Passage

As I sat in my cube at work today, I had a word flash in my mind.  Passage.  In an instant my focus was carried away from the task at hand and fixated on Passage.  My very next thought, as I tossed this word around in my mind, was that this is the same word used to relate to scripture.

A little history:  Saying I’ve had a lot on my mind lately would be a huge understatement.  What I have endured not only physically, but mentally and emotionally over the last several months of my life has been quite the journey (and by months I mean lifetime).  A journey of learning to trust, learning to let go (REALLY let go), and learning to accept the things, people, and circumstances I will never be able to change. 

Thirty minutes before the word passage was placed in my mind, I made a Facebook posting about being in GOD’s word daily – how my prayer was to have only Him and His word guide my path, being a lamp unto my feet.  It’s funny how GOD works sometimes.  How He talks to my heart, grabs my attention and lets me know that “YES! I’m thinking about and love you!” 

I decided to research Webster’s definition of Passage and this is what I found:  The action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another; Death; A way of exit or entrance: a road, path, channel, or course by which something passes; The act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another.

That’s when it hit me.  What a perfect depiction of the power of GOD’s Word, His Holy Scriptures, His passages contained in our Holy Bible!  His passages renew and transform us, passing us from “one place, condition or stage to another.”  Taking us from “death” to life everlasting by “a road, path, channel or course,” and having an intimate relationship with Christ, GOD’s Word made flesh.  How beautiful a vision He has given me with this correlation of the word passage to my heart’s desire of daily being in His Word! 

His Word tells us that He will give us the desires of our heart; Delight yourself in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4,5. This does not mean that our selfish longings – things we think we need, the greedy, self-motivating desires that we crave – will be granted. Rather, it illustrates that by living a life for Him, committing your way to Him, giving glory to Him, and putting Him first in your life, He will place HIS desires in your heart and bring HIS will to pass in your life. 

By trusting in GOD and seeking His will, we are molded by the power of the Holy Spirit into His likeness. He will rid our hearts of the foolish, fallen and sinful desires which overwhelm them.  Our likes and dislikes will be forever changed to reflect those of our Lord, making our desires GOD’s desires for us. GOD knows what is best for us and He is the One in control of His victorious plan.  His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. He is for us, not against us, and GOD’s ways and desires are truly our ultimate fulfillment.

His “process of moving [me] through, under, over, or past something [myself] on the way from one place [focus on things of this world and sinful desires] to another [His desires and ultimate fulfillment in my life],begins with a choice...my choice. My choice to have an intimate relationship with Him and to be in His Word daily is my right of passage, taking me from who I am, to who I want to become.  I choose GOD.  How about you?

Heavenly Father…Where do I begin? How could I ever put to words the gratitude, the wonderment, and the overwhelming love that fills this sinner’s heart?!  There aren’t enough adjectives in any human language that could even begin to depict the abundance that it holds.  Therefore, I offer it to you…my heart…with each beat, rhythmically in sync to its Creator, as it communicates to You in a way that only You can understand and decipher.  Thank You for Your Word, Father, and allowing it to be my passage to You, forevermore.  In Christ’s glorious Name I pray. Amen.

Deanna Clardy

September 13, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wayward

I thought I saw you out today,
My heart leaped within my chest.
I sped my pace for a better view,
Not heeding my need to rest.
 
His stature was so broad and tall,
His gait was long in stride.
The swiftness of his movements,
Found me racing to his side.
 
His hair was neatly shaven,
Brown tones with hints of blonde.
A close trimmed beard upon his face,
Stylish clothes that he had donned. 
 
I quickly closed the distance,
Could this be my wayward son?
To my dismay, my heart again crushed,
There stood a stranger and I stood undone.
 
I stared as he kept on walking,
Remembering arms once outstretched wide.
Strong arms once used to hold his mom,
Now only sway with foolish pride.
 
