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Mary and Martha moments

The biblical story of Mary and Martha is one of the „well known“stories … we find it in Luke 10,38-42

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I tend to be more like Mary. When I have guests I make sure everyone is happy; each guest has everything they need and no one is experiencing any kind of lack. I am pretty sure I missed quite a few good fellowship opportunities. Recently this became very obvious. We sat at the table at home and a worship CD that I like a lot was playing in the background. A song started where I felt God’s presence strongly. I quickly wanted to clean the table. My husband then said, “We can do that later, let’s just soak up this moment of Gods presence.”

I experienced these few moments intensely. Gods presence surrounded me like a comfy blanket. This experience was a real eye opener for me. Often times it’s those little moments – in the midst of our daily lives – where God wants to draw our attention to Him. In that moment I asked myself the question, “How often have I missed a special God encounter because I have been ‘too busy’ with the daily things?”

I wanted to encourage and challenge you to not miss those little moments, listen more carefully when the Holy Spirit tries to get your attention.


The Cake I really don’t like

How do you hear Gods voice?

I always had this mindset that God either only speaks to SUPER spiritual people or that He must speak through a loud thundering voice. But Scripture tells us something different in 1.Kings 19,11-12

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.”

Most of the time He speaks in a gentle, inner voice to our spirit, if we are focused on Him, wanting to hear from Him. I learned a concept of hearing His voice that has helped me a lot to hear His voice, it can be found in Habakkuk 2:

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved.  Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets.”

As most of us I am learning more and more to listen to His voice and DO what it tells me. How does God speak to us? HE speaks in ways we understand it best – through circumstances, through nature, through bill boards along the street, through other people, through His still small voice, through our daily life.

I wanna give you a very practical example. I am working as a Pastry Chef, there are cakes I really like to make and other ones I’d rather avoid as – for some odd reason – I just do not like them at all. Really! Recently God spoke to me to make a certain type of cake – one of the sorts I don’t like. That’s one of those moments where I used to discuss if that could be really God, why would He care about something like that? Well, because HE loves me and He sees things in the future that I don’t see. So, I made that cake and sure enough an order came in for exact that cake. Wow!

That really taught me a lesson, to pay more attention to the little promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is so rewarding, if we are obedient in the little things, He will give us the bigger things. I encourage you, try it out in the next few days, and listen closely to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I promise you, you will be amazed!


Wedding dress shopping with Jesus

Ever since I’ve been a Teenager I loved to dive into the world of weddings with all its glamour and romance. Every now and then I would buy a bridal magazine and loved looking at the various dresses, the wonderful flower arrangements, table decorations and everything else. I began to imagine what my wedding would be like one day. One day I found my absolute dream dress in one of those magazines; I must have been 18 or 19 at the time. I cut the picture out and put it into my Bible to keep it safe and hide it there. From time to time I would take the picture out and take a moment to dream of my wedding and the wonderful dress. After that I would put the picture back to its place.

Quite a few years went by and I was sometimes anxiously wondering if my big day would actually happen at all… And now it is almost here and I’m so happy about this wonderful guy who has been gifted to me by my Father in Heaven.

When Tom proposed to me and we set a date for the wedding I wanted to make sure that one of the first things I took care of was the wedding dress. At the beginning of the year I visited a wedding fair together with a friend of mine who is getting married this year, too. We gathered a lot of ideas and I took a leaflet from one of the booths that advertised wedding dresses.

Bevor I went there for the real appointment, I wanted to go there and have a look how the shop presented itself. It didn’t look very promising. I prayed and asked Jesus to show me in which shop He sees my wedding dress. There are so many bridal shops to choose from and I didn’t really want to run from one to another and try on 100 different dresses, only to find that I still didn’t know which one I liked. I still had this picture of “my dress”. Well, Jesus showed me very clearly that my dress would be found in the not very promising looking store.

To be honest I doubted this and arranged an appointment with another store initially. I went there together with my Mom and took my little picture with me, too. We had only just entered the shop and were almost still on the door step when my enquiry was brushed off with the advice that this kind of style (a dress with arms) is not in fashion at present. Allegedly everyone wants to present their arms and shoulders naked. I was told that I could maybe let a Bolero with the dress. But that didn’t come in line with what I had in mind. At the end of the day it was meant to be “my dress” and the one I would feel the most comfortable in.

We bid the shop farewell and made a spontaneous trip to the other shop which Jesus had shown me and which I didn’t have any hope for at all. We had no agreed appointment with them and it took us a 30 minute trip through Rush Hour traffic to get there. We arrived short before they closed and were asked to take a seat for a moment.

