IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Endings and Beginnings
Because I am starting this at 1:25 on Wednesday afternoon and because I still have to make a visit to UPS for copying and to the store for elastic, I am hoping to be brief. It’s not that I have not been studying today. To the contrary, I think I have put in much more than I have digested. But let me give you two points, I think, and then it’s out the door for me.
I finished my JESUS, 90 Days with the One and Only journal today. I started it on April 6, 2009 and wrote my last entry a little earlier today. I was happy and sad to reach the last page and I’ve already picked my next 90 day journal – who knows how long it will take. It’s entitled, JOHN, 90 Days with the Beloved Disciple. And following that will be 90 Days with David. So looks like Beth (Moore) may have about 2 years to get another one together as I’d like to have a least 4 of them done before I’m too old to do them. But I’m off track here.
So here’s a paragraph that gave me some sweet emotions and I thought you might like to share them with me.
“Thirty-three years earlier, the feet of God toddled their first visible prints on earth, a young mother’s footprints chasing close behind. The walk grew rough, the path strewn with stones and thorns. Now God incarnate stepped off this planet with feet scarred and bruised. As God predicted at the fall, the ancient serpent struck Christ’s heel, but on the day He ascended, all things were under Christ’s feet. Jesus Christ walked the way of humanity so that humanity could walk the way of God. How beautiful the feet that brought good news.”
Amen and amen! How awesome is that on the screen of our minds?!
Romans 10: (NKJV)15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “ How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Luke 24: 50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
I said two but I think I’ll save the other one because this one is just too good to move on from – we need to linger over it for at least a day! Sweet blessings to you my sisters and brothers in the name of our Holy Jesus!
(Just as a side note – my Baby Girl’s name came from this passage. I named her Bethany to always remind me and hopefully her that He left from a place called Bethany and He would return to a place called Bethany and for her – Bethany. I am without words to say how grateful this Momma is that my Bethany is looking to ‘Bethany’ for His return… so’s her Momma.)
ABBA, You know even better than I how grateful I am that You have given my sister Beth such words to give me these pictures of You. This is so good! These 2000 plus years since Your nailed scarred feet were lifted off this planet that You chose to come to for us – it’s more than I can take it but I am so grateful for what I have been able thus far to comprehend. My request to You is to comprehend more and more of You, to fully give You all my heart, soul and body, to be utterly head over heels, fully gone, ‘crazy’ in love with You and occupying myself with Your Business while I keep a watchful eye longing for You to come again. And, Holy Spirit, I pray that too for our IDOKs and Readers. Thank You that You are forever watching over us and that nothing touches us that You have not already made provisions to cover. Thank You that no illness or disease or hurt or pain or wayward child, or bondage, or grief, or IDOK Troop, or family, or crisis in Washington or anywhere else or anything else we could name is beyond You – You have it all covered and redeemed for us if only we will believe. And praise You, praise You we are learning to believe. Thank You, DADDY. Thank You in Jesus Name. Amen and amen.