Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Grace or Gimmicks



Before I get carried away, today’s thoughts from Oz Chambers in my opinion fits in well here.

http://www.rbc.org/utmost/index.php

It's a journey not for the faint of heart... but there's grace enough for the fainters to catch up. (Quote by Dave Aldrich)

Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening?
God doesn't come and go. God lasts.
He's Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind.

Am I a pain freak, (a sadist) delighting in the pain I am experiencing along with a world of people experiencing so much of it as well?
I know it might appear that way especially when one of my friends hears me say, I am so excited for you, this is wonderful, what incredible beauty, and its usually in the thick dark and painful times in their lives.

So much seemed to pour out of our conversation last night, connecting with my Brutha Dave is always a rich treat. I am so delighted in seeing (sensing) and hearing (and by that I don’t mean by the natural senses) of the Father’s handy work materializing in his life.
It was out of that time shared together last night I am attempting to place some of our mutual understandings of the scriptures used above.

From the Father’s perspective the journey and the destination has been totally consummated, it’s a done deal. According to scripture, it says, ‘Seated in Christ’

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%202:5-7;&version=65;

‘He is your Life’
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians%203:1-3;&version=65;

None of us is seeing clearly enough to become the fourth part of trinity, so lets just cool our jets a bit and be open to the ongoing Amazing grace mosaic Father is unfolding before our very eyes.
The one word that seemed to jump out at me was, ‘But those who wait upon God’! Forget for a moment that it continues to say, ‘get fresh strength’.

What I think I see in this first of all is, waiting like any other thing we think we are to DO, or try to DO in and of ourselves is us still missing the point all together.
Food for thought on this, I believe we are the femaleness to His maleness, all of us included. We were re-birthed to bear (because of our spirit-union) only that which He alone is capable of producing within the life of the child of God.
So, maybe this whole issue of waiting is not us resorting to some cheap
grace trickery.
Maybe it’s all about us basically being brought there as a result of Him using all things in our lives to indelibly etch into our hearts the true knowledge that we are LOVED!

I am seeing (sensing) that it all flows out of His love, us being loved that frees us to be, the femaleness to Him alone, knowing from deep within, nothing of our fleshly efforts can manufacture real authentic fruit, which when you think about it, the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, and all of the other colors and flavors that are exhibited are further delights of that LOVE.

I am most pregnant and rejoice in my absolute and total barrenness, knowing there is a most fruitful one I am joined to, and I'm discovering
that rest is but one more expression of His divine love making.

Rich

2 comments:

Dave A. said...

Bro... you know I too often feel like the lagger trying to catch up. Sure, I said that but really I am still trying to understand this grace stuff. I know I try too hard "to be" rather than just be in Him and rejoice that He is in me... the Fruitful One.

Love how your thoughts here came together. Much love to you.

Rich said...

Dave,

I appreciate your honest thoughts here Bro, thanks! :)

The 'trying too hard or not', is all about the wonder of His love for us, allowing-giving us room to choose, ponder, get angry-pissed off, whatever it takes. He's more than big enough to see us through His maze of Grace.

I so love and thank our Father-4-U-4-ever..