“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”Doris Lessing, 1919-2013, Nobel Prize winning author
Beautiful LORD’s day.
Several walks with lab girl and even Spooky, Sparkle, Shadow kitty stuck her nose out the door for a short time (she’s just not big on staying out all day – unless it is just the right temperature…in her opinion).
Multitudes of butterflies.
Inch and a half of rain.
One baby fledging on the ground saved (hopefully) from black snake just inches away.
GOD’s presence is with us in it all: EMMANUEL.
Emmanuel is mentioned 3 times in the Bible and alluded to a few times more. When I was a little tyke, I thought it was just a Christmas name for Jesus. Many years later, I finally read Matthew as a seeker; he was quoting Isaiah. He just added the tag line: “…which is translated ‘God with us’”.
Today – GOD went overboard on Matthew’s tag line today.
Butterflies seemed to be everywhere. The rain was a mixture of rolling thunder, downpour of life-giving rain, sun peeking through the clouds as it continued raining – – – and then an amazing double rainbow that lasted and lasted and lasted. I don’t think I have ever been able to enjoy a rainbow for that long – especially a double one. All I could do was smile and thank GOD for His presence… Immanuel/Emmanuel.
As the rainbows began to fade, I came in and downloaded the pictures I had taken and for once – a miracle happened – the rainbows, the butterflies, and the snake looked pretty decent in pictures that I had taken. I have never been the picture taker that my mom was. She had the artistic eye.
Miracles seem to happen when Emmanuel is around. His disciples learned it early in their travels with Him.
A wedding feast.
A mother who nudged her son to start doing what He was meant to do.
He looked at her, and mentioned a few minor complications. It wasn’t any of their concern…..His time hadn’t come yet……
I’m sure she looked at Him like all mamas can at times such as this. I’m sure most of us have seen that look at one time or another. Yet, she was a little more than just a mom. She had also known the Holy Spirit as well. She had been born for such times as these, and in the right spot in YAH’s perfect timing, she was a mother given the authority to push her fledgling Son out of their comfortable nest, so that He might start using His fully feathered wings. Mamas are just like that.
Do you think He rolled His eyes?
Sometimes, I imagine the disciples scratching their heads and trying to hide their grins behind their hands as they watch their Rabbi being bossed around by this little woman. Then I laugh because I can promise you I think I hear Him sigh before he tells the servants, “Fill the jars with water.”
But the more I pondered this today, I wondered if there wasn’t a deeper meaning for the first miracle to be at a wedding feast. After all – there is a wedding coming soon between a Bridegroom and His Church. In the traditional Jewish way, He has gone ahead to prepare a place for His Bride to live, but He is coming back…….soon.
Just like me, all the disciples expected Him to come back soon, but they weren’t thinking with all the prophecies in mind. Generation after generation of the church has thought that same way – never putting together all the prophecies. Pulling out pieces of prophecy, they would shout about His coming. But this is the first time when ALL the prophecies are lining up and right now – as I read Ezekiel, see Israel back in it’s land with Jerusalem as its capital, I wonder if that little Jewish woman is getting impatient to be a mother-in-law. I wonder if she isn’t nudging her Son once again to call out to His Bride to bring her home.
I know as I looked up tonight, I felt His presence and was so thankful.
Then the angel told me to write, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”Revelations 19:9
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