Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Colorful Flowers

I adore this bell shaped Clematis, and it's growing so well!!!
Yellow Cannas
Pot filling in!

Morning Glory: The beauty of being Transparent

This morning I came outside and saw this beautiful Morning Glory! I was just struck by how beautiful it was! I love how they shine and glow, and then I could feel God speaking to my heart, using this beautiful morning glory to reveal his truth to me.
Just look at how the light shines through it! God made us to shine his light through, so that others can see him in us!
Lately I've been reading through the book of James, and today the verse that stood out to me was:
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 (NIV)
"Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow." James 1:17 (NLT)
As I read that verse I felt the Lord speaking to my heart a promise, that if I would trust him and be transparent he WILL shine through me.
That is very hard to do! When you are transparent, others can SEE YOU, and if others see you there is a risk of being hurt by them! You risk being judged, rejected, you name it, that is one of my biggest fears! Yet lately God has been challenging me to open up more and more, to be transparent, to let him shine through me how he wants to.
I also fear if I let others see my brokenness, my imperfections and weaknesses that they won't see God in me but just a bunch of blah.
BUT what the Lord was speaking to my heart is that he won't let that happen, as my face/heart/life is inclined towards him, and I allow myself to be transparent that he WILL shine through. I can trust him with that! He won't change or cast a shifting shadow! I just have to do my part and be transparent!