At All Times-Psalm 34:1

June 7, 2010

Peace in the Fridge? (Looking Upward Over Spilled Milk Part II)

Today I began a somewhat normal cleaning regime after four weeks of chaos from moving into our new home. As I moved through the kitchen I willingly approached the refrigerator. Brand-new, shiny and bright, I knew there would be little to clean in it this week. The bottom drawer was the only place that appeared to have a mess, so I cleaned it first and then worked my way upward ridding the fridge of spoiled food and empty containers. As I reached the second to last shelf, the inevitable happened: I pushed over a hiding glass full of milk that cascaded across the shelf and dumped a creamy waterfall of goodness drawer-by-drawer down the back of my pristine refrigerator.

Yesterday my pastor preached a sermon on the first four horses from Revelation 6. Without going into great detail, he made the point that there will be no international peace on earth until the Messiah brings in peace. As I cleaned the whole refrigerator over again, I began thinking of my first blog post (Looking Upward over Spilled Milk), the sermon, Christ’s coming, and my present moment. Can I find Christ here? Can I find Him in my refrigerator right now? What truth and purpose is there for me in this moment? I asked myself, “There is no world peace, but is there peace in my refrigerator?” My conclusion: No, not in the refrigerator….

I think this morning I was reminded, there will be no true peace in my home, in my kitchen, or in my refrigerator until Messiah reigns. The milk will spill, and other floods will come. Be they flooded basements, potty training accidents (yes, we began potty training this week), or rivers of tears from the heartaches of life, my home will always have a lack of true peace.

But, even though my refrigerator was a mess this morning, my heart was not. Christ may not bring peace to my refrigerator yet, but He certainly reigns in my heart. As I rest assured that He is on His throne in heaven, I can be certain to have peace in my heart amid the chaos on earth—be it big or small.

I’ve got peace like a river,

I’ve got peace like a river,

I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

(and a river of milk in the fridge)

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March 25, 2010

Thought 3: Home Decorating/Remodeling

Filed under: Looking Heavenward Series — by Whitney Standlea @ 9:06 pm
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The first two thoughts focused on waiting… the next two will deal with improving/fixing…

I’ve always been amazed at the amount of home remodeling and home decorating shows there are on tv. I’ve enjoyed “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in the past, but I don’t have cable television so I haven’t seen a lot of the other ones. Now that we are planning to own our first home I’ve also been overwhelmed out the number of blogs on this subject. It is neat to me that you can find a step-by-step guide for anything you can dream of doing to your home.

I believe all of this home improving points to something deeper: We have a longing for a little corner of perfection on earth. As we twiddle and widdle our way to creating the most functional kitchen or the most relaxing bedroom, we are expressing our inner desire to have a piece of heaven. We want a place where all is right and everything is beautiful.

Its interesting to see how quickly styles in design move out of fashion, and our own tastes are even more fleeting.  We constantly feel the urge to paint a room again or need to buy a new bed set even if the old one isn’t worn out. The temporal-ness of interior decorations should point us ever Homeward. We can certainly try, but things are never going to be quite right here. The great Designer has perfected a home for us (with streets of gold and walls of precious stones) and we will find no true satisfaction in any arrangements this side of heaven. As you work on your home by  cleaning, reorganizing, or  redecorating, may it be a reminder of the place God has prepared for you.

March 14, 2010

Introduction & Thought 1: Looking heavenward

My pastor recently started a sermon series through Revelation. During one of his first sermons he talked about the imminence of the Day of the Lord. As we’ve been going through Revelation, I’ve been thinking more of this and the many Scriptures that speak about hoping in the Lord’s coming. We are told to eagerly wait for it (1 Cor. 1:7 and Phil 3:20-21).  Do I often think about the Lord’s coming and the hope I have? Do I eagerly watch for it? Do I even watch for it at all.

I will be posting several short thoughts on this over the next week or so.

THOUGHT 1: E-MAIL

I confess! I have an addiction to Gmail. I keep it open all day and am constantly (every minute or so) glancing at it to see if I have received a new message. I’ve recently taken measure to reduce this but its been challenging. Its always something: a reply back from a friend, a confirmation my order has shipped, an update from the church, a new home posted that meets our search criteria (we’ve been home hunting). All day, in every free moment I am running past the computer to see if something new has come in.

I think there are others with similar “checking” issues. It can be with phones, Facebook, Twitter or even the mail box. I know I have a hard time waiting for the mail man to get here each day.

How would things be different if we were constantly glancing at the sky with our eyes or constantly turning our hearts to God in prayer in hope that He is coming?

Let my eyes glance upward.
Draw my heart to Heaven.
Help me see past all that vies for my attention here.

Turn my thoughts to Jesus.
Send my mind to prayers.
Make me ever watchful, until He should appear.

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