God’s Colorful Creation

Thought for Thursday ~

 

As spring bursts forth everywhere in our area with blossoms and color from God’s creative beauty, I share with your some of my poems that were inspired by His beautiful hand:

 

God Loves the Color Blue

By Terry Harris

 

In God’s creation here on earth

He uses color full

To paint a glorious picture

On His canvas of the world.

 

He paints with colors vibrant

And some more muted still

As with His huge artistic hand

He carries out His will.

 

So many colors everywhere

But one I noticed true

A hue most absent in my flowers

Is the color blue.

 

He paints a hundred flowers pink

And yellow, orange, red;

But not too many blue around

In the flower bed.

 

But then I realized in awe

He does indeed love blue!

Look around at sky and water

There’s abundance of that hue.

 

So even though blue flowers are scarce

God loves that color quaint;

But after painting water and sky,

He just ran out of blue paint!

 

Copyright © Terry Harris 2013

 

God’s Beauty

By Terry Harris

 

God’s awesome beauty all around

I hardly can perceive

Of all that God has given me,

But I do believe

In all His power and all His might

My eyes so clearly blessed.

Upon His glorious creation

God’s beauty brings me rest.

 

The peace of His creation

Blesses my very soul;

But only God and God alone

Can truly make me whole.

 

Copyright © Terry Harris 2013

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”   Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”     Psalm 66:1

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The Round Block in a Square Hole

Thought for Thursday ~

Years ago when my children were babies someone gave us a wonderful toy. It was actually just an average toy that most little ones possess … a box with different shaped holes in the top and then an assortment of blocks shaped like those holes. But what made this toy so special was that it was all hand-made of wood, a treasured gift. The box itself was a large cube and the top slid out like a drawer. On that top were six holes, all different shapes.

This toy was used by our daughters when they were little and their friends who came over to play. Years later it was passed down to our grandchildren and they loved playing with it, too. Many little hands and fingers have worked hard to put the correct shape into the matching hole. In fact, we still have this toy, even though our grandkids are well past the age of enjoying it.

There were many times that the youngest of the children would pick up a round block or other shape and try to squeeze it into a different shaped hole. They would push and pound and they would usually become very frustrated that the block would not fit. They were so anxious to have it slide through the opening and then fall into the big box where they would hear the gentle thump. They did not understand why they couldn’t make this work. They only thought that if they just pushed harder or banged more, they could make it happen.

Thinking of this toy causes me to recall in my own life how many times I try to fit the round block into the square hole. Not literally a wooden block in the wooden toy, but figuratively regarding the plans of my life. How many times when something does not go the way I planned, do I adjust my plan, change my schedule, or in my own power try and make it work out?!

Sadly, there are many times I do that! I become convinced that if I only push the block harder, pound on it more, and squeeze with all my might, I can make it work. Well, SOMETIMES GOD DOES NOT WANT IT TO WORK!! And by not allowing it to work, He is saying “No, I have a better plan” or “I am protecting you from something harmful” or worse yet, “I am protecting you from yourself”!

Yes, there are times that God closes a door and prevents us from something for all these reasons. Now don’t get me wrong. God has the power to change the shape of the hole to a round hole, if He chooses, so that my round block will fit perfectly. However, if He chooses to NOT change that shape, that means He is closing that door. And it also means that He has a better plan, a perfect plan for me.

We serve a PERFECT and AWESOME God. Our job is to seek His perfect will for us, whatever that is. For me, I sometimes need to know when to stop trying to fit the round block into the square hole.

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  • Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

“I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.”

Job 42:2

 

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

  • Proverbs 19:21

 

 

The Storms of Life

Thought for Tuesday ~

Although we were still experiencing our winter cold weather a few weeks ago, suddenly a few nice warm spring days slipped in and it was an absolute delight! But often when very warm weather comes in the middle of our cold spells, it usually means some turbulent weather, as well. And so with this warm streak we suddenly had a very bad storm, with lots of high winds to go along with it.

