by: Cindy Ford
I am always amazed at the ways God connects what I'm reading with where life happens to be. I mentioned several days ago a book called "All God's Creatures" given to me by Joyce Buchannon. During today's morning meeting with Jesus, I read a story written by Devon O'Day. She talks about buying a farm because of the barn. She describes it as "perfect," and "old," and "solid - cool in the summer and warm in the winter." She also said it had weathered many a storm over the long years of its life, until one day as a storm approached a bolt of lightning hit the barn and it was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes. Here's what she says next:
"Tears and heartbreak were replaced the next day with depression......and then with gratitude. God put it on my heart to begin thanking him for the goodness I found. No people were harmed. Thank you. No horses were in the barn. Thank you. I have insurance. Thank you. With every thank you to God, my heart got lighter. And then, as I walked through the ashes, I heard a tiny meow. There, beside the ashes of the barn, was a small, female tortoiseshell kitten, with colors reflecting the burned wood all around her... I named her Olivia, which means life. God gives beauty for ashes and life from our ruins if we allow ourselves to give in to the gratitude in every situation." (p.105)
Can I remind us of what day it is? Good Friday. The day we remember what the lightning bolt of sin did to our Savior Jesus Christ. Like the barn in Devon's story, his life was reduced to ashes - FOR US. I imagine had I been one of the women watching, or one of the disciples trying to figure out what was happening, when Jesus cried "It is finished" and breathed his last, tears and heartbreak and depression could have easily described my state of mind.
This is the day - Good Friday - to sit with that for a while. Sit with what it cost God to purchase our redemption. Sit with what Jesus suffered for you and me. Sit with what the sin of the world did to the One who was present before the world began. But then....let gratitude replace the grief. Because of this day, I am forgiven. Because of this day, my past is paid for. Because of this day, my future has a brand new look to it. And as you think about those things...... say thank you, and watch your heart become lighter every time you do.
Oh...and remember......beside the ashes of the cross is a tomb with the stone rolled away.......... "beauty from ashes and life from our ruins..."
1 Comments on this post:
I can imagine the heart broken and depressed, because of his love and kindness. On the third da he is risen from the grave. I’m very greatfull that God has delivered him from hell. Setting on the right side of God is very glory fining.