I recently attended a wedding in which the couple truly wanted to make the message of Christ come through loud and clear. The ceremony was beautiful and was a wonderful message of God’s desire to enter into a union with us, His church. Since the beginning of mankind, God instituted marriage to be a representation and reminder of the ultimate marriage of Himself to His bride. In our fallen and sinful state we have tainted that image and made it something it was never intended be. But through the redeeming work of Christ at work in us, we are able to offer the world a better portrait of what marriage is meant to be. However, that is another message and not the reason I am writing today. There is one truth that really hit me heavy during the ceremony that I would like to explore in deeper detail. One of the hymns sung during the ceremony was “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name“. One of the lines of that hymn is “…and crown Him Lord of all”.
I am in Bali Indonesia for discipleship training and I am staying across from the beach. I like to sit on the beach and have quiet time with Jesus. I just started my second weeks of lectures. The topic this week is about hearing the voice of God. This is an exciting topic for me and I look forward to what each day will bring. After hearing the message this morning I decided to go down to the beach and just be silent before God and see if He had anything to tell me. As I watched each wave roll on to the shore I started to think of similarities between the waves and how God works in our lives. These lessons are always exciting to me and I want to share them with others who also may benefit from them.
Everything God created speaks of Him goodness and can often teach lessons He wants us to learn. I am grateful that I am able to see some of these lessons that are hidden in every day things. Over the summer, with the help of my father, I was able to cleanup my basement. After doing the cleaning and applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls and floor I decided to move some furniture down stairs. Unfortunately, I didn’t have climate control in place and with the summer rains it become very humid in the basement. After a few weeks I was down there doing some laundry and I noticed mold had started to grow. I knew it would only continue to grow if not addressed so first I looked for a dehumidifier and started running that to clear up all the extra moisture in the air. Once I knew the humidity was under control I took on the task of cleaning everything. Luckily I got to it before the mold grew too much and started to destroy the furniture. I created a cleaning mixture, got a washcloth, put some rubber gloves on, and started scrubbing everything down with the cleaning solution. As you can imagine, this was no small task so after cleaning about half of the furniture I called it a night. A day or two later I came back to finish the job. It was during this second cleaning session that I got the lesson from nature.