A few days later, as my husband and I traveled up to our daughter’s house, we noticed an odd phenomenon. About half way to her house there was a strip about a mile long where there was a great deal of devastation, unlike any other part of the area.   There was speculation about what had caused the damage, but I’m not sure it was ever determined. Could it have been a tornado? Maybe a wind shear? Or maybe even another type of weather occurrence?

Within this one mile stretch we noticed something we had never seen before, even in some of our worst storms. Each of the eight or so homes dotted along this road had several trees around them and throughout their large yards. In each case, nearly every tree on their properties were blown over, uprooted, broken in half, sheared off at the top or otherwise destroyed. The wind that did this had to have been extremely powerful because most of these were very large trees. It was obvious that as they were torn apart and felled, anything else within that area of destruction would have been destroyed, as well.

However, as we looked more closely, we noticed a spectacular sight. These homes were all old, and while most were well taken care of, a few of them were abandoned, appearing quite unstable and nearly falling down themselves. But in each case, NOT ONE HOUSE was destroyed, or even damaged! Some of the trees that were ripped up from the earth were just feet from a home, and yet, those homes were not even touched!

It is still hard for me to imagine how the wind could be forceful enough to uproot an enormous tree and yet leave the house a few feet away completely untouched! Also of all the trees that fell, each fell AWAY from the house, NOT ON IT. God definitely protected those homes because in everything we know about weather, physics, and the natural world, at least the homes that were already beginning to fall down should have been toppled by the force of the wind. And yet they were not!

You know, I can’t help but think of God’s protection in our personal lives, as well. In each of our lives there have been storms that we felt could nearly destroy us. We hold on for dear life as the winds of disaster, pain, hurt and betrayal storm around us. And through that storm, God is there. He is standing close with His strong and mighty arms encircling us for protection. And when the storm is over, we are still standing. God has shielded us from being uprooted and destroyed in the storm.

There have certainly been times in my life where I have felt God protecting me from the storms that would try and overtake me. There is no more wonderful feeling in the world than that of our Heavenly Father standing with us, protecting us, loving us, and shielding us from disaster. We just need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. Thank You, Lord!

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

 

“You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

  • Psalm 32:7

 

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me; for in You my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.”

  • Psalm 57:1

 

“Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him.  Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”

  • Matthew 8:23-26

Boxing Day

Thought for Thursday ~

 

Have you ever told someone to watch out for something, and then just minutes after, you go and do the very thing that you cautioned them about? I am embarrassed to say that I did just that many years ago soon after John and I were married. We were living in our first house, a cozy little home that was just right for us.

 

Half of the small basement had been finished and I stored things down there like wrapping paper and gift boxes. It was shortly after Christmas and I had placed a small stack of gift boxes on the stairs, about a third of the way down, to be taken to my storage closet down there. As John was getting ready to go down to the basement to do some work, I yelled to him, “watch out for the boxes on the stairs, and don’t slip on them!”

 

Honestly, it was only about five minutes later when I decided to run downstairs to do some laundry. As I was racing down one step after the other, I was also excitedly telling John about some news I had forgotten to share with him earlier. My previous caution to him about the boxes was completely buried in my excited chatter and, without a moment’s warning, I stepped right onto the stack of cardboard.

 

What happed next was not a pretty sight! I fell crashing down onto the wooden stairs and then slid… no, bounced really! … all the way to the bottom, on my bottom! John saw this spectacle and could not believe his eyes. He also could not stop laughing, and he said, “YOU JUST TOLD ME TO WATCH OUT FOR THE BOXES! How is it that you did the very thing that you cautioned me not to do?!”

 

You know, it’s somewhat like being a follower of Christ. We know what we SHOULD do, and we try to lead a sinless life, but it seems that the very thing we try so hard to avoid doing, we, in our human weakness, do anyway! Is there any hope for us?! The good news is, yes there is hope for us! And there is hope because we have a loving, forgiving God who not only cares about us, but who forgives us, and He does it time and time again. In the same way, Jesus tells us in the Bible that we are not to forgive each other seven times, but instead forgive seventy-seven times! And why must we do that? Because Jesus does that for us all the time!

