Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Martha and Mary

For the past six months (yes, months), I have been reading a book by Joanna Weaver; Having a Mary Spirit, Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out. (Actually, in all honesty, I forgot about it and it sat on the nightstand collecting dust for a couple of months-- BUT I did pick it back up this week!)

I love reading about Mary and Martha. I find the story of Lazarus to be so uplifting and encouraging. Especially now, as we stand witness to damage the cancer continues to wreak on my grandfather's flesh and as we make one adjustment after another in an effort to keep Ace safe without being too overprotective.

The Spirit within tells us to be patient and put our faith and trust in Him and His plan. Our strength comes from knowing He is in control. Our peace comes from knowing that His will WILL be done.... in HIS good timing. We know that a painless existence awaits our grandfather; and whether it is achieved by the healing hand of God within the flesh or the transition from the flesh into a perfect heavenly body, it calls for praise and is a miracle all the same.

I can only imagine how Mary and Martha felt as Jesus chose to remain towns away during their brother's suffering and death. They must have felt betrayed, perhaps unloved.... even a sense of unfairness. It was probably beyond their realm of reasoning and understanding that Jesus could and would heal him after the finality of death. And that this healing would come in the flesh!

I believe if we were able to remove our flesh goggles and look at our world through His eyes, we'd see less agony and despair. We'd see Him at work at every corner. We'd see His glory places we'd never looked before. We might even discover that we are so weighed down by the details of our circumstances that we have missed a miracle or two.

Have a blessed week. May you find His glory wherever you seek it!


RCUBEs said...

"My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the Lord. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8,9

That's what came to mind as I was reading your inspiring post sister! Glory be to God! We can't rely on our own perspective. What may seem a slow response to our prayers to all of our needs, is always a perfect timing with the Lord. May the Lord bless you always and keep you safe and your whole family. May His comfort and strength cover you all always, especially your grandfather. I had witnessed how true "joy" can flow in our hearts despite the circumstances that surrounded my siblings and I as we visited my then, sick father who was dying from colon cancer. It is after all, His gift.


I'm not sure if we can ever totally remove our "flesh goggles" this side of heaven. But to see people and the trials of life as God sees them should be the goal of every Christian.


Avery's Mommy said...

Love this post. Oh how I wish i could remove those flesh goggles, even for just a day to gain some understanding. A friend of mine was 35 weeks pregnant and lost a completely healthy baby, the dr's have no answers. In those times life seems so unfair. But you are so right, He's at work all around us in more tremendous ways than we can imagine!

Michele Katherine said...

Hello Lou & Terri,
I'm new to world of blogging. Love your honesty in your profile, it is a great witness. I will look forward revisiting.
God bless your day,
Michele Katherine

Lloyd said...

Loved your post Lou. I go along with The Old Geezer. Blessings too you my friend. Lloyd

Lloyd said...

Just checking on you Lou...Blessings. Lloyd

Lloyd said...

Hey Lou...Haven't seen you arond cyberspace for a while. I just dropped in to let you know that you were being lifted up to the Lord in prayer. God bless, Lloyd

Sonja said...


I just stopped in to say hi. You haven't posted for awhile and you are missed.


Toyin O. said...

Amen, we should always see things thru the eyes of Jesus.

Pastor Joseph said...

This is a food for thought