Anyways, the point of this was... we went for alot of walks. Gives a body time to think. Since we no longer have dogs, I don't walk as much as I used to. I've started doing that again and have discovered how much I missed it. Walking around the town, seeing what is happening, flowers, yard clean up, neighbours out with their dogs, trucks early in the morning doing their thing, and just the time alone. How I have coveted silence... and now.. for 30-45 minutes in the morning, I have silence. I am loving it.
Part of what I am doing with that silence is thinking about the week's sermon. This past week Pastor (not our regular pastor, a guest) preached on Rev. 2:18-29.
In Revelation 2:18-29 we read.
18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
19 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servantsa]" to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Today I wondered about Jesus as the Morningstar. Wondering what does it really mean to see Jesus as the Morningstar.
Morningstar... it can be weapon you know. A medieval spikey club, but that's not the imagery called for here. The imagery is one of brightness and of glory. The first thing you see on the horizon in the morning. That bright ball of flame .. kinda goes along with him having eyes of fire and burnished bronze feet. Jesus is Dazzling. Hard on the eyes, so full of brightness and glory. Can you picture it?
But now imagine all that brightness, all that light, in a world of darkness. Aren't you drawn to it? Can't you see how it chases the darkness away? How it bids you draw closer. Most folks don't like to abide in the dark. We want to be where we can see. Jesus is that light, he helps us to see in the darkness.
It was dark on my walk this morning. For a while I thought about going through the bush, but said nope to myself... don't need to walk a trail in the dark...but in the distance I saw a bob of light and for a moment thought to follow it. But the light helped it's people to see. And if I had been close enough, it would have helped me see as well.
Light draws us. It shows us the path in the darkness.
I want to be like my dog Sassy. With ears for my master's call FIRST. I want to be drawn to the light of Christ as Sassy was drawn to the sound of my voice.
What do you want to be drawn to?