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

  • Romans 7:24-20

 

 

 

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ “

  • Matthew 18:21-22

 

 

 

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

  • Colossians 3:13

Bunnies in the Backyard

Thought for Tuesday ~

 

Bunnies are popular little animals, so cute and furry. They are particularly popular around Easter, and often parents will use the excuse of the season to give their children these precious little rabbits as gifts. We have had a couple bunnies who live in the yard behind us and they, or their offspring, appear in our yard each year when spring arrives. We have not seen them yet this spring, so they must not have gotten the word that the blossoms are out and the weather is warmer, but we look for them each day.

 

Often they seem to come munching in our yard just as I am preparing dinner and we can watch them out our kitchen window as we, too, enjoy our meal. Their brown fur, long ears and white cotton tail always amuse me. They just look so precious and innocent and every time I see them in our yard, I want to go scoop them up in my hands and pet them.

 

There have been times when we are outside that they will come very close to us, sometimes so absorbed in their munching of the grass that they fail to notice how perilously close they are to those whom they feel might harm them. Then if we make one slight move or noise, their little ears perk up and they hop, seemingly faster than lightning, across the yard, under the fence, and to the safety of wherever they are living in the next yard. To me, bunnies are one of God’s most precious little creatures. That is until they go from munching on our green lawn to devouring my flowers and plants! OK, so now they are not quite as cute and precious to me as before!

 

One day last summer I planted some Hosta around our cherry tree in the back yard. I had tried before to plant flowers around that tree, but they never seemed to do well. Our yard is sloped so water runs off, and the tree provides much shade, so conditions are not particularly great for plants needing lots of water and sunshine. Even shade-loving flowers did not seem to thrive. So my last resort was Hosta. It likes the shade, for sure, and I tried to help it by watering it when it didn’t rain.

 

After a while, my Hosta was thriving! Thankfully, I had finally found the perfect plant to surround the cherry tree and add some interest to the yard. That is until our bunny discovered my new plants! Oh, good grief! I looked outside one day to see our “precious little bunny” delightfully feasting on my Hosta! I have a feeling, if bunnies could think and talk, he was saying “Gee, how nice of these people to plant me something for dessert!” Within a day, my beautiful Hosta had been reduced to lots of little stubs around the tree. How frustrating!

 

Thinking about my Hosta being devoured by something that appeared so sweet and innocent, made me think about how Satan works. As a wolf in sheep’s clothing, he can devour us, too. He can come disguised as something enticing and good, as he swoops in and begins to lure us into things that are not God’s plan. And as a consequence, He will wreak havoc and devour the happiness we had.

 

Sometimes our lives are going just fine, in fact, better than fine. We don’t have any urgent problems, and life is good. And then, all of a sudden, everything falls apart, evil rears its ugly head, and what was previously happy and sunny, becomes disastrous and painful.

 

It’s important to be aware of Satan’s goals, his methods and his schemes. And because this is spiritual warfare, it’s also important to know that we have a strong spiritual defense. What is that defense? Because God knew that we would encounter Satan and his wiles, He left us instructions in His handbook of life, the Bible. He has shown us how to battle Satan and defeat Satan. In fact, even at the mention of the word JESUS, Satan must flee. Praise the Lord for God’s protection in this spiritual realm!

 

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

“The LORD said to Satan, ‘The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!’“

  • Zechariah 3:2

 

 

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

  • 2 Corinthians 11:14

 

 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

  • Ephesians 6:10-12

The Blessing of the Resurrection

Thought for Thursday ~

 

As we approach Good Friday and Easter, we celebrate the ENTIRE reason for our faith. Christ’s sacrifice for us, for the sins we committed, has given us a place in heaven for all eternity when we give our lives to Him.

