From My Pen...

I'm a journaler. I like to journal about life, love and my Lord. I also love technology but busyness keeps me from being as tech-savvy as I'd like to be. This blog gives me a chance to play computer and learn a few new tricks along the way; all the while serving as my 21st century journal. A journaler is just a writer by another name and writing defines me almost as much as my faith does. I've always had a desire to blend my faith and my writing into a ministry of encouragement. This blog gives birth to that desire. Be blessed as you read these weekly devotions taken from the pages of my old-fashioned journal.

Monday, 28 July 2014

SON-CATCHERS

Do you remember back when sun catchers became all-the-rage? I came across this old journal entry. It must be at least a dozen years old. I thought it a timely post for two reasons: One, we've seen quite a bit of sun lately and two, I'm on the threshold of a new place of ministry service and I want to shine effectively in this time and place. Enjoy...

I have always admired sun-catchers in other people’s homes but I didn’t have any myself until a year or so ago. Now I have three. I put them in the living room window. You know, the big one, where I could sit and enjoy them often. Where I could admire the rainbows they cast around me; cheering me. You know how it goes. Well, that’s what I thought would happen. Not so! For a whole year, lots of sun and four seasons and not one rainbow did I see – cheap crystals! Well, those things weren’t giving me what I wanted so I took them down and stuck them in the little back windows out of the way. After all they were just hanging there doing nothing.

Well lo and behold on the first sunny morning I walked into their new room and it was awash with color; rainbows on the table, the floor, the cupboard doors and the ceiling. Even the dishwasher and bulletin board were covered in mini rainbows. I was thrilled but didn’t give it a lot of deep thought. My day was brightened by some cheery little rainbows. End of story? Of course not. When hubby came home I shared the beauty with him and henceforth came these profound words: “Hmm, same sun-catchers, same sun, different spot. Hmm, what do you make of that?” Well, being a writer and a thinker and having it put to me like that, you know I had to make something of it and here it is…

I am the “Son” catcher. The “Son” is Jesus. Not quite rocket science is it? Well Son-catchers are supposed to reflect the Son aren’t they? (2 Corinthians 3:18) So if I’m not reflecting or shining like I should be then I’ve got to ask the question – why not? Am I not walking daily in the light of His Word and presence? Have I chosen to plug into the wrong area of service, one that doesn’t fit my giftings? Is my motive for serving wrong – do I seek my glory or His? Is there some reason the Son can’t shine through me effectively? So what’s the solution? Re-evaluate my position. I definitely need Son-light in order to shine so I need to make sure I connect with Him daily. I may also need to find a new “spot” to shine; one that is God-ordained; not me-ordained. It could be a new area of ministry; a new focus or maybe I need fresh vision and I definitely need to yield to the Son’s leading. Why am I here? Why am I doing what I’m doing? Is my motive right? Am I doing what God wants? He will lead (Isaiah 30:21) if I seek His counsel and if I do and He does then I will be one awesome Son-catcher; sharing the light of His love as I go. (2 Corinthians 2:15)