Sunday, June 3, 2007

Things are not always as they appear

Another lesson to remind me this morning, things are not always as they appear. Over and over again I am reminded of this.

My son brought his beautiful fish tank to our house to care for it for him. It is a Saltwater tank and has the most delicate creatures growing in it. Son warned me very staunchly, "Do not feed them to much. Do not put anything in the tank besides the food I bring you for them." Despite all the instructions that he gave me and the research on the Internet I have lost some creatures in the tank. Some died of natural causes, other just have faded away or were eaten by other creatures in the tank. Even with some casualties I must say I love the fish tank. To see the beauty of some of God's creation in our livng-room. Such a blessing. I had always wanted a tank like this and was thrilled when the Lord blessed me to be able to see it at my son's house.

This morning though I found a new victim. A beautiful red and white shrimp. There was nothing left but a body exterior. It sickened me to think of such a beautiful creature gone. I spent some time considering if I had not been feeding it enough. Or maybe if the big yellow Tangs or biting blue fish had eaten him. Then I got busy with other things and the thoughts disappeared.

Last week a beautiful small white Anemone crab was eaten by an urchin. No matter how many times I put the little guy back up on the rocks where he would be safe. He would crawl down to the bottom where the bottom feeders live. He would sit very still and feed off plankton floating through the water. One day while I was not watching he went to the bottom and stayed there still to long. I found the urchin eating him. I must say I was very angry about it but I could not force him to stay on the rock where he was safe.

Much to my delight I saw the red and white shrimp crawling up on his rock. The shrimp is still alive. That empty carcass I had seen this morning was just a covering he had shed. A polite reminder from the Lord that things are not always as they seem. One day we will all shed this skin for the new one He provides.

Yes it is real!

Sometimes we question our self about what we have seen, experienced or been a part of. Continually asking, "Was that real or just something I dreamed?" "Could it be true?" or "Am I losing it?" "I think I am weird" "I must be nuts". Most of us have asked these very same questions in our minds as we try to determine what is real and what was just our own imagination. Some may believe it was just their own imaginations running wild. I understand that because that is how I used to feel when I experienced or dreamed something that seemed so out of the question to be true.

As a child we saw these wonderful gifts of the Spirit. Then we grew up into the world full of deception. The world taught us the ways of the world and we accepted it as truth. Sadly to say sometimes we only to seek our Lord, the Great White Spirit in the sky, God the One that maintains the whole world by and through what He created in times of tribulation. Jesus that is the Son of God in us said we would have "tribulation". Early on in the Bible God told the serpent, "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed" Genesis 3:15. God gave Eve the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20) a promise to keep her seed from the seed of the serpent on that day. For she also heard Him say this to the serpent in that day and knew His Word to be truth.

He then sent Himself into the world in the form of flesh and died for us. Separating Eve's seed from the that of the Serpents seed. Matthew 1:18. Mary, Mariva Greek, Miriam/~yrm Hebrew_ defined "their rebellion".

Exodus 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

Exodus 15:21 "Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumph gloriously; the horse and the rider hath He thrown into the sea.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.

The serpent who had grown into dragon that deceived was cast out. May the Lord cast the serpent out of your hearts and minds. Having the testimony of Jesus Christ in your soul, hearts and minds.

As I look back through the years I know His Word is true when I read the Bible. Hold to truth of God and know what He said thousands of years ago, "And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:" Joel 2:28

The dreams God allows you to remember that He gave to you in His Spirit are more real than whatever the world has to offer. Hold them tight and never give them up.

One day all believers will overcome as God separates that seed (the dead)of the Serpent from Eve's seed (living children of God). Though I walk among the dead I seek to dwell with the living. I will forever cherish each memory and each dream or vision God has given to me. I hope you will do the same. God created good and evil to serve His purpose. As you live with tribulation in your life cherish that which is good that God gave to you in His Spirit of love.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16