I dry my eyes and say a prayer,
God have Your way in my life.
Return to me my child that I love,
Cleanse his heart of all senseless strife.
 
Remove all the unforgiveness,
Strip pride, deceit and hate.
Renew his mind, replace his heart,
And strengthen me as I wait.
 
Deanna Clardy
August 17, 2012
 
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From Seclusion to Sanctuary

Did you ever build a fort when you were a child? Did you have that special place created just for you? A place where you sought refuge?  Growing up, I remember the excitement in being able to express my creativeness through the art of fort building.  A secluded fortress, nestled in the tree line of a neighborhood park, or even a mere sheet thrown over a table in a back bedroom, offered me a place of solitude and acceptance.  It was a place I could go without the fear of being made fun of, judged or condemned.  A place where I didn’t have to worry about being good enough, or not having what it took to be a part of something bigger than the nothing that I had made myself out to be.

I found solace in solitude.  I had convinced myself that my fortress, albeit lonely, would protect me from pain, attack, and danger.  I would always be welcomed and accepted there.  But in the end, I had merely constructed my own seclusion.

Looking back, I realize I had a huge void in my life.  As a young child [and in many ways, it continued to impact me as an adult], I was seeking shelter, satisfaction, and solace from a world that only knew how to bring me pain, disappointment, and heartache.  Building walls around me offered little more than a facade of a fortress, nothing close to what my heart yearned for.

“How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—a place near Your altar, Lord Almighty, 
my King and my God. 
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ever praising you. 
Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 
As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; 
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me,
God of Jacob. Look on our shield, O God;
look with favor on Your anointed one. 
Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; 
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 
Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.”
–Psalm 84 [NIV]

 Christ Jesus is my Shelter, my ultimate Fortress.  I have complete acceptance in Jesus.  In Him, I have nothing to fear and I will always be good enough.  In Him is a life of abundance, joy and love.  He has filled me to overflowing with a peace that surpasses all understanding, reaching to the very depths of my soul.

Christ has replenished all that was lost during those years of isolation and loneliness.  He has brought me out of seclusion, into His sanctuary.  He has surrounded me in His love and filled me to overflowing, affording me other “fort-mates” with whom I can share life with.  I’ve left the solitary confinement of my yesterday to enter into His lovely, and loving, dwelling place, today.

Christ Jesus, thank You for tearing down the secluded forts of my yesteryear and giving me the ultimate Fortress that I have in You.  How lovely is Your dwelling place, O GOD! Blessed is the one who trusts in You.  In Your holy name I pray, Amen.

Points to Ponder:

Are you still building secluded forts?  What is holding you back from tearing down the fortress walls of seclusion?

In what ways have you felt that GOD was calling you out of your solitary confinement into His dwelling place?  How did you respond?

Deanna Clardy – 7-25-2012

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Being Present – In The Midst Of It All

When was the last time you removed yourself from your own thoughts and stopped being subjective, in order to seek God and gain His objective? Have you ever just sat still to be fully present in your surroundings?  Emptied your mind of all the chaotic thoughts that strive to take first place amongst the never-ending swarm of theories and ideologies?  It takes practice, patience and perseverance to accomplish this feat.  Meditating on God’s word, having alone time in His presence, prayer, and reading daily devotionals always begin with good intentions, then the next thing you know, you can’t even remember that last sentence you read, the prayer your said, or much less a cumulative paragraph.  Thoughts invade, overpower and conquer.  We fall prey, give in and surrender, then stand in wonder…and worry.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we worry? Why do we constantly try to convince ourselves that we are in control of anything? From worrying about what we will wear tomorrow at the office, to worrying every time the phone rings if it will be the doctor’s office with the long-awaited test results. Wallowing in anxieties about being accepted by another, to how the mortgage payment will be paid this month.  Struggling with fear and doubt if someone is being true to you, to letting the concocted scenario manifest itself and playing fully out, then fretting on what your next step would be if it is true.  Worry, doubt, fear, anxiety, apprehension….it all equals death.  Death of the spirit, death of joy, death of hope, death of health, all lead to death of life.  This goes against everything God wants and intends for us.

