Musings of a Tea Sipper


Christ-follower/Photographer/Enterpreneur

Lead Me to the Cross

A song I sing so often, but rarely contemplate the deep meaning behind it.  

Imagine that you and I were beaten to the depths of our core, our bodies bloodied with open wounds, mocked and ridiculed, forced to carry a wooden cross heavier than our own weight up a place known as “Skull Hill.”

We have been marked for death, to be crucified, nails hammered into our bones and flesh, hanging and bleeding for days.  

That was a fate.

Before the Cross, a blameless man comes and tells the guard that He will hang instead of us.  That in our stead, He will be crucified, so we can be set free.

And he died.  Nailed piece hands and feet.

He died, and was buried in a tomb.

The real story is much more gruesome, and it started long before the Cross.

It is important to remember that all of us were marked for death.  At some point or another, we will die and perish.  Some are led to the cross early and some live longer, but every one of us will walk towards death.

However, the beautiful thing about this story is that Jesus defeated death.  For those who believe, death is but a passing chapter and we will eventually be lifted into paradise, into the arms our Savior.

Apostles Paul says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

How blessed are we that our God loves us.


Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.
— 出典:Philippians 2:14

I’ve just finished watching Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  It is my favorite book of the Narnia series.  While the movie missed many details from the original story, it did a good job of capturing the moral of the tale: temptations will lead us away from the purpose of our lives.  If we give in to them, it could cost us our lives.

In the movie, those temptations manifest as the “green mist.”  It can change form, whisper things, and promises whatever the heart desires.  It can even manifest into one’s greatest fears.  As the heroes of the story travel through the land of Narnia on their quest, they encounter the remains of fallen kings that have bought into the lies of the mist - many of them dead, three in an eternal sleep, and one driven to madness.

Lucy, Edmond, Eustace, and Caspian, the main characters of the story, encountered temptations of their own.  Lucy almost cast a spell that wished away her existence because she wanted to be her sister so badly.  The mist promised to make her whoever she wishes to be.  Edmond, tempted by the promise of riches and power, almost killed Caspian.  Eustace, hoarded a dragon’s treasures, and turned into a dragon himself.  All of them were saved from destruction, by the power or influence of Aslan, who is essentially God in the Narnian world.

Watching this movie was a good reminder to myself that every day, there are advertisement, companies, and people that will make many promises to make us more beautiful, more successful, more desirable, more famous, more rich, more happy, but all of those things lack true substance - once achieved, they bring nothing but emptiness.

Only God can give us what we truly desire from the depths of our hearts, and that desire is for Himself - to be in His presence, and to enjoy Him with the people we hold dear to us.  Nothing else will suffice except the love of our lord Jesus Christ.

spiritualinspiration:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord! Many people today might find it difficult to see themselves as “good” in the eyes of God, but did you know that in the original Greek, this word means “strong” like a warrior? In other words, when you stand strong, when you are willing to fight the good fight of faith, you are giving God something to work with. He is ordering your steps. He’s making a way when there seems to be no way. He’s clearing a path for you, and He is delighting in you. That means He is pleased with your attitude of courage. He is pleased that you are taking a stand for what is right. He is pleased that you are putting Him first place and relying completely on Him.

Remember, God loves your passion for Him. He loves it when you come boldly to His throne of grace. He is honored when you stand and fight the good fight of faith. If you are facing difficulty today, know that God wants to lift you up and give you His strength. Receive it by faith today. Dig your heels in knowing that He is ordering your steps; and when God is leading you, He’s always leading you in the path of victory!

Mysterious

A magazine once said that in a relationship, it’s good to keep some the mystery alive to make things more interesting. God kind of takes that to the extreme, but I am delighted and find myself surprised by joy when He unveils new and miracoulous things.

The more I learn…the more It becomes clear that I know nothing.

But that’s what makes life exciting and not stale.

Obscurity

Writing for no one and not to please any one.  It feels good that my name isn’t attached to this blog even if my face is through my profile picture.  

Sometimes it just feels good to write without wondering what people will think or say.  Having little filter of the thoughts and words and just pouring out the inner chaos.  Social media drains me, and a little bit of solitude, a little bit of obscurity like this tumblr…is a really good thing.