Adventures AWAKE

A pithy little blog encouraging creative adventures of the Christian spirit

Smudged souls March 13, 2010

I saw a lot of beautiful people in India. Physically, just beautiful. Dark-eyed, exotic, bright-smiled beauty. But I couldn’t help noticing all the babies with — what looked like — big birthmarks on their sweet faces. At last it occured to me that I might ask.

One of my gracious hosts explained to me that parents often smudge their children so the gods will not think they’re beautiful and want to steal them.

Don’t all parents think their children are beautiful? Certainly, Father God does. Shouldn’t we all walk around with smudges on our faces?

What saddens me is that most of us don’t walk around with an awareness of our beauty — the glory of Christ — but, instead, a profound awareness of the ugliness within. We spend days reflecting upon the smudges (scars, really) on our souls; the tax of sin waged by the enemy of our Father. We want to hide the mark Christ has made on us before the world.

Want an adventure? Look in the mirror of God’s word for your beauty today. (Check out Psalm 149:4, Ephesians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 4:18). Get lost in His love for you. Stare his beauty in the face. Get the image of your face smudged with His unconditional love and Fatherly pride. Think of how He wants to empower your pretty soul to attract others. We are marked by Him for His glory.

 

Beautiful valleys July 10, 2009

beautiful valley

Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.

~ Isaiah 40:4

 

Want an adventure?  Using the meditation from Isaiah 40:4, place yourself into the scene above. Are you in a daunting place on the edge or a peaceful spot in the meadow? Think about the road you’ve travelled. Look at the path you’ve walked. Has it been smooth? — steep? — downhill? — a cliff? Is the sky above looking brightly blue or do you see storm clouds building? Is your pack heavy? — your heart light? What is ahead of you on the path today? Look for God’s guidance in the level places and praise Him for each step along the way.