Kairos, a fitting season, windows of His opportunities

Good Monday Morning to the week 17 of 2017

Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time (Kairos)  of the harvest. Matth. 13.30a

The Bible uses the word Kairos in several places in the New Testament. When the people of Israel were confronted with Jesus’ life-changing message, they had an opportunity (a Kairos) and a responsibility to respond appropriately. Similarly, when Jesus called James and John to follow Him, they had a window of opportunity—would they leave all and follow Christ, or would they stay with their fish nets?

Window of opportunity, as Isaiah says;
Seek the Lord while He may be found call on while He is near.

Rahab used her window to help the Jewish spies escape to safety; then from that same window was placed a scarlet cord which God honored to save her and her family she realized there was no future for her in Jericho. Paul, through a window he was let down in a basket; to continue on in God’s will. Elisha also prayed that it not rain (shut window), then 3 years later he prayed that God would open the windows of heaven, and it rained. Daniel prayed with his window open in spite of undesired consequences. Noah at the precise time, the window of the Ark was opened and specific birds were let out. In doing so, Noah came to understand that the time of a new beginning on a dry earth was at hand. Malachi, the prophet, informs us that we should try God. In this specific case, with our tithes, and God Himself will open to us the windows of heaven, sending you more than you can contain. The windows of heaven further opened 3 for Jesus, at his baptism, transfiguration, and shortly before Calvary. The window of heaven opened for Stephan, for Peter at the housetop and for John at Patmos.

There seems to be a pattern here, a pattern of renewed and repeated Grace of God,  for specific Kairos moments and windows of His opportunities, in His time, for and with us.

John 4:35; Say ye not, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes (take a good, hard look out the window), and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

I wish you these Kairos moments, I pray for them, for exactly these windows of His opportunities to come to pass, this coming week.

Be blessed with open windows!
Philemon

Engraved on His hands!

Good Monday Morning to the week 16 of 2017

Upon the palm of my hands I have written you name. Isaiah 49:16

Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”
Then he showed them his hands and side. John 20:20

We are engraved upon His heart, this is to show His love!
We are put upon His shoulders, this is to show His strength!
We are engraved upon His hands, to show He will work
and show Himself strong for His people!

The palm of the hand is the seat of strength, the instrument of work; and so, if Zion’s name is written there, that means not only remembrance, but a molding and directing all the work that is done by the hand that bears the name inscribed upon it. “God holds out the mighty Hand which works all things, and says to His children: ‘Look, you are graven there’-at the very fountain-head, as it were, of the divine activity. Which, being turned into plain English, is just this, that for His Church as a whole, He does move amidst the affairs of nations.

The same truth applies to us individually. ‘All things work together’; they would not do so, unless there was one dominant Will which turned the chaos into a cosmos. Thus, because my name is graven on the palms of the mighty Hand that does all things, therefore ‘all things work together for HIS good.’

If we could but carry that quiet conviction into all the mysteries, as they sometimes seem to be, of our daily lives, and interpret everything in the light of that great thought, how different all our days would be! How far above the petty anxieties and cares and troubles that gnaw away so much of our strength and joy; how different would our lives be, and how in the darkest darkness there would be His light, not only of hope for a distant future, but of confident assurance for the present.

For there is no distance that is far enough to chill the divine love, or to erase us from the divine remembrance.
“MacLaren Commentary”

We are therefore forever “captivated” by His hands for he has said:
I have graven thee on the palms of My hands.

Wow! Every, even the seemingly smallest details of the Easter story,
carry a deep and unchangeable promise of God!

Wishing you a blessed week; in His hands!

Philemon

Three Constants

Good Monday Morning to the week 15 of 2017

change, choice, principles
sowing , growth, renewal
paradox, humour, change

The other day we started sharing the easter story to some kids
coming from Syria. When we got to the point of death and crucifixion
the called halt! STOP! No more of that, we’ve seen too much.
Yes, so we got together and said – yes we can stop, there is so much more
to easter! We’ll just get to that other approach.

Back to the constants. Today I especially like the two constants;
Paradox and growth!
A “paradox” is defined as a seemingly self-contradictory
declaration but is in fact true.

There are several interesting paradoxes found in the Bible:

Exaltation through humility.
Strength through weakness.
Receiving through giving.
Freedom through servitude.
Gaining through losing.
Living through dying.
Finding through losing.

 “I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds”.

The vital principle in the corn, the germ, forces itself out; thus the corn is no longer of use, and can decay. The life of the corn which has not fallen into the earth remains limited and bound to itself, without the possibility of unfolding of life outwards. The life of the corn which dies in the earth through the bursting forth of the living germ, and in this way, through the parting produces much fruit. During germination the cells resume metabolic activity and undergo division and expansion. During seed germination there are five steps of change occurring. Imbibition, respiration, effect of light on seed germination, mobilization of reserves and development. Really simply said; The wheat grain is really a fruit, containing one seed! Germinating wheat grains at two, three and four days after imbibition, is adapted then thrust its way through the soil to find the surface. The seedling roots quickly anchor the grain in the soil.

