Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Man in the Snow

This is the newest member of our family, he joined us yesterday. He prefers to stay outside, and has already given me the cold shoulder :) He faces the driveway, keeping watch.
Now, Fur Ball is not especially impressed with the man in the snow. I don't think he sees the point. He barks, and the man does absolutely nothing. He circles around and around, and the man in the Snow just sits there with a smile on his face, staring up the drive way, waiting.  He has a scarf on, but where is his coat? These are the thoughts I imagine Fur Ball might be having as he barks, barks, and barks some more at The Man in the Snow.
Eventually, Fur Ball was distracted and forgot about The Man in the Snow and got to more important matters last night. But, it reminded me of how easily I too can be distracted. My focus can turn to something here on earth, and I can begin to say and do things that are completely unneeded.
I'm listening to an old book right now, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Jo, one of the sisters was talking to her mother about her temper and her unruly mouth. Her mother confessed to her that she too had the same problem, but she had learned over the years to give her thoughts and her words to her Heavenly Father, and allow Him to control her being. Jo was having a hard time understanding how all of this could possibly work, for there were so many things that took hold of her and angered her. She felt as if it controlled her.
In the Message in 2 Corinthians 10:5 it says this:
We use our powerful God tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

I have access to powerful tools, the Holy Spirit, which can smash the lies that come against God's truth and enable me to keep my focus on the heavenly realm. Say That Again, Lord Jesus, You have given me powerful tools, so I too can focus just like The Man in the Snow!

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