Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hidden Treasure - BLACK SHELLS

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’
Matthew 22:37-38

It’s black. This particular morning’s walk follows a blistery nor’easter. My quest was to evaluate the extent of erosion the fragile sand dunes on Kitty Hawk beach received from the raging wind and waves. Instead a surprising discovery of piles upon piles of black shells sparked me to inquire. My research generates a strange hypothesis. The shells are from Iceland. Much of the volcanic island would be a native habitat for black sea creatures. In order to not stand out to predators such as birds and small turtles the darker colored mollusks would congregate near the newly formed earth. The deep ocean Labrador Current pushes the shells south along the eastern continental shelf. In conjunction with a normal upwelling and violent storm the black shells found themselves washed up on the barrier beach off the coast of North Carolina - OBX. My recent family vacation to the same beach reminded me of the morning I discovered the piles.

I’m a black shell washed up from a distant shore. In a divine season of my life I had the pleasure to commune with a body of Christ followers who modeled for me what it means to love God with all their heart, mind and soul. They illustrated through loving community, intimate worship and deep study how to connect their everyday life with the passionate pursuit of Christ. My husband swept in and carried me off from my remote mountain community to the city of Phoenix. I still carry my black color. Today I begin to share electronically with you what I learned individually. I pray you join me on this journey to connect your everyday life with an all-consuming, magnificent obsession with Jesus Christ.  

This first blog entry is in dedication to my band of black shell brothers and sisters in Christ who like me are washing up on distant shores sharing their love of Christ to people fiercely independent yet craving to be connected to God. I am very thankful for each of you. May God bless your journey! I will forever be reminded of your love – for me and for Christ.


As I ask myself the question, “How does my love for God permeate to the inner parts of my heart, mind and soul?” I never tire of reading these scriptures:

___ Psalm 139:ALL. I am wonderfully made and known personally by the creator.
___ Ezekiel 36:25-26. I am washed clean of my impurities and given a new heart and a new spirit. I no longer have a heart of stone.
___ Isaiah 43:1&7. I am uniquely crafted and summoned to bring glory to God.
___ 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. In my frailty I am made strong by the power of the Holy Spirit in me.   
___ Psalm 63:1-5 God’s love satiates my ravenous thirst and hunger. It’s better than life.  

What truths bring to mind how your love for God permeates to the inner parts of your heart, mind and soul?

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