48 Belief

We spoke on Faith in blog 10, January 2012. As I said in that blog, faith (belief) helps us to receive healing from God. We need to believe what God promises us and receive it in faith. Recent events brought the import of faith to our attention. Last summer, Marguex reflected on John 14-17. An idea Jesus repeats to his disciples there is, “And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.”

Recently, we experienced encouraging events which stimulated our faith. We were sick at the time, and that was just after having returned from a house and dog-sitting trip to my sister’s home. We had packed bags sitting in our bedroom.

While Marguex lay in bed, she took off her earrings. One of the backs fell out of her hand and bounced off her shoulder onto the floor. These earrings came from an expensive set I bought her as an extended wedding present (necklace for our first Christmas as a married couple, one earring for the anniversary of when we were engaged and the other earring for her birthday). Marguex treasures this set. The back is a screw on so that she doesn’t lose the earrings. We searched all around the bed, under it, on the side table, moving things aside, looking on and between several layers of covers. At the time Marguex had in her mind, “I’ll never find it.” I prayed and looked some more. It was late, and I said I wanted to give up for the night and look the next day.

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.” Luke 15:8-9

The next day brought more frustration. This disheartened Marguex because she has lost a precious claddagh ring since moving to Missouri and these earrings were particularly dear to her. She doubted we would find the back rendering the earrings relatively unusable. God then called a lesson to her mind, pray while applying Philippians 4:8ff to God in her heart, “whatever is true, He loves me; whatever is noble, He would want me to find my earring back—I mean, after all, didn’t Jesus have a whole parable on a woman searching for her lost coin”. So she asked the Father in Jesus’ name this time believing that He would actually like to help us find it. She then asked me to pick up the suitcases. I lifted them up, and there was the backing! The earring back had been on the other side partially underneath the soft sided bag five feet away from where Marguex had seen it drop off her shoulder.

If you love someone you…will always believe in him, always expect the best from him. 1 Corinthians 13:7 TLB

Yesterday, on our Quiet Times for Couples calendar by H. Norman Wright we saw the above verse which gave us new insight. Can this verse apply to how we view God?! Three months ago we heard a sermon which led us to an interesting article on faith by Rich Nathan. It describes three types: 1) saving faith, 2) persevering faith and 3) mountain-moving faith. We receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior with saving faith. Through the struggles in life when doubts about God surface, we hold onto Him with persevering faith. We pray and believe God will act with mountain-moving faith (from Matthew 17:20). I could say Marguex had earring-moving faith!

Relying on His goodness,

Noah & Marguex Woodrich

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47 Metaphor

It has been a month. Good to be back.

God wants relationship with us. We are clay in His hands. Yet He does not just want conformity; He wants dialog. He speaks to us in His word. The Bible reduced to theology is dry and boring. Metaphor, story, beauty and music bring theology to life. He uses pictures to speak to our hearts. For example, in the last post on the plate analogy, Christ was portrayed as “Rock”. (I Pet. 2:4-8)

Some examples of metaphor in the Bible include: baptism and communion, cross, dove, milk and honey, rainbow, oil and water, wind, rain, fire, door, gate, sheep and shepherd, potter and clay, friend, lover, bride and bridegroom, stars and sand, throne, river, gold, the body as a temple, the temple as a Body. The list goes on and on…

Christian artists have experiences with God’s creation. They create expressions of how their hearts have been touched to bring the awe of their experiences to others. These expressions enhance our experience of worshiping God and help us to feel closer to Him. Christian art is metaphor.

We use our God given imaginations to capture the meanings behind metaphors. What does God use to speak truth into your life? Perhaps you imagine Jesus knocking at the door or you see in your mind’s eye His Word as a two-edged sword. God uses metaphors to speak a deeper truth. When Marguex was a child, she would look at the cross on the front wall of the sanctuary. She could see in the way the lighting hit the back wall the body of Christ in shadow form. This was before she knew of discussions of Christ being depicted on or off the cross. All she knew at the time was His presence and His work of taking her place. And she was grateful and comforted. Therefore, with our imaginations we can experience, not simply think about the meaning God speaks to us.

The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. It was a hand breadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths. 2 Chronicles 4:4-5

God abhorred the golden calf of Exodus because the Israelites were defying Him and chose to replace Him with this idol. The calf was a raised fist saying to God, “We don’t need You because You do not act fast enough.” In contrast, the bulls holding the bath depict the patience of very strong creatures waiting on God Who Himself demonstrates tremendous strength and patience. Imagery in its non-idolatrous form exhibits the majesty and beauty of our Maker to Whom we look for strength and guidance. Imagery which is idolatrous points us away from God.

We need reminders of our faith. “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) Do we have things which remind us daily of God’s wonder working power? Perhaps the above list of Biblical metaphors will open our eyes and hearts to see how the heavenly Father wants to speak to us. His language of metaphor speaks love to our hearts.

Looking for His metaphors,

Noah & Marguex Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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