Moments later we were told to go and have a look at the section which presented all the wedding dresses to the customers. It was really very small. And right there it was! “My dress” was hanging there, slightly different than the one on my picture, but it is my dress. I tried it on and love it immediately. We also found the suitable accessories fairly quickly and they fitted very well, too. Both my Mom and the shop assistant were very happy. And the best thing – I had a 30 % Spring discount as well!

This experience has shown me once again that I can trust in Jesus to make everything perfect. Even when I have a different perception of the outward circumstances, His plan is coming together and beginning to work when I trust HIM – HE knows the whole picture!

And now I can’t wait to wear this wonderful dress very soon.


Sing to the LORD a new song

„O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things…

 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” (Psalm 98,1.4)

 

This verse literally hit me the other day. We are very good in singing God the songs we know, the songs that are written down on paper, in songbooks, in hymn books,… we stick to what is written down, some of us sing louder, others prefer not to sing, because someone might have said “You can’t sing”. But what does this scripture tell us?! Right! It is talking about a NEW song! What is a new song? Right! One that has never been there before. You might say, “I am not a singer. I am not a Poet, I am not a writer, etc.” Guess what, the least of us are, BUT, our heavenly Papa LOVES our worship, He loves when we sing to Him our praises, when we love on HIM with our voices, when we thank Him for who He is and what He has done for us.

There are Millions of songs, melodies, rhythms, symphonies in heaven that are just waiting to be downloaded to earth. We are the vessels God wants to use to bring this NEW song, this new sound, the very sound of HEAVEN to earth.

You don’t have to be a perfect singer to sing, all you have to be is an extravagant lover of the most amazing God! I greatly encourage you, just look to Papa God, see His beauty, open your mouth (don’t be ashamed!!!) and let it flow, in the beginning it might sound funny, just let it flow. It’s just like with everything, we learn and grow as we practice …. Start right now. Sing to HIM a new song!

I have so many stories when God invaded my simple worship, I start singing in tongues and soon after words and melodies fill my spirit that are just so heavenly. I LOVE those moments when He invades my worship. When we sing to Him that new song, we often times even prophesy into out very life situations, calling forth the things He already has ready to bless us with. As we sing it out, we release it. Don’t you want ALL HE has for you?!

Be encouraged and start singing to HIM your new song today!

 


How desperate are you?

It’s Pentecost. I remember always wondering what Pentecost is anyways as a kid. When I finally understood it I found it interesting how those “little flames” came on everybody’s heads in the upper room, back on that first Pentecost. And guess what there was no difference between male & female – no pink and blue flames – they were all the same and the Holy Spirit fell on ALL flesh in the same way! This just causes a loud shout of HALLELUJAH right from my spirit. God makes NO difference between Men and Women. We are ALL called by HIS spirit! Wow!

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Acts 2,1-4

 I have been pondering about Jesus disciples the past few days. Have you ever thought about all the things they had to “digest” in those few days. Their beloved Jesus, the Man that taught them EVERYTHING was put to death in the cruelest way ever, they put Him in a grave and while they were still mourning in the Upper Room, Mary came rushing in with the news that an Angel had appeared to her, to tell her that Jesus was resurrected, that He was gone from the grave…Peter rushed there to see it with his own eyes, I guess I would have been doubting what Mary said just like Thomas…. And then while they were walking along the road to Emmaus, chatting away about all that happened in the past days, suddenly Jesus was there with them. I would have been rather confused, I tell you! Can you imagine that? Jesus was with them on the road, then He even ate with them at the Lake …have you ever wondered where that fish went in His resurrected body?!

And then He gave them a big commissioning before he ascended – look it up in Mark 16. Gosh! He even said that His disciples – and us also – would do even greater things than He did?! Jesus! You did the most amazing things ever! How could we do even greater things? We are just Human beings! Wait! Jesus told them to WAIT – He promised them that He was gonna send them the Helper, the Holy Spirit! They didn’t have to do all that from their own strength, that would be impossible anyways. He was gonna send them HIS power through the Holy Spirit. He told them to wait!

Have you ever wondered what the Disciples felt like in those days? They waited in the Upper Room. They knew that Jesus’ promises are true, they got to witness it SO many times. But what if…..?! How long would they have to wait for? What would that Helper look like? How was he gonna come to them? Lots of questions! How would He recognize them? I know, I would have had SO many questions….and Jesus was gone, they could not ask Him anymore. They had to wait….patiently for His promise to be fulfilled.

