Monday, May 3, 2010
Part I: Day Of The Feast
Friday, my family and I took a road trip to Hays, Kansas. Hays is a city close to Wichita. We arrived early in the morning, but I could tell this place was a lot different than Dallas. I saw a gas station named Love's and a bank called Sunflower. I had a good vibe going on about this place. When I got out of my sister's Ford Explorer, my long locks looked like a lion's frizzy puffy hair, and I had a hunch back after sitting down for 9 hours. I had to re-think there for a minute, "now why was I hear again? Oh that's right, I was invited to witness a celebration... my aunt's wedding!" I suddenly began to feel butterflies in my stomach and this feeling of nausea. I caught myself and suddenly took composure. It happens to me every time someone I know is going to get married. I was delighted to be a part of this ceremony!
I believe there is something in the human heart that God has placed whenever a wedding is announced. People get excited and start preparing for the great day. They glance at the "Save the Date" frequently to see if the day is near. Some even start exercising too look good in their outfit. Maybe the Lord placed that feeling in us as a foreshadow of the Day of the Feast when we (the Bride) meet Him (the Groom). We must prepare everyday through our daily actions to meet Him. Sometimes the journey can get overwhelming and tiring, but there is a time that is coming when we will meet our Lord. Oh and What a wonderful day that will be!
Part II: Unanimous
We arrived at the reception and there was a gentleman with a white long sleeve shirt who waved at us to sit at the main table. The servers quickly brought out plates and drinks before us. I saw a woman with a pink dress gesturing to the gentleman to make sure we were all taken care of. The server kindly asked me, "Would you like another plate?" I was as stuffed as a turkey after eating the rice and rich mole. I said, "No mas, gracias." All of my aunt's and her husband's friends were the cooks, the servers, the coordinators, and the janitors. I was amazed at how orderly and smooth the whole reception went. People in Hays help each other in all things. They cooperate whenever someone is in need. The people of Hays remind me of the people in the Book of Acts. "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had" (Acts 4:32). I would like to see that happening more often in Dallas. People say that only happens in small communities, but I believe it can happen in my church, my community, and in my city. Before Jesus died, he gave a command to love one another and by this all men would know that we are his disciples. (paraphrase from John 13:34) The church needs to be the example to the world. If we are united as the body of Christ, we can accomplish more for the Kingdom of God, and we won't hover our gifts. But we will give freely and people will believe that Christ is in us. Hays gave me a little glimpse of Heaven. I'm sure we'll find Love in every corner and valleys with a beautiful array of sunflowers.
Father, I pray that I won't lose the longing in my heart to meet you one day. I pray that while I prepare for the feast, I'd seek you with all my heart. And Lord, help me to be one who brings unity and promotes love. Amen.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Today, at 5:30 AM my alarm clock went off. My alarm sound is not the annoying one that sounds like a high pitch ring, but it is a jubilant music tone. But when you’re tired and you’re whole body aches, even the pleasant things seem to not take any effect. When I was walking out the door, my eyes glanced to the kitchen seeking something that would fill my hunger. I saw a big bright orange, and I grabbed it without even thinking about it. All my mind could register in that moment was fruit=healthy. I probably have eaten hundreds of oranges in my life, but this time the orange was different. I grabbed the orange, pressed my nail into the outer covering and began to peel the orange. The orange is surrounded by thick rigid skin, but the texture inside is delicate, soft, and round. Wow! I thought. God is a perfect genius! He took the time to create this fruit in a way that would be convenient for us to eat. He cut the orange in slices and neatly packed them in a circular shape. As I was taking the slices apart, I thought about when I was a little girl, and my mom would cut my food into little pieces. She did it so I could eat the food an easier way, but she ultimately did it because she loves me. Father God expresses His love towards us in so many ways. Matthew 5:45 says, “[F]or He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”Everyday we experience His goodness. I am so glad His love is available to us all, and we can all partake of His affection! The love in orange is only one small token of His Love, but there is much more!
Oh God that you would open my eyes to see more of your goodness! Thank you for your expressing your love through your wondrous works. May I never take for granted all that you've created for me to enjoy.