This one picture spoke volumes to me!
When i saw this picture of my sister (Collene Barnhouse) seen here at “Busch Gardens” in the “Bush” I jokingly replied, “You may want to get that growth looked at!”
Starting off my day, only on my 1st cup of coffee i had been in prayer with my heavenly Father since i roused from my tossing and turning sleep, into the hot shower, into the car then into the office. When i took a quick look at FB i saw the picture (on the right).
While her and her oldest daughter (Shelly Ford) were spending a great day at this amusement park i can only imagine how posing for this shot came to their mind, but i am so glad it did !
I just had to reply and just after i replied my mind was flooded with metaphors. Ya see, i realized today that God speaks to me more often than not with metaphors, stories or even pictures with double meanings. He spoke to me yesterday with another analogy that for me was very applicable (see post –Who’s your father? ).
For me God answers some of life’s most difficult questions and dilemmas for me with a simple down to earth story or example that has a heavenly meaning, much like when Christ spoke in parables and many times would let people come to a conclusion of how The Holy Spirit was trying to interpret that, convey that message to them. Mode of Transportation
People are going to look at us. Listen to us, what we say verbally and non-verbally, and we say a lot without even opening our mouths!
I had to ask myself, “what are you saying tom?”
If i am truly living dead to self and alive to Him (Christ) i should be living and ‘being’ like Him. My actions should show other characteristics of God.
Many of us may have a screwed up view of God because we thought we were seeing the true Him in a pastor, a church leader, or a friend who sometimes lived hot, other times cold and was lukewarm for the most part.
Well, in my relationship with Christ, He is still working on me, but i am realizing more and more the less selfish i am and the more i ask Him and let Him be Lord (He>i) the more He shines through me and i can be completely see through. AND, if He is living in me i
may want others to look at me, i do want others to look at me.
When i am living for myself and caught up in sin i don’t want anyone to look, i don’t even want to look at myself but when Christ is truly producing His fruit in me (the fruit of The Holy Spirit) i recognize that THAT is something others “need” to look at. I need to get that looked at!
A friend of mine (Jeff Noel) and i were talking the other day and he said, “ya know if people see Jesus in me let them look all you want.”
Christians, Church (the body of Christ), you may want to get your life looked at. If you’ve got some sawdust in your eye or you have a plank in your own eye, like i have, get THAT looked at, i know a good soul Doctor in Christ Jesus. He can remove it and then you too can help others with their vision and let them see Jesus in you.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and i will take a stand and let others look, not at me but to see Him in me.
Tom “Beetle” Bailey
I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida
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