The first poem below, The Day Christ Died, was written when I was 15 years old, for a high school contest. The second poem, My Savior’s Love, was recently written as I pondered the immense love that Jesus has for us.

 

THE DAY CHRIST DIED

By Terry Harris

 

That dark and dreary day Christ died

Upon the Cross; a human sacrifice.

He suffered for us, our sins to bear

And looks over us still with loving care.

 

Along the dusty road He bore

The Cross, a symbol evermore.

Dying there, upon the hill,

Through pain and suffering, forgave them still.

With nails pierced through His hands and feet,

He kept that silent look of peace.

 

And as he died, to God he said,

“Father, forgive them, please forgive;

For they know not what they do.”

May we feel that same way, too.

 

May this remind us of that day

When rain from the storm washed away

The human blood of Jesus Christ

Upon the Cross, a human sacrifice.

 

Copyright © Terry Harris 2013

 

 

MY SAVIOR’S LOVE

By Terry Harris

 

My Savior’s love

So pure, complete;

I bow me now

At Jesus’ feet.

 

A love so great

So freely given

Upon the cross

He gave me heaven.

 

My Savior’s love

So pure, complete;

I bow me now

At Jesus’ feet.

 

Though undeserved

Though full of sin;

GOD’s love so great

Allowed me in.

 

My Savior’s love

So pure, complete

I bow me now

At Jesus’ feet.

 

Copyright © Terry Harris 2013

 

 

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

 

“Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ “  

  • Luke 23:34

 

 

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”      

  • Titus 3: 4-7

Lightning Strikes

Thought for Tuesday ~

 

Thunder storms intrigue me, and I love watching the lightning light up the night sky, often with a flash that illuminates everything around us and then waiting for the blare of thunder. Hearing the crack of thunder, sometimes loud enough to shake the windows, to me is awesome, as well. However, when I was a child, I don’t remember that I loved thunderstorms that much! At that point in my life, they seemed a little more frightening.

 

On one particular occasion I recall a thunder storm of epic proportions. It was nighttime and everyone was in bed. The lightning seemed so sharp and piercing that I was sure it was striking our house every time. And the thunder nearly required earplugs because it was so loud. My mother had gotten up to check on my brother and me, and since I was awake, I got out of bed to be with her.

 

As we walked through our tiny living room, I stuck right by her side. She went over to the window to look out and just as she leaned over to peer through the crack in the curtains, her elbow knocked over a large framed picture sitting on the table next to the window. Her anxiety about thunder storms probably rivaled mine, and when the picture came crashing down with a loud noise, she reacted as though the lightning had just struck her! With a loud scream she jumped and ran, with me close behind, right into the bedroom! It had to have been a hilarious sight!

 

I had seen that it was the framed picture that had crashed, but she did not. She was sure we had been hit. When things calmed down and she got her wits about her, I was able to explain that it was the picture crashing off the table that made that noise. We all had laughs about it later as we thought how silly that was.

 

The acronym for FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. That was exactly what happened to my mother. The lightening really did NOT strike our house, but in her anxiety and panic, she thought it did. And she was very fearful.

 

Have you ever been fearful of something, maybe even something that was not real? Or maybe it was something very real and truly frightening. Either way, anxiety is real. However, we have some amazing promises from God. He will be with us in our fear and anxiety and He promises to strengthen us and help us. And I especially love the visual in Psalms where He tells us that He will cover us with His wings to protect us. What a beautiful image! And what a wonderful God! Thank You, Lord!

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”

  • Psalm 91:1-2; 5-6

 

 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

  • Isaiah 41:10

 

 

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in You my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.”

  • Psalm 57:1

 

 

 

The Farmer’s Focus

Thought for Thursday ~

 

I grew up in a small town in Delaware. Not only did we live near the beach, but we lived near many farms, as well. In fact, my best friend lived on a farm in my town, and to this day, some of my fondest memories are those spent in that wonderful agricultural setting.

