Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Take It Over The Top

Confession: What you are about to read, if you chose to continue reading, is not an exegetical commentary, it is a spiritual interpretation, if you can even call it that, really it’s just something that came to my mind this morning in reflecting on the passage, so take it or leave it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

A couple days ago I rediscovered my pencil crayons and doodle pad, so I’ve been doing some doodling during my still times in the mornings with Jesus. This morning I asked Jesus to give me an image to draw. What came into my minds eye was a picture of a glass over flowing. As I began to draw, the liquid overflowing was wine, but the liquid being poured into the glass was water. As my good friend Corine often says, “fishy!” As I coloured (oh what a pleasure it is to colour, so relaxing, you should try it!) the obvious Bible story came to my mind, you know the one where Jesus turns water into wine (John 2:1-11)? OK interesting, I continued colouring reflecting on the story, then I put down the blue pencil crayon and picked up a green and started writing…

God takes that which is ordinary and makes it extraordinary, and brings it to overflowing! Because it is his good pleasure to bless the world. We just have to be open to his Spirits move in our lives, in the world, and ask! We just have to ask God to move, ask him to take the ordinary, and even the loss then great in out lives and make it extraordinary, and cause it to overflow! And he will, because he wants to! As God cause our lives to overflow with his blessings, we will have the good pleasure of participating in blessing all around us! Because you see this is the thing, we are never blessed for our sake and our sake alone, but we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2-3, Luke 12:48, James 1: 17-18, 2 Corinthians 9:8-10, Philippians 2:12-18, 2 Peter 1:3-4, 2 Corinthians 12:9, John 16:7, Luke 11:13, 1 John 5:13-15, John 14:13 ). 

What ordinary in your life can you ask God to make extraordinary and to overflow for the blessings of all around you? Now this is not just meaning material blessings, though it can, I also mean emotional, mental, spiritual blessings. Do you love to host people? Ask God to take this gift and push it into the radical, the extraordinary! Do you have a gift for science? Ask God to take your mind for science and take it to the next level! Do you have a solid loving family, or a great group of friends? Ask God to take your gift of family and extended it out to welcome those who are lonely and in need of love! You see that which we might take for granted, or overlook, can all be made extraordinary in God’s hands, to reach out into the broken world and bless it, according to His mission to love the world to himself! Amen!

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