God’s word says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  (Matthew 6:25-27)

 “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; ‘I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:10-11)

We must bring ourselves to Him.  Place ourselves at His feet.  To be still and know that He is God.  He will quiet our spirit.  He will quiet our minds.  He will fill us to overflowing with a peace that surpasses all understanding, reaching to the depths of our very souls. But first we have to give all control to Him.  He will not force Himself upon us and take it away.  It must be laid down, overturned and relinquished to Him.  Even in the eye of the storm of our surroundings, or our circumstances, He is there, waiting for us to be fully present, right where we are.  In the same way that olives must be crushed to make oil, He poured out His life as a love offering for all of us.  He doesn’t ever want us to doubt that He is with us, and that He wants to take us to a place of comfort, peace, and victory. Even when we cannot see Him in our situation or circumstance, He is there, working on our behalf.  He desires us to give to Him the crushing weight of our circumstances, and freely go to Him in prayer.  When it is time to move in or from your surroundings or circumstance, He will walk with you through the valley and straight to the cross, where your trials will be transformed into triumph, and give you beauty for your ashes.

We must come to a place of acceptance in that we, as His children – believers of Jesus Christ, it is He that has control in our lives, and He that began a good work in us will see it to completion.  Regardless of our past mistakes and sins, or our present circumstances, He is faithful and just.  He forgives us of our sins when we seek Him and His face, ask for forgiveness, and allow the Holy Spirit to reside within us.  God is love and there is no fear in His perfect love.  There is no worry, doubt, troublesome thought or predicament that He cannot wipe away and replace with peace, joy and understanding.  We must first be present.  Present in the moment, present in His word, and present in His dwelling place.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.  Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God.  Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ever praising You. Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.  As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on Your anointed one. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.” (Psalm 84)

You, O God, are my strength to strength.  I yearn for the day wherein I see You face to face in Zion. I come into Your presence, Lord.  Quiet my mind, my soul and my spirit so that I can be forever present, right where I am. May I not give way to distractions, but continually keep my focus on You.  Being forever present in my surroundings, and to always shine Christ’s light to a dark world.  Better is one day in Your courts, Lord, than a thousand elsewhere.  May today, and every day, I meet You in Your courts, and be bathed by Your cleansing touch.  In Christ’s ever present Name I pray. Amen.

 Deanna Clardy

July 24, 2012

 

 

 

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The Battles That Rage

The day begins, a new and fresh.
Please clarity fill my mind.
The rise from bed, brings sense of flesh,
Prompting the thoughts that bind.
 
The battles rage, even in slumber,
Although the body sleeps.
The subconscious mind, thoughts can’t be numbered.
But are displayed through eyes that weep.
 
To lay things down, before they begin.
At the feet of Jesus Christ.
As day turns night, here once again.
The mind overturned by heist.
 
Does this change? Will progress come?
Will joy last more than a day?
To persevere, to push through numb,
Loosening all that is frayed.
 
I cry, I plead, what must I do?
When will this battle cease?
I know my worth, I know His truth,
But in combat it’s not released.
 
To seek the Word, and know its depth,
A lifetime of study and deed.
Yet even then, understanding its breadth,
The flesh will shun its heed.
 
Although His Word, is planted deep,
Within my heart is sealed.
The war does rage, the hill is steep,
I pray to Christ I’ll yield.
 
I step and fall, I get back up,
I’m scratched, I’m bruised and broken.
His hand extends, I drink His cup,
His love is more than can be spoken.
 
So try I must, and focus remain,
Though persecution around me roams.
To live in this world, but in worldly refrain,
For this is surely not my home.
 
