1 January 2015
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe the year 2015 is here as we turn the page not only on the calendar but to a new year as well. As I have been in Texas for a few days, we are enjoying some down time as the roads are covered with ice and a shallow layer of snow.
As I winded things down in Autlán prior to leaving, it’s always a strange feeling as I’m eager to spend time with everyone here in Texas – meanwhile eager to return to my now ‘norm’ in México. An elderly lady that I am meeting with, Maria, is pictured below. She has stolen my heart as we study the Bible each week. She is not able to read much as her eyesight is failing her.
She listens attentively as we read different parts of the Bible and talk about what each passage means afterwards. She is someone that I am anxious to reunite with to continue our studies.
In Autlán, we have entered into the dry season. While traveling a few weeks ago, we were reminded of God’s wonders that He makes for us if only we look for them. While all vegetation is dying on the mountains, these small trees were blooming brilliant daisy-like clusters. I couldn’t resist taking several pictures of their beautiful flowers.
I learned a valuable lesson from these trees, that as a Christian this is how we should ‘stand out’ in the world we are living in. We are to be like flowers blooming during the dry season.
As we travel to El Limón each week, we are visiting the family pictured below. The little lady with the gray sweater had her 96th birthday, so Pastor Leonel and Appa were singing to her. Seated beside her is her sister. We have a Bible study here each week with Paulina and her daughter; at times her sister (in the picture) is there as well as another neighbor.
To be that white flower blooming during the dry season…..
As we had our Christmas Concert at Aposento, we were very blessed to see the church completely full. It was a wonderful time of singing and delivering God’s message of His Son’s birth and plan of salvation through songs. The following week, the children at Aposento presented a Christmas drama and songs as well. To be that white flower blooming during the dry season…..
I’m reminded of Ezekiel 28 in the Bible that tells us of an angel who thought he was the reason for the ‘white flowers’ blooming during the dry season. As Satan was cast out of Heaven for becoming proud of him self, we have to be careful to not become the same. To continually rely on God’s guidance and thank Him each day for our deliverance is our task at hand. To stay humble and understand that we are serving a God who is greater than anything or anyone else. He is the reason for the white flowers in the dry season. To understand God’s characteristics – surely He is the God of love we are told, and some say He would never send anyone to eternal punishment. In Ezekiel 28 the Bible tells us that Satan made his choice to be proud and place himself ‘higher’ than our Lord God. He was cast from Heaven to become the ‘lord of this world’. So if we think for a moment that God is love and would never send us to eternal punishment…would that be righteous if He tossed Satan from the Heavenlies for becoming proud and arrogant (Satan: “I can do this for myself thank you!”) and did not do the same with us? I think Satan would be the first in line to tell God how unjust that would be – and he would be correct. We serve a just and jealous God and He wants us to be devoted to Him – completely. He wants us to understand Him – thus we have the Bible to read and learn about Him. He wants us to spend eternity with Him – though has provided us the choice to decide whom we want to serve. He has also provided us the way that we can spend eternity with Him: Jesus Christ with His perfect sacrifice for all mankind if we will only choose to believe in Him. Jesus Christ that arose three days after His death to triumph over death, Hades, and everything that Satan has his powers over. So what will your decision be this new year of 2015? Will we make 2015 the Year of our Lord Jesus Christ? Every day will be a challenge – but Christ has already won over every challenge we could ever face. I urge you to read about His life in the Bible – learn what He did for you and what God offers you. Every day is one day less that we have – time is flying by….the world around us is dying. For Whom are you living your life?
That you will have a blessed day today and for the rest of the New Year 2015 as God has your days allotted – learn about Him to become a white flower in the dry season….