How are you feeling when God promised you something and you are still waiting for this promise to be fulfilled? Do you trust Him? Are you full of “when?” and “Why do I have to wait to so long?” questions? Believe me, I am SO with you!

You have to be very desperate to trust HIM that He will fulfill ALL that He has promised. He IS faithful, that’s for sure. So, please trust HIM, HE will never let you down nor leave you, HIS word is true and HE will come through with the Promise HE has given you for your life!

I guess the disciples where very surprised with the way the Holy Spirit fell on them. He LOVES to surprise us!

Please, don’t put Him in a box of how you want Him to bless you. Allow Him to bless and fill you the way He wants to, that’s SO much better than our little thinking can imagine! He is BIG and His ideas are plentiful.

Be desperate for HIM, be desperate for ALL He has for you. Let Him fill and refresh you over and over again!

Keep coming Holy Spirit!


Healing for the Fatherland

Today I would like to take you with me and tell you the story of how God has given me a love for our country in place of what used to be thoughts of rejection and a the desire to flee the country as soon as possible:

I grew up in “The East of Germany”, a child of the GDR so to speak. The Berlin Wall came down when I was 10 years old. My family had always believed that there would be a reunion of the two countries and this hope was based on a prophetic word Reinhard Bonnke had received before he went to Africa as an evangelist. Of course no one knew what that would look like.

We had already experienced some wonderful charismatic awakenings back then – in the GDR times – and I was used to experiencing God. I made my decision for Jesus fairly early in life and lived in a close relationship with Him.

When the Berlin wall came down I was convinced in my childlike faith that the two countries had finally united. But 20 years later I find it painful to see how deep the wounds of the separation still are, how much prejudice there still is on both sides and that a lot of Heavenly healing blessing still need to flow. A lot of people from The East have gone to The West, because it looked like the land of milk and honey to them. There were promises of better jobs and higher wages. This led to our part of the country bleeding out of the young people, leaving the elderly behind. There were literally regions where all young people had gone, only the older generations were left behind and hopelessness was spreading.

I didn’t really have an eye for all of that for a long time and all I was concerned about was trying to get away from this nation and go somewhere else in the world. I was looking at various options and when foreign visitors where praising the beauty of Germany I always thought to myself: “Its so much nicer where you come from or in these other countries.” I couldn’t find anything beautiful about Germany. I was so ashamed for Germany’s recent history and was dreading to answer “Germany” whenever someone asked me where I was from.

It was my desire that God would give Revival to Germany and people would receive healing in body, soul and spirit. But I couldn’t find any love for my people inside myself.

Grabbing the first opportunity I went to a school of ministry in Canada. I loved it there; the people and their way of living. I experienced a lot of healing in many areas of my being, but the “well protected wall” around my difficult relationship to Germany kept standing tall until we were sent on to an outreach to the USA for one month. We took part in an intercessory conference there and I thought one of the speakers was very crazy. But one of the sentences she said hit bull’s-eye in my heart and this one sentence has thrown my life upside down and changed me. She said: “If you want to see change in your nation or your city, then you have to stand in the gap for it and pray for it before the Father.” Suddenly, it felt like scales were falling off my eyes and I saw the amount of hate for Germany which I unknowingly carried inside of me and that I had never really prayed for my nation. I broke down in front of the altar und cried my eyes out. I asked God to forgive me for my attitude, gave Him all the hate and asked Him to give me love for my homeland.

When the plane was landing in Germany on my trip back from the school of ministry, when I got off the plane and during the whole car trip home, the beauty of Germany amazed me. For the first time I could see this nation with a passionate love and a fire for our country had been awoken on the inside of me.

I had another key moment 2 months after the school of ministry. I had been writing worship songs for years, but the lyrics were always in English. One day I was worshiping Jesus and He said to me: “If you really want to reach your nation through your songs and for them to lead the people into my presence, they need to be in German.” And again it felt like scales falling off my eyes and I saw how deep the rejection for my nation was rooted. I was even renouncing my mother tongue! I repented once again and ask God to forgive me. And within a few short minutes He gave me a really precious song, which has led many people into His presence since then. Wow! God is so good.