Deanna Clardy
June 19, 2012
 
 
 
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Your Who

We scream, we cry, we shout out why WHY?          
Too selfish to see, our own foolish pride.      
Your ears, must hurt, from our senseless spurt.
The noise and the rage, that calls from the dirt.
 
Who hears Your pleas?
 
With fear and shame, we slander Your Name.
Yet using You as, a pawn in our game.
Our tears, so raw, abusing Your law.
But still You catch, every tear drop that falls.
 
Who wipes away Your tears?
 
We turn, our backs, launch brutal attacks.
Then call out Your Name, and curse at our lacks.
You lift, uphold, pour love out tenfold.
Accepting Your child, more precious than gold.
 
Who takes Your stance?
 
In joy, through sorrow, the past and tomorrow.
You never forsake, but for granted I borrow.
Not leaving, to chance, my daily circumstance.
The road that diverted, repaired in advance.
 
Who comforts Your heart?
 
Your plea, Your why, who fills the goodbye?
We have You for all things, but who cares when You cry?
My heart, it breaks, for all put at stake.
You’re shunned for Your love, or branded as fake.
 
Who fulfills Your needs?
 
You forgive, and restore, You’re worth living for.
My passion grows deep, and it’s You I adore.
This heart, on fire, in You I am sealed.
When others, see me, I pray You that’s revealed.
 
I want to be Your who.
 
Deanna Clardy
June 6, 2012
 
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When Doves Cry

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.”  Song of Solomon 5:2

Three days ago I am awakened from my slumber and all I could see in my mind’s eye is the word “Dove.”  I pondered on it briefly before getting out of bed to start my day, and attempted to dismiss it as a random thought.  Apparently, that wasn’t GOD’s intentions.

I began my morning routine, started the water for the shower, chose my outfit for the day, and began my morning prayer with our Heavenly Father.  He immediately directed my attention back to the word “Dove.”  Well, at this point I’m very much aware that this word, now having been clearly defined in my mind and heart, was something He needed me to talk with Him about.  I acknowledged to Him that I needed His clarification and asked for His wisdom and guidance as to its meaning. No clear response was given to me, so I continued my prayer time and moved along with getting ready for my day.  So in the shower I go.

Through the water and steamy vapors, I cautiously peered through the blanket of soap that covered my eyes, and I extended my hand to reach for the shampoo.  In that instant my eyes grew wide as I noticed the name of the shampoo staring back at me…”DOVE.”  Okay Lord, You have my attention, and I’m listening.

As I stood in awe of how He choosing to communicate with me, I noticed just below the name of the shampoo the following marketing statement…”Damage Therapy” and “Intensive Repair.”  Then it hits me!  Wow Lord!  You’re speaking directly to my heart! Now to delve deeper into You as to what You need me to learn from this.  The day continued with me in and out of prayer over what I felt He was trying to relay to me. He must have realized that’s all I could handle for one day, as that’s all I received.

The very next morning, with the word “Dove” still looming in my heart, I pulled out of the garage and onto my street to go to work.  Not 100 feet down the road I’m met by a dove standing in the very middle of the road, facing me head on, not moving an inch.  A lonesome dove, staring directly at me, not budging until the very last possible second before being impaled, as if he was saying to me, “I’m not moving until I know you’ve seen me.”  How I LOVE the dynamics God chooses to get my attention.

Of course, being the thinker and prayer that I am, I could NOT just dismiss this as coincidence, being that I don’t believe in coincidence.  I knew full well God needed me to hear Him on this issue and dive deeper.  So deeper I went. 

I wanted to know what the Bible had to say about doves.  Here’s a bit of what I found: In Scripture, doves are portrayed as the most significant of all the birds mentioned. Two reasons 1) the dove was the first bird written about in the Bible, along with the raven, other than general references to fowls in connection with the creation story; and 2) the dove was the sacrifice which the poor man could bring in Old Testament practices as a sacrifice for his sin, so that no one was left out. Doves are symbolic for purity, love, faith, sacrifice and innocence. They are also known for their mourning, how they nest/lodge, and their ability to fly to safety.