 

I remember her big family kitchen in their old farmhouse where her mother would prepare wonderful meals. I remember the momma pig who gave birth as we watched in awe. I remember the pond with the huge turtles and sometimes a snake or two. I also remember the days that we packed our lunch hobo style and set off down the road for the woods to “camp out”. We would spend the day setting up camp and have the time of our lives. We would even try hiking through the woods to see if we could get lost, but we never did! Maybe because we always had our compass. However, I never could figure out how just knowing where North was could keep you from getting lost! We had many adventures and amazing fun times.

 

In addition to our own personal memories, I remember my friend’s father, the farmer. He worked from sun-up to sun-down each day. I watched him feed the pigs, milk the cows, and set off on his tractor to plow the “North 40”, or maybe it was the North 10! It was a fairly small farm. I remember that he worked very hard. He was extremely busy, but never too busy to show us things on the farm and how they worked. I remember the time he showed us how to milk a cow. I was so impressed!

 

Every spring he would plow and plant. Then all through the spring and summer, the plants would grow. To this day, I cannot remember exactly what he planted. It may have been lima beans, which were big in that area. Then every summer and fall, the harvest would fill his time. Again, he would work long hours gathering the harvest and bringing it in. I guess one of the things I remember the most was how hard he worked.

 

 

My dad worked hard, too, but he went to an office and I did not ever get to see how hard he worked. But somehow it really impressed me that this farmer just never seemed to even have much time to relax. By the sweat of his brow and with his clothes laden with the soil of the earth, he toiled in a way that I hadn’t seen before. Being so young, I didn’t realize it at the time, but if he did not work that hard in the spring, he would not have a harvest. And if he did not have a harvest in the fall, he and his family had less to eat and he had no income.

 

That was a good lesson for me to learn. It is the same lesson that God teaches us in the Bible about a work ethic and not being lazy. As He tells us in Proverbs 20:4 “A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.”

 

God also tells us in Proverbs 12:24 “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.”  God believes in a strong work ethic and tells us so many times in the Bible. And He also tells us to do everything as unto the Lord, not men. No matter what we do, if it is honest work, we can work as unto the Lord. Whether we are saving someone’s life on the operating table or we are scrubbing our floors, we can focus on the Lord and work for Him. All honest work is good work.

 

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

 

“Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”

  • Psalm 128:1-2

 

 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

  • Colossians 3:23

Swallowing the Ocean

Thought for Tuesday ~

 

I grew up near the Atlantic Ocean and spent summers swimming in the waves, playing in the sand, and just generally enjoying beach life. Rehoboth Beach has a very dangerous undertow, and when you are standing near the crashing waves, you can feel the strong pull as the water recedes. It can sometimes even pull you down or pull you out into the ocean. Caution is the key word.

 

There are signs posted at the beach warning swimmers to be aware of this phenomenon. My mother always made my brother and me swim only in front of the lifeguard. She could not swim and was very cautious about watching us when we were in the water and also insisting that we swim only in the area in front of the lifeguard in order to be completely safe.

 

I remember clearly one summer when I was about 10 years old playing in the water with my friend. We delighted that the waves were crashing mightily on this one hot bright sunny day as she and I were swimming in the ocean. One of the most thrilling things to do was ride the waves, and on this particular day that is what we were enjoying. We swam out just far enough to be where the waves would crest, the highest part, just before they curled over at the top and came crashing down at the shore line. We would stand sideways so that we could face the ocean and the shore, watching as the vast water swelled in timely intervals, as though preparing itself to rise up and gobble the entire beach as it crashed onto the sand. It was invigorating and exciting!

 

One wave was particularly enormous. More exciting than ever! But somehow instead of being able to ride this wave, it seemed that I had misjudged it and I was not out quite far enough. So instead of riding high into the air on the wave’s crest, I was ravaged by the power that only the ocean could have as it crashed over me!