A lot of years have gone by since all of this happened and I’m privileged to experience how God touches our country and gives healing. I also had the privilege to serve alongside many men and women of God from all over the world and to make “my” country palatable to them. J God has replaced the hate with a deep love for our nation. He has also given me a special love and a holy zeal for “The East” with the aim to experience him right here and to make Him known in this area. We have experienced Signs and Wonders here and there, but I’m expecting SO much more. I’m looking forward to how this adventure will proceed. God is good and I have the privilege to experience how He is healing hearts, closing wounds and how He is working reconciliation amongst us. Wow!

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Den deutschen Beitrag findest du hier.


The little chapel in the hills – Die kleine Kapelle in den Bergen

A while ago I was on a Family holiday with my parents and nephews (9 & 10). One day we drove up to this little chapel hidden in the mountains. It belongs to a small monastry. I had been there before and wanted to take my family there, too.

As we entered that chapel no people where there. We strolled through the aisles, looked at the paintings, I stopped in front of the Altar, facing the Altar, I closed my eyes and started singing a worship song, it didn’t take long till I could sense the sweet fragrance of the Holy Spirit filling the room, I sang another song. After a precious time of worship I turned to leave the chapel and was nearly shocked when I saw the pews filled with people listening, enjoying that short time of worship. They must have sneaked in very quietly. As I walked outside some of them nodded there had with a “Thank you” and I was just thankful having been able to spend this time of worship giving them the chance to encounter God.  After all they were tourists wanting to see another sight on their list of things to see. They most probably didn’t expect to encounter God. I didn’t mean to entertain anyone, I was just filling the place with worship, allowing Father God to love on those folks. I hadn’t planned that. It just flew naturally and I just had eyes for my heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. That was so precious!

I got bolder now, worshipping in public places – our praise & worship changes the atmosphere and allows Gods Holy Spirit to come and touch people. When we start worshipping HIM heaven comes down and HE works in situations that we have no answers for, all we have to do is lift up our eyes to HIM, lift up our voices and PRAISE HIM, love on HIM and HE will do the impossible, HE will bring light in situations that seem impossible, HE will heal & restore.

Sometimes it seems too hard to praise, that’s when we speak of a “Praise Offering”, I can tell a number of stories where I just wanted to cry, hide, mourn and be depressive due to situations that where too hard to bear, BUT turning to GOD in those situations and starting to worship him has brought healing – physical & emotional, joy, new life, love, peace,….

Be encouraged, try it out. God LOVES hearing you sing HIM your love song. It doesn’t have to be well known songs, just sing whatever is in your heart, you will be amazed about the well that’s opening up inside of you. And don’t you say “I can’t sing.” YOU CAN! GOD loves to hear your voice!

 

Sing to the Lord a new song;

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name;

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

3 Tell of His glory among the nations,

His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;

He is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

But the Lord made the heavens.

6 Splendor and majesty are before Him,

Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

 

7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name;

Bring an offering and come into His courts.

9 Worship the Lord in holy attire;

Tremble before Him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;

Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;

He will judge the peoples with equity.”

 

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

Let the sea roar, and all it contains;

12 Let the field exult, and all that is in it.

Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy

13 Before the Lord, for He is coming,

For He is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

And the peoples in His faithfulness.

(Psalm 96)

 

 

Vor einer Weile war ich auf Familienurlaub mit meinen Eltern und Neffen (9&10). Eines Tages fuhren wir zu einer kleinen Kapelle, die versteckt in den Bergen gelegen ist. Sie gehört zu einem kleinen Kloster. Ich war früher schon mal da, diesmal wollte ich diesen Schatz meiner Familie zeigen.

Als wir in die Kapelle reingingen, waren wir die Einzigen. Wir spazierten durch das Kirchlein und sahen uns die Gemälde an. Ich blieb vorm Altar stehen und schaute Richtung Altar. Ich schloss meine Augen und fing an ein Anbetungslied zu singen. Es dauerte nicht lange bis ich die Gegenwart des Heiligen Geistes spüren konnte, wie sie den Raum erfüllte. Ich sang ein weiteres Lied. Nach einer kurzen, kostbaren Zeit der Anbetung wandte ich mich um, um die Kapelle wieder zu verlassen. Ich war fast geschockt als ich sah, dass sich die Kirche bis auf den letzten Platz mit Leuten gefüllt hatte, die diese kurze Zeit der Anbetung genossen. Sie mussten sich sehr leise rein geschlichen haben. Als ich die Kapelle verließ, nickten mir manche mit einem „Danke“ zu. Ich war einfach dankbar, diese Zeit der Anbetung zu haben und diesen Menschen eine Chance zu geben, Gott zu begegnen. Schließlich waren sie alle Touristen, die eine weitere Sehenswürdigkeit auf ihre Listen abhaken wollten. Sicherlich erwarteten sie nicht, eine Begegnung mit Gott zu haben. Ich hatte auch nicht vor irgendjemand zu unterhalten oder eine Show abzuziehen. Ich füllte einfach den Raum mit Anbetung und erlaubte Gott diese Menschen zu lieben. Das hatte ich nicht geplant. Es floss einfach ganz natürlich. Ich hatte einfach nur Augen für meinen Vater, Jesus und den Heiligen Geist. Das war so kostbar.

