Joyous praise lifted as Jesus entered Jerusalem.
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” He (Jesus) replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:39-40).
Jesus affirms for us here that all of creation praises Him.
Rocks praising. People praising. Pharisees complaining, doubting.
As He (Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it (Luke 19:41).
Can you feel His grief in contrast to the glory His followers were giving Him?
Jesus in His humanness revealed a range of emotions, demonstrated multi-tasking, and though He did not always wield His power, it never left Him.
Here in this life, you and me. We have what Jesus has. A range of emotions, an ability to handle more than one earthly task at a time, and His power.
Truly, I tell you these seashells have been speaking to me. Not in the literal sense. Since we have been home from the beach, I studied them. As I did so, I felt a nearness to Christ: if my heart is sad, will these shells cry?
Most of you who have read this blog awhile know I began to follow Jesus a short six years ago.
Before I knew what it meant to be filled up with His Spirit, my soul had holes, holes that led to a dark abyss, holes that echoed lies you will always be alone, nobody wants you, nobody loves you. The thing about holes in your soul … when you don’t know Christ, you stuff them, try with all your fear-full might to shut the gap, stop the echo, forget about the pain.
God has given me eyes to “see” and ears to “hear” others’ soul-holes.
Empty. Alone. Hope is a clinging or none.
If you can relate to these shells, these words, please reach out to me for prayer or the 24 hour hotline 1-800-273-8255.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
Lord, what do we who are left have to learn from those who went before us?
Whole shells. Once occupied by breath and life. Whole shells preserved in His glory … after a lifetime of tossing about in His sea, thrashing in the powerful swoosh of the waves, perhaps running away from predators.
Only Jesus makes us whole … when … we die. No matter how strong our faith on earth, we still are made of flesh, where spiritual battles eventually take their toll.
Therefore do no lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that is far beyond comparison (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).
One day, we will sing with His angels in heaven. What a day that will be!
Yet … we are not forsaken.
Angels on earth. Dressed in white. In the Bible, we meet them in the sky, on the ground, even in dreams.
When Braedon brought me this shell, he said, “it’s translucent, Mom.” I immediately thought of His angels.
In his book Angels: Ringing Assurance We Are Not Alone, Billy Graham reminds us …
“the Bible indicates angels are more often invisible to human eyes. Whether visible or invisible, however, God causes angels to go before us, to be with us, and to follow after us. All of this can be fully understood only by believers who know that angelic presences are in control of the battlefield about us, so that we may stand with complete confidence in the midst of the fight (Romans 8:31)”.
A picture of victory. Angels, trumpets, peace, goodness …
Holy, holy, holy.
Don’t delay. Call upon His angels and angel army for any type of need. Though we will one day hear the glorious angel chorus that may lull our souls to peace, His angels are tougher and smarter than us right now. A blessed supernatural resource for His chosen. Thank You, Lord, for the gift of angelic protection and for sending angels to minister to those who will receive salvation. Hallelujah!
Remember, it is not only angels who bear Good News, it is our call to do so (Matthew 28:19-20).
These “feet” (see shells below), the miles they have walked, the invites to Jesus they have talked.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7).
Oh how I pray this is my legacy, not of me but of Him.
That our sons grow strong in Christ, that our grandchildren want Jesus in their innocent but sinful hearts at a young age, that our world is less about its ruler and more about the truth of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior … that all who call on His name shall be saved.
Saved from what, you ask?
Saved from ourselves, saved from self-destruction.
Saved from the enemy who wants to steal your soul. Satan exists only to tear us away from God. There is nothing good or truthful in his trickery, in his cunning, in his schemes. The frightening fact of the matter is if you do not accept Jesus into your heart, believing He died on the cross and rose again in 3 days … satan is your master who will tighten his grip, leading you on a trip to eternal hell.
Jesus saves. Jesus lives. Jesus never leaves or forsakes those who love Him.
May our walking and our talking be Kingdom-worthy. May the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to Him. May we each be a spark as His Gospel fire spreads to the ends of the earth.
May our praise rise over that of the rocks.
May we deepen our roots into Christ Himself, Our Lord, Our Rock:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock (Matthew 7:24).
Thank you for joining me on this beach journey. I was in awe of how many shells we found that were whole, considering a hurricane had blown through leaving behind storm remnants all week.
These shells will now become part of my larger collection from the past several years. I have a vision to decorate a future bathroom with them. Not this house. The next one, wherever God leads us.
Feel free to let me know how this post helped you, how God spoke to you, or what He has done recently in your life.
Have a beauty-full rest of this given day.
Love in Christ,