Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sealed






Working with wax and seals. The softened wax impressed with the design which then hardens in place; our lives need to be soft enough for the impression of the Holy Spirit - moldable/teachable
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit and in that, set apart - a seal of promise.
At this time of Pentecost when the church calendar remembers the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit I think it is good to remember what a radical thing it is: God's own Spirit dwelling in us..
Sealed also speaks of mystery to me - something kept sealed is secret, a mystery, a wondering, a curiosity...
a sealed envelope speaks of the importance of the contents to the sealer too....

Monday, 13 May 2013

Agate


Agate - formed in a vacuum in volcanic, pressurized cavities.God's word in Sept 2011:
Some people are the precious stones of God, formed like agate; a vacuum, heat and pressure forming the most beautiful stones of iridescent colours and,
SLOWLY - line upon line
there are the exquisite deposits of truth
SLOWLY lived out/worked out/applied
and absorbed to be the solid core of people.

"line upon line, precept upon precept.."  God's patient process of slowly building in solid truth

The vacuum part spoke to my heart, as sometimes it can seem as if there are no spiritual mentors available but in God's purposes, (while not His ideal nor preferred circumstances), He will always make a way for growth.

This is the hope that sustains us. As in James 1 :2-5 ( endurance and growth in wisdom) and 1 Peter 2:5 (where we are called living stones) - our trials are producing in us something of eternal glory that will remain
2 Corinthians 4:16 - 18

Have patience with the processes of God in your life and in others around you, amazing stuff is happening in the hidden places.

Meditating on fragrance


Art for me is very meditative - it slows me down and makes me think outside the ruts of thought I often have about a passage of scripture. Fresh thoughts provoked by this piece of journaling: quality perfume lasts - often it can be smelt even days later! I hope my life becomes like that - a lasting presence in the community of people around me, acting as a reminder of Christ.
It also makes me remember a time when there was a strong presence of God and this gorgeous fragrance was present. I had never thought that this scripture could be literal however, thinking about it, if God is the Creator of the nose and smell, He would appreciate and can create the ultimate perfume and fragrances. Also, in the Old Testament - the anointing oil and also the fragrant incense were all strongly perfumed (Exodus 30). I'm guessing the smell of the temple/tent of meeting would have been an interesting mix of a roast and incense.  The incense speaks of intercession -  (where our hearts continually bubble over in communion with God) and the anointing of the Holy Spirit and consecration. As believers we are to continually be filled with the anointing - walking in holiness and the power of the Holy Spirit - leaving trails of glory and the fragrance of Christ. Now I'm thinking - how strong is the perfume of Christ on my life and is it strong enough to leave a tangible effect?