Remember when you first understood and accomplished, coloring within the lines. How proud, we were, to master this skill.
It was a sure sign of growing up. We showed our work to any and all.
Adults today, are reminding themselves of this simple pleasure, with adult coloring books. (We tend to hide them now).
It is a pleasure to remind ourselves, that we are able to do something well. Even a small thing, that we have had mastered, for many years.
In many areas of our lives, we live, walk and work between the lines. We know what is expected, what needs to be accomplished, and how to get the job done.
So that is what we do. We stay within our, acceptable boundaries of life.
We all do it, we want life to be clean, orderly, predictable.
When Jesus is Lord of our life, we can no longer stay between the lines.
Life gets to be unpredictable, our steps are now ordered by the Lord. We are at times, brought face to face with the dregs of society. (He shows us ourselves, and we must deal with it).
When we begin to stay within the lines as Christians, we lose our way.
My writing, the last few months, has been, writing between the lines.
I have not received any Biblical Revelation, grown any closer to the Lord, or expressed any original thought.
There has been no urgency, no overwhelming desire to draw anyone else closer to the Lord.
I haven’t been feeding myself, so all I have had to give, is old manna. (Manna, needs to be new, gathered fresh, every morning, or it rots).
Am I able to blame it on company, for disrupting my study and prayer time? Our Pastor leaving? Or the pain in my physical body? Maybe a combination of all the above? I can try?
Sadly,… All,…. Just Excuses.
I need to get back in the Word. Close the gap, that has widened between the Lord and I. He hasn’t moved… Guess who did?
I am a firm believer that the Lord speaks to those who will listen and obey, everyday.
I may not hear His voice, but I can know His will by reading and obeying His Word.
The only difference between, the great men of faith and us, is: When the Lord spoke, the great men, listened, considered and acted.
Us? Not so much… Our first thoughts are, “God, doesn’t do that anymore.”
Mary said: What, How?” Then more importantly: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”
Do you wish to be a great man or woman of God. It’s OK, to wonder, What or How, as long as the result is. “According to Thy Word.”
Will you quit living between the lines, and say “YES LORD”.
Then you will have Manna, for others to receive. All we can do is feed ourselves, and pray that others, will be encouraged to learn to feed themselves.
“We are a chosen generation , a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” (1 Peter 2:9)
Get into the light, Praise The Lord, walk, live, draw, color, write, speak….OUTSIDE THE LINES.
THEN:…. Watch the Lord, break forth in your life. Amen.