“I need to discern purpose from activity.”Me, 2010, 22nd Day in Jesus by Beth Moore
Long, long ago, before I retired, I decided to take on a daily devotional time. I had not done this since Junior High. Over all the years between 1964 and 2010, devotional time was pretty much a hit-or-miss affair except for Sundays (and even that was a miss when I had teenagers and a parent who needed more time than I knew how to handle. Spell me as a MESS in those days). Now however, I was an empty nester, so I should have lots of time, right?
All I had to do was find a book and get busy. I had been just starting to follow Beth Moore, so I picked her 2007 book, 90 Days with Jesus. Then I factored in the fact that I hate getting up in the morning (really never have been able to force my eyes to stay open when it is still dark outside), so I formulated that doing it at night would be my best bet.
No one ever said I am smart or even in my right mind at times.
The worldly mind said that being an English teacher means grading papers, tests, and making sure lesson plans were ready for the next day should come first – devotions second. Halfway through the first week, I realized I was falling asleep in my chair as I tried to read the Bible verses for the fourth or fifth time since the brain was not functioning very clearly at 11 or 12 o’clock at night.
Two weeks later, I figured out that doing it before I got busy with school work, meant I was distracted or hurrying to just fit it in. Not exactly what I had in mind when I decided it was essential to spend more time with the Father. Needless to say, I made myself get up at 6:00 instead of 6:30 as I started building my first tabernacle since 1964. My covenanted world had been collapsing for a while, and I still wasn’t sure I knew how to re-do it, but like the Good Father He is, He met me there and patched the holes when I faltered.
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”Henry Ford
11 years later, He is still the Good, Good Father. He has shown me how to patch my own holes and make the tabernacle stronger for those swirly winds that do tend to happen at times in this world. I have found that those are the times – that just like when Noah built the ark – it is necessary for He to close the door and batten down the hatches when the cold rain falls on me.
Jewish wisdom has also added a lot to this journey. The various meaning of Jewish letters, words and phrases adds so much depth to the OT Bible stories that Christians grew up reading in Sunday School. That wisdom doubled – sometimes a lot more than that – when added to the NT Bible stories.
Example: The dove that Noah sent forth from the ark, came back to its home twice. Funny thing, “dove” is spelled in Hebrew the same way as the name of the prophet – Jonah: YoNaH. Hmmm…Jonah was in the water when a big fish (kinda like an ark, right?) brought him back to where he belonged to complete his mission for YAH. As if that’s not enough, Jesus (his Hebrew name, Yeshua, means He-who-saves – again – kinda like an ark but in a different form, right?) went to the water to get baptized when something “like a dove” appeared so that He could start His own mission for YAH. And we all know He is coming back – just like the dove….. See what pondering His WORD can do?
My physical tabernacle is getting ready for the cooler weather that is coming this weekend. Cleaning up the gardens, re-potting plants for their days to be spent inside, moving plants that did not like their home because the trees went crazy this year and spread their limbs over places I hadn’t anticipated, and finally, hauling mulch and stones to help keep those roots a little warmer. I’m still trying to figure out how I can keep hauling mulch in the winter. My body just likes that exercise for some reason or another. (Back arthritis doesn’t hurt so bad after I haul mulch or stones – explain that one, although I do have a special wheelbarrow.)
Yet each time I’m outside, I look up. The morning doves are still appearing every now and then, and I wonder, is Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ – He Who Saves) getting ready to put His boat in the everlasting waters to bring His Church home? Personally, I think His boat is stocked to the hilt and ready to sail. While I’m not quite jumping up and down, I can’t wait to be one of the doves that fly home when He calls. I know the Shepherd’s voice and He knows my name.
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