive in to make sure that you don’t have one of those rehearsals again.
So, today it’s back to reviewing my lines and following up all the director’s notes (which were right on target, btw). Full dress rehearsal tonight. You can bet that it’s going to be a good one.
They turn, but not to me– turn here, then there, like a weather vane. Hosea 7:16 (TM)
It’s funny to watch fads come and go. Remember Shirley McLaine and the whole reincarnation stuff? How about TM? Now it’s the Jewish mystical sect of Kabbala getting all the Hollywood stars and the press. I’m know all of these things "fads" are still around, but the world seems to latch on to a "new" spiritual fad ever few years to keep itself spinning like a weather vane, never finding true North – never stopping in the direction of the One who said, "I AM the Way, the Truth, the Life – no one comes to the Father but through Me."
I’m after love that lasts, not more religion. I want you to know GOD, not go to more prayer meetings. Hosea 6:6
I’m so glad that God want a relationship with me. It’s not about how good I am. It’s not about the gold stars on my Sunday School attendance chart. It’s not about how well I clean up and look the part. It’s about a relationship with God. It’s knowing Him more and opening more of myself to Him. It’s about quality time building intimacy with Him. And the cool thing is, the more I’m with Him, the more I get to know Him, the more I desire to be with Him and be like Him.