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Splish. Plop, plop. Plunk. Splish.

Droplets collide with the body of water. The surface resonates. Percussive tones infuse the depths. A glimmering crown rises to surround each point of impact. The deluge raises the water level, and the body flows to exceed its former boundaries and nourish surrounding plains.

Warmed by a certain energy, the frigid individuals abandon their fluffy origins and obey the call to dive. Should the droplets resist their call, the dwindling body of water would feel no music, produce no laurels, and fail to nourish the thirsting earth around it.

A deluge of heavenly blessings requires the obedience of individuals. Will you imbibe the transforming energy and obey your call, relinquishing comfort for the glory of impact?

 

“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Phil.3:8).

Of Gargoyles.

Light dribbles through the oak canopies to anoint my hair. I stroll through the neighborhood’s heady jasmine fragrance, holding my chin high. My cheek-straining grin is not aimed at that magnificent evening sky. My eyes do not sparkle in awe of coral-striped cirrus or the swallows’ aerial ballet.

HE is with me. 

His Spirit envelops my shoulders, seeping love-warmth through my muscles and marrow to the pit of my soul. My lashes squeeze together in delight.

He is WITH me.

My Lord exceeds remaining at my side, surpasses dwelling within. A vibrant pulse throbs inside my chest, drumming anew with divine courage. The concrete sections of sidewalk remain devoid of all other human feet. I appear to walk sections of my life’s path unchampioned, but ONE greater than any army or campaign team supports me.

He IS with me.

Frogs coo to me from the marshy reserve lot, demanding an account of my productivity. I turn past their corner and begin tisking off my fingertips of things done and yet undone. The Spirit nudges me with His sweet, peaceful whispers. I AM. God always was, and will ever be, but requests our address to Him NOW. Speak, Lord. I want to be present with You.

He is with ME.

The God of all Power and Brilliant Artistry crafted each oak leaf’s vein overhead, a lacing of moss among the branches, and billions of souls beyond my view that blanket Earth. The Lord cherishes His vast creation, yet drenches me with infinite love. My adoration for two children strains the limits of verbal explanation, yet His love for me eclipses my deepest passion by an unfathomable extent.

As I return to my doorstep, one aspect for emphasis remains. I must pass the message to be continued by you. Will you take a stroll with Him to define it for yourself?

If so . . .

He is with you.

 

Even the sparrow has found a home,    and the.

Even the sparrow has found a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
    Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 

Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
    they are ever praising you.

-Psalm 84:3-4

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All its wealthy heirs long gone, the vacant chateau welcomed passers-through. Despite caretakers’ attempts to shoo away unwanted residents, a persistent bird made its home in the exterior sculptures. No visitor barked it away. The winged heiress knew she belonged. She nested in the castle’s artwork, committed to raising her young in the presence of beauty and majesty.
The rest of us left at the caretaker’s dismissal. We knew ourselves as visitors, tourists on our way through a home where we could never belong.
I wonder how many of us serve in the Kingdom of God as visitors, passing through to see its grandeur but never claim the inheritance as our own. Some deem themselves caretakers, shooing all away as unworthy to reside in the home of God. Let’s endeavor to become more like the tenacious bird, raising our loved ones to dwell in the Lord’s beauty and majesty as heirs. No one will dismiss those who know they belong to His Kingdom.

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17).