It never ceases to amaze me how many excellent analogies are out there awaiting our notice, and how timely some of them can be.
Once again something landed in my inbox and for the umpteenth time I thought, I have to share this! And here it is:
Sometimes when we purchase a few apples and we take them home to enjoy we may find that one of the apples does not look the same as the other apples. Our first bet is to throw it out, basing it on it’s bruises. But if we only take a moment to cut it open we would realize how perfect the inside is. You see, we are all so different in our outside appearances, but most times we need to look through our hearts, and not through our eyes.
Especially if the apple is bruised inside…
Last Sunday I described the Holy Spirit as an unseen force, the analogy being the wind.
It was brought to my attention that a better description would perhaps have been…a power, a presence, a person…and I totally agree because I also think of Spirit in these terms.
It was suggested that “the force” was often connected to the movie, Star Wars’ “May The Force Be With You.” Funnily enough, I likened “The Force” as the Holy Spirit. As it turns out, the makers of Star Wars were trying to inject some spirituality into the movie to get people to think about God in some way, “the force” being their way of a subliminal message. (I gleaned this from researching the word “force”.)
Among the meanings for the word “force” in The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary are:
strength or energy, especially of an exceptional degree
capacity to persuade or convince.
Because I have always thought of Holy Spirit as a powerful force in my life, who has persuaded and convinced me of many things, I wrote about Him that way without taking into consideration the way others see Him.
And so I stand happily corrected and thankful to my teachers for another lesson learned.
In relationships, many of us struggle to deal with the idiosyncrasies of our significant other. We sometimes overreact to little things that are part of our partner’s nature and fail to see our own faults that could be just as irritating to our spouse. This sometimes leads to a diminishing of feelings on the part of one or the other parties…or maybe both. When this happens a little more love is called for…not less. It isn’t conducive to a good relationship to live with hurting hearts; it is necessary to accept each other’s individuality and recognize the need to apologize when necessary.
BUT WHEN WE DO
Is to love those more
who love us less,
the answer to
Love heals all things,
the pain subsides,
though tears at times
still touch our eyes.
Help us, Lord,
to learn from pain,
that we may not
cause hurt again.
But when we do,
may we be wise
and brave enough