Caught up… and couldn’t resist

20 03 2010


couldn’t resist

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

“Couldn’t Resist”… that’s the name of this photo. I couldn’t resist taking it, and I couldn’t resist blogging it for today. Back to Isaiah, again, Isaiah 43:20… “The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert”. Ok, so it’s not an ostrich, it’s an emu. But emus are also big birds, like the ostrich. This is one of the two emus that lives behind us. I love watching them, photographing them… and I can’t help thinking, when I see these funny creatures, that God has a sense of humor. And creativity. To imagine these creatures “honoring” God is a bit strange… but I wonder what that would look like, and if they are right now, and we just don’t know what that looks like?
I don’t know. But I couldn’t resist…





“Catch-Up”: Friday…. anointing…?

20 03 2010



anointing…?

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

Ok, so the funny thing is.. I took this photo thinking that Mary poured oil on Jesus’ feet… costly oil.. OIL..! Oops. Of course, she poured costly perfume on his feet! Hello. I knew that.
But, the photo is of oil. And since I didn’t realize until after midnight that I took the wrong photo, here it is, anyhow.
Some of these oils are expensive. Some aren’t. Some are used for cooking. Some are used rarely in cooking–only because the cooking that involves them is rarely done. But I think I understand the feeling of pouring something expensive out, perhaps wasting it.. on something like… oh, I don’t know… someone’s feet? It sounds wasteful. And yet, there’s another funny thing here. Jesus saw Mary’s act as worshipful, extravagantly worshipful. Mary anointed his feet…

Anointing is an act of consecration, setting apart.. or an act of faith that someone might be made well. Or the consecration of the chosen one.. The shepherd boy David, for instance, was anointed when chosen as the next king. Mary anointing Jesus–I’m thinking it was to express praise and thanksgiving towards The Holy One.

I might not choose to pour oil/perfume over what symbolizes Jesus Christ to me. But what else can I do to express praise and thanksgiving towards my Savior?





“Catch-Up”: Thursday… filled with laughter

20 03 2010


filled with laughter

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

Psalm 126:1-3: “When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.”

“our mouth was filled with laughter”. Kajsa is often filled with laughter. And her laughter often fills me with laughter.. even if I don’t feel like laughing. Often, I say. Because there are times when she’s simply stalling from doing what we’ve asked her to do. But mostly, Kajsa’s laughter is contagious. And it reminds me of what restoration feels like–restoration thanks to God’s work, God reversing fortunes.. God doing great things for us. Where does that leave those who don’t know this feeling? or feel this, when things are going better? Sometimes laughter is possible, but mostly it’s discouraging, when others get to laugh from the pure joy they experience.. and when some aren’t able to share that.

What’s the answer? I don’t know. I’ve been in both positions. And of course I prefer the laughing, because of God doing what I consider to be great things in my life, or the lives of others. Of course. But I also am discouraged at the amount of continued chronic pain that others (and myself, at times) experience…. how long, O God? How long until they, too get to be filled with laughter…?





“Catch-Up”: Wed…do not remember

20 03 2010


do not remember

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

Isaiah 43:18.. “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old…”
God is about to do a new thing. That’s verse 19. God’s doing a new thing.. that’s what I have been told time and time again. Not necessarily by God, but by others. And I have told it to others as well. Well-meaning, of course.. it’s all well-meaning. But when reality hits, it isn’t that helpful to one’s situations. Yet I also take comfort in these words, spoken through the prophet Isaiah so many years ago.
Not remembering is so hard. Impossible, sometimes. Impossible to forget the pain of the past, especially unresolved situations. But even in these times, when I let God speak to me, instead of only the well-meaning thoughts of others, I can see that God is working on doing a new thing in my life, in the lives of those I love… and God is always working in and through me to help me to not focus on what’s behind, but to focus on the new things ahead. (please note: I don’t mean to suggest that we never need to deal with the past. But rather that we deal with it with the help of God, so that we can move forward.)