The more I look into this process the less paradox I see, actually, there is none at all. The whole process of Easter is an absolutely perfectly planned and orchestrated process of the seed of God being planted and put through “germination”, then bursting forth to the new life! This a unique process of multiplication not only Jesus the “Son of Man” could again, only be the “Son of God” but we all could become“Children of God”. Logos incarnate, newly created life in the hearts of man, the seedling thrust through the surface to grow with new roots anchored in the new fruit, the bread of life!

This is another approach to the amazing narrative of the Jesus our King and the breakthrough that happened at Easter.

Wishing you a blessed last week of Lent and a great start to the Easter weekend!  Philemon

 

A Wind in the House of Islam (D.Garrison)

Good Monday morning to this week 14 of 2017

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit John 3:8

Unlike the empty offerings of Communism or secular atheism, Christ touched a deep place in their soul that nothing else had ever filled.” D. Garson

Thanks David, for telling me about this book! David Garrison says; Something is happening in the Muslim world, something unprecedented in history. Over the past 14 centuries, Islam has forged a ‘spiritual empire’ that stretches from West Africa to Indonesia. Today, the Dar al-Islam or “House of Islam,” as Muslims call their religious community, counts more than one in five persons on earth. Over the centuries of Muslim-Christian interaction, tens of millions of Christians have been assimilated into the Muslim world, but what about the opposite? Have there been any reciprocal movements — more than individuals, but rather entire Muslim communities — who have come to faith in Christ? Can you hear it? A wind is blowing through the house of Islam. Muslims around the world are becoming followers of Jesus.

We read in John 3:8 of a principle; that flesh produces flesh, and spirit, spirit. And so, applying that principle, God says here, not as might be expected, he doesn’t say: So is the work of the Divine Spirit in birthing and giving new life in us, rather; So is he that is born of the Spirit. There are three things brought into relation with one another: the physical fact; the operations of the Spirit of God, of which that physical fact in its various characteristics may be taken as a symbol; and the result of its operations in the new man who is made ‘after the image of Him that created him.’ Such is the power and efficacy of the Holy Spirit in the renewed man. As another commentary says: We being born again, not by corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth.

I am blessed to see and hear, how again it’s being said and seen and confirmed, God is on the move and it’s not about us, it’s all about Him. He is slowly but surely rebuilding His terrain with methods that reach far beyond easy reason or explanation.

Blessings to this new week!

Philemon

 

Melencolia, Melancholia, Wistfulness

Good Monday morning to this week 13 of 2017

Why art thou downcast o my soul and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 43:5

Going through the Underlinden Museum at Colmar, a picture caught my attention. It was the picture: Melencolia I, an engraving by the German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer. It is an allegorical composition which has been the subject of many interpretations. One interpretation suggests the image references the “depressive” or melancholy state and accordingly explains various elements of the picture.

Melancholia also wistfulness, from unhappy, gloomy but also containing wist: intent. Melancholy was one of the four temperaments suggesting that there are four fundamental personality types, sanguine (enthusiastic, active, and social), choleric (short-tempered, fast, or irritable), melancholic (analytical, wise, and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful). Most formulations include the possibility of mixtures of the types. In the 19th century, “melancholia” could be physical as well as mental, and melancholic conditions were classified as such by their common cause rather than by their properties. Melancholia was described as a distinct disease with particular mental and physical symptoms in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. It was characterized with “fears and despondencies, if they last a long time” as being symptomatic of melancholia. When a patient could not be cured of the disease it was thought that the melancholia was a result of demonic possession.

During the later 16th and early 17th centuries, a curious cultural and literary cult of melancholia arose in England. In an influential 1964 essay in Apollo, the art historian Roy Strong traced the origins of this fashionable melancholy to the thought of Ficiono, who replaced the medieval notion of melancholia with something new: He transformed what had been regarded as the most calamitous of all the humors into the mark of genius. Small wonder that eventually the attitudes of melancholy soon became an indispensable adjunct to all those with artistic or intellectual pretentions.

I now take a huge jump back to the psalm and ask myself: Could the situation of having a downcast soul or of being disquieted, be related or leading us to the release of spiritual creativity called “Hope”. Hope as in; to wait, to expect, to anticipate, to welcome, to trust, that which one confides in, to relying on, to anticipate with pleasure? Maybe “health of our countenance of our God” comes through God allowing the state of disquiet and melancholia to release again and again His Hope!

Wishing you a week of great reflection and many finding of His Hope!

Philemon