 

All I remember is being tossed around like a ragdoll, thinking I was going to die. I was under water and could not breathe and I had absolutely no control over this angry ocean! It bashed me against the sand at the bottom, it pulled me out into the ocean, and then the vengeance of this wave did that all over again, which seemed like endless times. I was powerless against the force of the ocean. Finally, after swallowing what seemed like gallons of salt water, the ocean gave up its angry clutch on me and tossed me up on the sand. I could hardly catch my breath. How had this happened?

 

It seemed as though a sunny delightful afternoon playing in the water turned very quickly into a near tragedy. As I think about that, I realize that Satan operates in the very same way. We can be going along enjoying life and all that we are doing, and then, with no warning, Satan slips in with his deception, and wreaks havoc. He turns our joy into despair. He lies, he charms, he deceives, and he pulls us into the ravaging waters of sin where eventually we have no control and we are tossed about in his angry clutches.

 

How can we prevent this? It is simple. Not always easy, but simple. Keep our eyes focused on Jesus, not on the situation around us. Keep our minds in prayer and keep our eyes on the scriptures. And if we feel Satan prowling around us, say the name of JESUS. Satan has to flee at the name of Jesus! Praise God!

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

“But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.”

  • Isaiah 57:20

 

 

“Then He [Jesus] got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”

  • Matthew 8:23-26

 

 

“Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

  • Ephesians 6:10-12

 

 

Thorns with a Purpose

Thought for Thursday ~

 

Have you ever been working in a garden of blackberries or trying to cut flowers that had thorns? Like many of you, I have done that numerous times. Once I was reaching into a rose bush to cut the most beautiful rose ever. It was a gorgeous salmon color and so striking that I wanted to bring it into the house to enjoy. As I carefully reached with my left hand for this exquisite flower, designed by the Creator of the universe Himself, while holding the clipper in my right hand, I felt a piercing pain in my left hand.

 

As all of us know, that pain of being zapped by a thorn in unlike any other. It digs deep into your flesh with the precision of a well-sharpened knife, and it sends its pain throughout your hand, as if to say “don’t touch that rose!”

 

Several years ago when my granddaughter was just a toddler, she fell into a little patch of cacti. The low-lying small cactus bushes had the finest little thorns ever, appearing more like minuscule blades of clear sharp glass.   Fortunately, the weather was cool so she had on a coat, which prevented the razor-sharp thorns from reaching her body, however, they did stick all over her clothing, as well as in her little hands and legs, and she wailed loudly with the pain they caused. As her parents soothed her, they carefully pulled out each little glassy thorn, and thankfully it wasn’t too long before she was as good as new.

 

Whenever I think of thorns, I can’t help but think of the crown of thorns that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ endured when they placed it on His head before He was crucified. No, let me re-phrase that. I am quite sure they did NOT delicately “place” it on His head! Instead, we can only imagine how they performed this act of brutal defiance. They likely held this crown with its long menacing thorns which each tapered to a point that had the sharpness of a well-honed lancet, high above Jesus’ head. Then with a force, filled with the very anger they harbored, they probably lunged the crown down onto His head, not only piercing Jesus’ flesh, but possibly His skull, as well, causing His precious blood to stream down His already badly beaten face and body. And I am also quite sure, that at this point, they pushed it down as hard as they could into His head in order to make sure it would stay there and that He would feel its pain.

 

As we enter the season of Easter this year, I am reminded of the full price that Jesus paid for my sins. It is actually impossible to TRULY get my mind wrapped around the power of Jesus’ pain and suffering because it was so very humiliating and horrific. And it’s equally difficult to imagine that Jesus did that for ME! And for YOU! Do I thank Him each and every day for that?

 

 

Just my thought for the day…. Have a blessed one!

 

 

“Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around Him.  They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand. Then they knelt in front of Him and mocked Him. ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ they said.  They spit on Him, and took the staff and struck Him on the head again and again.  After they had mocked Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him.”

  • Matthew 27:27-31

 

 

 

“Know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raise from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

  • Acts 4:10-12