I was first lead to:

Genesis 8

6          And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

7          And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

8          Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

9          But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

10        And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

11        And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

The raven and the dove were both sent forth from the ark, but the raven stayed away. The raven did not return because he fed upon dead flesh. He had no problem finding something upon which to rest and to eat, but the dove will not touch dead flesh. She came back to the ark until the waters had abated to where she could pluck an olive leaf and bring it back to Noah. (She’s VEGAN! 😉 Coincidence? I think not!)

Being lead to this scripture, I know that God is pursuing me – calling to me to seek Him and His Word – beckoning me to rest in His mighty hands, as the events of my life, of this world and the people of it, flail amongst the uncontrollable waves of discord. He is assuring me that when I choose to perch in the safety of His promises, I will not be taken under, or overcome.

During Christ’s baptism, the Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove – visible evidence of the Holy Spirit – and landed on Christ’s shoulder.  God chose this as His sign to all that Christ is the Son of God, and His chosen One.

By seeing that lonesome dove in the middle of my street, staring me in the eye and not faltering in its placement, I know God was showing me His Holy Spirit, clearing my vision and reminding me, yet again, that because I have been made one with Christ, I am made pure. I am a chosen child of God and He has placed His Holy Spirit with me. It is He that lives in me, and He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. Praise be to God!

 Song of Solomon 5

2          I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.                    

6          I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

This is a conversation between Christ and His beloved, Christ and His Church, Christ and me as an individual believer. In verse 2, there is the fitful sleeping of the person who is conscious that communion with the Lord has been neglected.

I feel like God is telling me I need to always remember Him first in everything that I do, not neglecting Him and not relying on man or this world for what only God can give me and satisfy within me. When I am not focused on Christ, then my focus is on this world and the people of it, exactly where it should not be. He is telling me I need to regain my focus to what truly matters – Him and our relationship. He longs to fellowship with me. Individuals break fellowship with God by having an alliance with the world. Those alliances must be broken that fellowship might be restored. (See II Corinthians 6:14-18)  Scripture does not say that we should never have anything to do with the unsaved, or that we should not keep company with them, or to not be a witness.  It does teach us that we should never enter into a binding yoke with the unsaved, whereby when God leads you to make a decision; you have to consider an unsaved person’s viewpoint. Any relationship with the unsaved that does not involve your allegiance to God is quite all right, but any relationship with the unsaved that involves your loyalty to God must be avoided. If we allow our relationships with the unsaved to hinder our loyalty to God, our relationship with Him will become contaminated. God calls His people to be pure people, a people that is separate and apart from the world.

Psalm 68

13        Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

A better word for lien is lodged. King David had oftentimes seen doves who lodged among the pots for the warmth that was there and taken up refuge. When the dove lifted, it was soiled and dirty; but when the dove arose from that place where she was and mounted into the sunrise, the sun shone upon the wings of the dove, and King David said that she appeared to be covered with silver and her feathers as yellow gold.

I sense God is telling me that although I “lodge among the pots” and am “dirty and soiled by sin,” the grace of God takes hold of my life, and I am able to soar up out of all that filth and dirt because I am a new creature in Christ, and that which is dirty and that which is unlovely becomes beautiful in the sight of God. This revelation that He has brought to me brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart in knowing that there is nothing more beautiful than a changed life in Christ.

Psalm 55

 1          Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

 2          Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

 3          Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

 4          My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

 5          Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

 6          And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

 7          Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

I have often thought if I could just get away from it all! If I could just find a quiet spot and be alone in my thoughts! Where can I go to find solitude and rest?  King David realized the need for coming apart, as Christ said to His disciples, “Come apart and rest awhile.” You can find your solitude and your rest in your fellowship in Christ. It is possible to be in the midst of everything and out of it at the same time.

