Flight of the Dove

“But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.” Genesis 8:9

I often think about Noah’s wife and her time in the Ark. Her faith must have been as strong as her husband’s; she supported him as he followed God’s call. I am sure she spent as many years preparing for the flood as Noah did. After all, if your husband was building a huge boat in your side yard, wouldn’t you have questions?  Today, however, I read the above passage and focused in on the dove. Noah was looking for dry land after bobbing around in the Ark for a long time, surrounded by his family and many animals with no knowledge of what had happened or what was to come; no one (except God of course) knew.

It is tough not knowing what the future holds; at my age, I wonder how long the future will be! I think about the dove… let loose into a sky with nothing but water underneath AND the Ark. The dove flew around, place to place, up and down, looking to find somewhere or something that would indicate its future but found nothing! So, it returned to the only security it knew… the Ark and Noah.  Rick and my life has been a flight with no where to land for over 18 months, but we know where our security lies. We know where our Rock is and who will safely pull us back into its cleft!

 

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, that shadows a dry, thirsty land;

He hideth my life in the depths of His love and covers me there with His hand,

and covers me there with His hand.

(Francis Crosby 1890)

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Philadelphia

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: “These are the words of Him who is holy and true, Who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open. ‘I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My Word and have not denied My name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the Temple of My God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of Heaven from My God; and I will also write on them My New Name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches’.” Revelation 3:7-13 

Isn’t the living Word of God amazing? I have been too busy to do much except either drive or sit in the passenger seat for the last few days. Although most events have been “fun times,” I am in the midst of a post-lymes disease syndrome flare-up which messes with me physically and emotionally. I hate these times as I know I am being moody, miserable, and mopey yet, as much as I try, pray, and count to 5 before responding, I cannot avoid the negative interaction. Add this to the worsened pain in my muscles and I am living in a recipe for disaster. I am always aware that these “flares” are impending but they are also unavoidable. I rely on the Lord even stronger during these times; resting in these words from Pauls’ second letter to the church at Corinth, chapter 12, verse 9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

Since I had little time to write this week, I decided (in the beautiful solitude of our motel room as Rick is downstairs at the pool with our grandsons) to continue blogging about the seven churches mentioned in Revelation. What a treat opened itself in front of me as I read the words Jesus spoke to the church at Philadelphia. Jesus is telling them in our cultural vernacular, “Good job; keep on keeping on!” “I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My Word and have not denied My Name.” He’s saying those words, even today, to believers who are staying the course. The promises He made to the church at Philadelphia are just as valid today for us! I love being love by God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t you? 

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches” 

 

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