Mittlerweile bin ich mutiger geworden Gott an öffentlichen Orten anzubeten – unser Lobpreis und unsere Anbetung verändern die Atmosphäre und erlauben dem Heiligen Geist zu kommen und Menschen zu berühren. Wenn wir anfangen, anzubeten, kommt der Himmel herab und ER wirkt in Situationen, für die wir keine Antworten wissen. Alles was wir tun müssen, ist unsere Augen zu IHM zu erheben, unsere Stimmen erheben und IHN ANBETEN, IHN lieben, dann wird ER das Unmögliche tun, ER bringt Licht in Situationen die unmöglich erschienen, ER heilt und stellt wieder her.

Manchmal scheint es zu hart, IHN anzubeten, dann sprechen wir von einem „Lobpreisopfer“. Ich kann eine ganze Reihe von Erfahrungen erzählen, wo ich lieber geweint, mich in einer Ecke versteckt, gejammert hätte oder mich depressiv verhalten hätte – aufgrund von Situationen wo alles zu viel war. Aber in dem ich mich in diesen Situationen Gott zu wandte und anfing IHN anzubeten, erlebte ich Heilung – körperlich und emotional, Freude, Neues Leben, Liebe, Frieden, …

Sei ermutigt, versuche es. Gott LIEBT es wenn du IHM deine Liebe in einem Lied ausdrückst. Es müssen keine wohlgeformten Worte sein, singe einfach was Dir aus dem Herzen fließt. Du wirst staunen welche Quelle sich in dir öffnet. Und sag bloß nicht „Ich kann nicht singen.“ Du kannst singen! Gott liebt es deine Stimme zu hören!

 

„Singt dem Herrn ein neues Lied,

singt dem Herrn, alle Welt!

2 Singt dem Herrn, preist seinen Namen,

verkündigt Tag für Tag sein Heil!

3 Erzählt unter den Heiden von seiner Herrlichkeit,

unter allen Völkern von seinen Wundern!

4 Denn groß ist der Herr und hoch zu loben;

er ist furchtbar über alle Götter.

5 Denn alle Götter der Völker sind nichtige Götzen;

aber der Herr hat die Himmel gemacht.

6 Pracht und Majestät sind vor seinem Angesicht,

Stärke und Herrlichkeit in seinem Heiligtum.

7 Bringt dar dem Herrn, ihr Völkerstämme,

bringt dar dem Herrn Ehre und Lob!

8 Bringt dar dem Herrn die Ehre seines Namens,

bringt Gaben dar und geht ein zu seinen Vorhöfen!

9 Betet den Herrn an in heiligem Schmuck;

erbebt vor ihm, alle Welt!

10 Sagt unter den Heiden: Der Herr regiert als König!

Darum steht auch der Erdkreis fest und wankt nicht.

Er wird die Völker gerecht richten.

11 Es freue sich der Himmel, und die Erde frohlocke,

es brause das Meer und was es erfüllt!

12 Es jauchze das Feld und alles, was darauf ist!

Dann sollen alle Bäume des Waldes jubeln

13 vor dem Herrn, denn er kommt,

denn er kommt, um die Erde zu richten!

Er wird den Erdkreis richten mit Gerechtigkeit

und die Völker in seiner Treue.“

(Psalm 96)


Heavenly refreshing – Himmlische Erfrischung

Outside everything is covered in a white layer – snow everywhere, because of the sunshine it`s glittering beautifully – just as if God spreads a carpet of diamonds. I am literally pulled outside into this clear winter morning. So I wrap myself up in warm clothes and walk off on one of my prayer trails, I walk through the Winter Wonderland, enjoy the glorious fresh air and the sun which makes everything so much whiter and brighter – I guess that almost sounds like a detergent advert. I talk to my heavenly Father. I enjoy the quietness in the woods. No street noise, no machines, just Him and I in the midst of HIS creation, He blesses me with. While walking along there I take a look at some pine trees. I am fascinated each year when they carry a thick layer of snow on each branch – for me that’s the sign its real winter. I am tempted to reach out to pull on one of the branches, but I don’t wanna disturb the winterly romantic look.