Jeremiah 48

28        O ye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, and be like the dove that maketh her nest in the sides of the hole’s mouth [“in the sides of the caves”].

Song of Solomon 2

14        O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Doves do not make their nests down low, but in high places away from all the activity. Jeremiah is saying to those who are responsive to God’s message, in the land of Moab, to be like the dove and get away to a place of safety. I know God is reminding me to do the same. In order for me to have the fellowship with God it is necessary to “get away from it all.” It is necessary for me to be in that secret, quiet place away from all the busy turmoil of life and alone with Him, listening for His still, small voice. We are prone to go to Him, and it is all one-sided. We go to Him for what we can get. He would like for us to come to Him because He loves us. You are His and you mean something to Him, and I think we are oftentimes prone to forget it. That is the reason He said, “Let Me see thy countenance, and let Me hear thy voice.”

I long for Christ to hear my voice and to be in communion with Him. He is reminding me that I cannot allow myself to be tripped up on the things and people of this world that steal my time away from Him and that try to convince me of things other than His truth.  God refers to these distractions as “little foxes.”

Song of Solomon 2

15        Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

It is not the big things that break our fellowship with God. It is not the big things that keep up apart from God. It is the little things described here as foxes. Every once in a while, we have to go and capture those little foxes that spoil the vines. He is telling me to check the vines from time to time and see if the little foxes are not spoiling them.

Our relationship with Christ is one of growth. We can’t grow just by sailing along, riding on past experiences, and expect our relationship with Him to deepen.  A relationship is grown through nurturing it, investing time into it, and specifically choosing it. If it is neglected, it will become broken and die.

Isaiah 38

14        Like a crane or a swallow [two birds noted for their chattering], so did I chatter:  I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

Naturalists tell us that when doves are separated, the one who is left behind sits and mourns with a moaning in her voice because her mate is missing, and there is no satisfying her until she is reunited with her mate. Hezekiah suddenly realized that all of his life was coming to an end, and the worst thing about it was that he lacked a sense of the presence of God. He moaned about it as the dove moans when she is separated from the one she loves.

I have been mourning a lot lately. This mourning, as I have come to realize, has been self-inflicted. I have separated myself, unconsciously, from the One that I love, and I’m left mourning like the dove. Instead of turning to the One who defines love, I have turned to the world looking to be defined by how it loves.

Ezekiel 7

 16        But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.

Ezekiel, like Isaiah, had often heard the doves mourning in mournful discontent because their fellowship with their mates had been broken, and when they reviewed that scene in their own minds, they were reminded of what it is when fellowship is broken for the people of God.

Matthew 10

16        Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Notice: “…harmless as doves.” A better word for harmless is innocent. The reason that He said that is that He wanted us to be wise concerning the things of God and simple and innocent concerning the things that are evil. I believe we should be grounded in the Word of God so that we live by principles that are applicable to any situation. “You don’t have to go through the sewer to know how dirty it is. All you need to do is go down to the sewage plant and you will know. Go where the sewer comes out.” The devil would have us believe we have to be involved in order to know what is going on. We don’t. Remember the dove. Christ said, “I am sending you out into the world which is full of wolves, ready to pounce on you, but I want you to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”  We have to live IN this world, not be OF it. 

I believe God is telling me just because someone else acts worldly, doesn’t read the Word, involves themselves in worldly matters, looks to people for their significance, and finds their worth and value outside of God’s dimensions, that I am not to do the same.

I am God’s chosen child, His dove, and His love.  He is my “intensive repair” and “damage therapy” and I choose to nest in Him until mourning is nigh. 

Thank You Father for taking the time to place a word like “dove” in my heart to show me that my intensive repair and damage therapy can only be found in You.  Thank You for showing me how I have been as a dove in mourning, lodging among the dirt and filth of pots, and yet You see me “as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and feathers with yellow gold.”   In Christ’s Name I pray. Amen.

Deanna Clardy

 May 18, 2012

 

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