DIVINELY DESIGNED

It was a bright, sunny Tuesday morning.  As I’ve done thousands of times, I looked out over the Umpqua Valley from 600 feet elevation, with the Callahan Mountains in the distance, and blue birds darting about.   A breathe-taking, beautiful view from my living room’s house on Red Hill.  What a blessing.  In the foreground, a myriad of butterfly were doing their God appointed work, pollinating the purple flowered bush, Buddleia davidii. It gave me pause at that moment to think about the divine order of how these monarchs were purposefully created for nature’s awe and wonder. Transitioning from that thought, how much more is God’s design for us in His Kingdom on Earth?

Given the turbulent storms of chaos and uncertainty at home and around the world, there's never been a time when intentional and authentic agape love is required to drench the shadows and corners of despair with a heavenly light.  How can our life force, created by God, emanate a light to witness to those that thirst and hunger in their broken places?  Humanity cries in pain and suffering, while yearning for connection and belonging; seeking refuge in a divinely designed purpose.

“We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).  How can we evoke God’s Holy Spirit in us to touch lives with practical and supernatural power?  Power.  Really?  Like in Star Wars movies…The Force?  According to Box Office Mojo, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made $934,898,148 domestically (as of April 5, 2016). The brokers in Hollywood acknowledge it’s the most money a movie has ever made in the United States and Canada.  The movie was a fantasy, a crafted man-made entertainment vehicle for the silver screen.  The ticket’s admission was simply a 2 hour and 15 minute thrill ride for Star Wars fans.  Did anyone leave the theater with any Jedi-forces to challenge the real dark forces of evil that lurk in depression, drug addiction, gender identity, moral family break-down, ruling plutocracy, creeping poverty, rampant terrorist attacks, self-absorbed perversions, and all the world’s problems?  De-nada.  Jedis, Padawans, and Wookiees disappear when the credits roll-up, theater lights rise, and empty popcorn containers are tossed in the trash at the exit door. 

The essence of heavenly supernatural power is rooted in faith of the Holy Spirit, the great I AM, God’s presence within the Soul.  “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).  You either believe in this divine power or you don’t.  The only path for belief is like a child’s faith.  "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).  While I was raised in a Christian home, attended church most of the time, watched my mother devote her musical talents (piano and organ) to the Methodist Church all her life, I didn’t have the conversion prayer until I was 25 years old.  It was a supernatural moment, emotional, and physically draining.  Something had happened.  I knew somewhere in my Soul, without any doubt, that accepting Jesus changed everything forever.  In that spiritual intersection with a divine presence, there was a cleansing because Jesus’ body and blood was shed on a cross for me.  Redemption.  God’s divine design to restore fellowship with man through Calvary. Resurrection.  Christ, the son of Abba Father was re-born for spiritual eternity, which I also inherit upon the death of my fleshly earth suit.  “I want to know the Messiah —what His resurrection power is like and what it means to share in His sufferings by becoming like Him in His death” (Philippians 3:10, International Standard Version).  This is the greatest story ever told; several thousands of years ago; recorded by divine design in the Bible.  It’s my story too.

It’s humbling to keep perspective every day.  I’m just a common sinner, saved by grace.  When I enter trials and suffering, the life of Jesus reminds me He was first a man of the flesh like me.  He mentors The Way through life’s storms, injustices, and fears.  Because I’m grounded in faith, with eternity secured, my spirit’s power is positioned for life to “bring it on”.  We all have a story to write.  The story will reveal a powerless life of Star Wars cosmic fantasy or one purposely aligned with supernatural energy revealed in compassion and charity.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your Soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).

So, I’ll continue to show-up like a vulnerable butterfly doing God’s work.  Through an identity in Christ, there’s eternal hope that I’m divinely designed.  Like a monarch, I will go about God’s purpose to bring His Kingdom to Earth.