I keep on walking and while walking by a beech tree I finally do it and pull on one of the branches. I amazed how it suddenly jumps up and does not bend down anymore. While I see this sign in the Natural, the Father speaks the words from Matthew 11, 28 to me:

 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

I can get rid of my heavy loads at His feet and find rest in HIM. When I get rid of the loads that I took on or the ones others dumped on me, then I am able to look forward again, I do not only see problems and needs anymore, but I see JESUS, I see how HE guides me, because I arrived, I found rest in HIM.

 For a while now I have this song in my heart, “Find rest oh my soul, for the Lord is good, find rest, HE is good.”

I decided, I unload my burdens in HIS presence and receive rest and refreshing in HIM.

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 Draußen ist alles weiß – Schnee überall, die weiße Pracht glitzert wunderschön und es ist gerade so, als ob PAPA einen Teppich aus Diamanten ausgebreitet hat. Es zieht mich förmlich nach draußen in den klaren Wintermorgen. Also packe ich mich warm ein und begebe mich auf einen meiner Gebetswege. Ich stapfe durch den winterlichen Wald, genieße die herrlich frische Luft, die Sonne, die alles  noch viel weißer und glänzender erstrahlen lässt – das klingt ja fast wie eine Waschmittelwerbung – und rede mit meinem himmlischen Vater. Ich genieße die Stille des Waldes. Kein Straßenlärm, keine Maschinen, nur Er und ich inmitten Seiner Schöpfung, die er mir zu Füßen legt.

Während ich durch den Wald laufe, betrachte ich die Tannen, es fasziniert mich immer, wenn sie im Winter eine dicke Schneedecke auf jedem Zweig tragen, erst dann ist es für mich „richtig Winter“. Es juckt mich in den Fingern, den einen oder anderen Ast hochschnippen zu lassen, aber ich will die winterliche Romantik nicht zerstören.

 Ich gehe weiter, als ich an einem kleinen Buchenbäumchen vorbei komme, tue ich es doch, ich gebe einem Zweig vorsichtig einen Schubs und staune nicht schlecht wie er sich plötzlich aufrichtet und sich nicht mehr nach unten biegt. Während ich das sichtbar sehe, spricht mein himmlischer Vater die Worte aus Matthäus 11,28 zu mir, 

 „Kommt her zu mir, alle ihr Mühseligen und Beladenen! Und ich werde euch Ruhe geben.“

Ich darf meine Lasten bei Ihm abwerfen und in Ihm Ruhe finden. Wenn ich die Lasten, die ich mir aufgebürdet habe oder die mir von Anderen aufgeladen wurden, abwerfe, dann kann ich wieder nach vorn schauen, ich sehe nicht mehr nur die Probleme und Nöte, sondern sehe Jesus, ich sehe wie er mich führt, weil ich bei Ihm angekommen, ja, zur Ruhe gekommen bin.

 Seit einigen Monaten begleitet mich ein Lied, „Komm zur Ruhe meine Seele, denn der HERR ist gut, komm zur Ruhe, ER ist gut.“

Ich habe mich entschieden, ich lade meine Lasten bei IHM ab und empfange Ruhe und Erquickung durch ihn.

 


Hidden treasures

Like I do every morning on my way to work I walked past this old farm, which has grown derelict over the years as it’s owner has passed away heirless. Part of this farm is a huge garden that must have been very beautiful once. It’s been going to rack and ruin for a few years now and has become a real jungle. Somehow it has become my custom to let my eyes wander across the main house who’s windows are long boarded up, the barn’s portico and let them come to rest at the front garden.

This one morning I unexpectedly had this familiar fragrance in my nose that belonged to a flower I know quite well. I turned around and could not imagine finding anything worth looking at in these solitude surroundings. But I found a bush of common lilac that seemed to bloom despite all the scrub and weeds around it. I took a deep breath full of that subtle fragrance and felt the Lord speak to me.

In the middle of our lives that so often appear to be just like an empty desert without anything worth looking at or paying special attention to; God is still doing something special. We read in Isaiah 43:19: „See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

May we allow ourselves to walk through life with open eyes and pay attention to how our Heavenly Father speaks into our lives, blesses us and fills our desert with new life. How He intervenes in situations that appear to be impossible to get out of, refreshes us with streams of living water and lets us see His beauty in it’s full measure. <><

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