4 Questions That Could Transform Your Walk with God

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1. What changes would we make to our lives if we sought the Lord with all of our hearts? 

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:29-30

God provides for His children. Jesus tells us what we should be focused on:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

When we seek the Lord with all our hearts, we will find Him, and He will supply all our needs.

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2. How would our lives change if we prayed to behold the beauty of the Lord each morning, each afternoon, each evening?  

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4 butterfly and Christian transformations

 

“Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24-25

I had the privilege of watching five caterpillars over three days. I spotted them eating my flowers. I have many flowers in my yard and take great pride in them. Yet, I was glad to share a few flowers with these beautiful creatures. In turn, they let me capture their amazing movements on camera. Every morning, I talked with them; I know, one-sided conversations can be perceived as silly. I enjoyed our early morning conversations, though. When I came home in the evening, they’d be fatter and longer, but oh, so graceful and beautiful.

This morning, one was still munching flowers, but a few hours later, he was not to be seen.

I looked deep in the bed of the plant to see if I could see cocoons, but I was unable to find them. I’m hoping that in a few weeks, I’ll see colorful butterflies flying around the flowers.

Four transformations in a butterfly’s life

Did you know that there were four transformations in the butterfly’s life?

  1. Egg. The butterfly lays tiny eggs on leaves.
  2. Caterpillar. The egg hatches, and the caterpillar eats the leaf. My caterpillars graduated to eating flowers.
  3. Chrysalis. The caterpillar spins a web-like chrysalis around its body and rests, as it transforms into a butterfly.
  4. Butterfly. Slowly, a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. It rests for awhile, and then, it flies away.

Four transformations in a Christian’s walk

You might say that Christians have four transformations in their Christian walk.

  1. New creation. Once a person accepts Jesus as His Savior, he dies to himself and lives to Christ, Galatians 2:20. He becomes a new creation in Jesus, 1 Corinthians 5:17.
  2. Baby in Christ. As new Christians, we long for the milk of the pure Word of God, 1 Peter 2:2.
  3. Mature in Christ. As we feed on the Word of God and trust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we practice what we learn, and we are able to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:14
  4. Like God. One day, we shall see God as He is, and we will be like Him, in all His beauty, holiness, and glory, 1 John 3:2.

I’m looking forward to spending eternity exploring the tiny marvels and great works of art that God has created. He is such an artist!

I’m looking forward to meeting Job’s Leviathan and Behemoth. I’m looking forward to petting a lion as he eats straw.

In the meantime, I’ll watch for the butterflies, hummingbirds, occasional eagle,Caterpillar - 1 and doves.

 

My prayer

Father, Your creation delights me. Thank You, for the beautiful creatures, fragrant flowers, and varieties of landscapes, waters, and heavens. There is beauty all around me just waiting to be discovered. Help me to see Your world through Your eyes. Help me to listen to Your world through Your ears. Help me to understand and share Your world with others. I praise You and delight in You. Amen.

Please share in the comments section the small and great wonders you are delighting in.

Music in Rome Airport

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In 2007, the world-class violinist Joshua Bell, played for tips in a Washington, D.C. subway during the rush hour. He was curious if anyone would notice the quality of his performance. People walked by him, rushing off to their destinations.

In 2014, he showed up at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station with young musicians, this time, to a packed crowd awaiting the performance. No rushing this time.

History, art, religion, and music permeate the Italian atmosphere–ready to delight those who will stop to notice. Recently, Keith and I were waiting at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy to return home.

I noticed a beautiful grand piano roped off on three sides in the middle of the terminal. A young man was sitting close by focused on his cell phone.

A woman noticed the piano and sat down. She began playing a classical piece from memory. For about 20 minutes, I watched the man focused on his cell phone. I watched travelers talk, look around, and rush past the pianist. I watched the group I was with continue to talk, laugh, and text.

I watched this young woman completely absorbed in her music.

I listened. I shared her creation with her. I enjoyed.

She ended elegantly. I walked over to her and clapped. I thought someone else would join me in clapping. No one joined me. She looked up, smiled, stood, fingers still on the piano keys, and smiled again. I clapped again. She took a few steps, turned and smiled again. I continued to clap.

In the to-and-fro of this busy international airport, the two of us shared the joy of her music and the exchange of smiles that summed up the delight of shared moments.

Ears to hear

Repeatedly, Jesus urged His followers to hear Him, “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” Vine’s Dictionary indicates that the word for “ear,” οὖς, means the “faculty of perceiving with the mind … understanding and knowing.”

His followers were listening to Him. But Jesus was asking them to stop and really listen to Him, to absorb His truth, and to follow His instruction.

T.S. Eliot wrote about experiencing a moment but missing the meaning. He wrote about the music hanging silently in the air.

God has instructed His children to meditate upon His Word, His precepts, His works. That takes time.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:12

I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands. Psalm 143:5

What if we were to stop when we see the heavens declaring the glory of God and meditate on God’s artistry?

What if we were to stop and meditate on one verse of Scripture throughout the day?

What if we were to stop and admire a painting or a melody, and really ponder its meaning, absorb its beauty?

What if we were to stop and really listen to another person?

What if …

My prayer

Father, make me sensitive to the moments when I need to stop rushing and absorb the meaning of a moment. Creator of the Universe, You have created a world filled with beauty, and it all points to Your magnificent glory. Stop me in my tracks and show me Your glory. I love You, LORD!

What’s your prayer?