Friday, May 9, 2008

On My Way To You

A woman enters the back of a church dressed elegantly in exquisite finery.
As if on cue....music begins to play as the doors shut slowly behind her.
Some turning to look...are fascinated and envious.
Moving as if in slow motion she removes her fur coat
and drops it in the middle of the plush carpeted aisle.
The look on the faces as they view the soft shinny heap in the middle of the floor...well, it is priceless. Some are puzzedled and some a little aghast -- surley she she does not plan on leaving it there.....why..... the ushers could trip over it while trying to collect the offering.

Elegant manicured hands reach up to remove the hairpins that hold her hat.....and they along with the hat find their way to the floor. Still covering her dress is a long silk jacket. With tender care she removes the jacket almost tenderly..... folding it,
it is gently placed on the floor as she moves on.
Many have now begun to whisper and speak behind raised hands.
None can miss the trail of jackets, hat, shoes and priceless fine jewelery that litter the aisle.

By the time she reaches the front everyone is watching.
Ushers draw near just in case they need to physically remove her.
Although extremely uncomfortable they hate to do something to embarrass themselves--maybe this was some type of event set up by the pastor to introduce his sermon.

The music playing comes to an abrupt halt as the womans feet make their way
up the carpeted steps.
The woman standing barley resembles the woman so many had admired and envied.
She is now wearing a simple white sheath dress.
Her hair is no longer perfectly fixed but simply falls straight down her back.
Her makeup is now gone-washed away by the tears that are flowing freely. With her head down cast her bare feet move hesitantly toward the cross decorating the center of the stage.
Dropping to her knees
she wrapped her arms around the old wooden cross
and leaning her head
against its strength
inhaled deeply
and breathed her last.

The once silent crowd quickly becomes a mass of out of control.
Insecurity over the situation causes some to think maybe it is just a joke.
Maybe the pastor had put this woman up to this...what a great actress she was.

These thoughts were suddenly dismissed as they were hurriedly ushered out of the sanctuary.

The next day they buried the woman. There were very few in attendance
and so they missed the message
on a tombstone already prepared
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UNENCUMBERED
BY EARTH'S
ENTRAPMENTS
OH WHAT JOY AWAITS THOSE
THAT CHOOSE TO LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN ORDER TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD

Matthew 5:8
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S.B
I do not think that we have to wait for the death of our earthly bodies to see God. But, the Bible does say that no man shall see the face of God and live.
The answer to the puzzle I believe is found in Matthew 5:8

Hebrews 12:1-3

15 comments:

Denise said...

All I can say is wow. This is awesomely beautiful sis.

MelanieJoy said...

thoughts....those striving for a pure heart I think are the marks of true Christianity or one seeking to live a life reflective of Him. I think when we are walking close to Him we can and do see Him...not in the realness of actually seeing His face like Moses. Seeing Him in miracles of a healed body, the smile on my nephew's face, a beautiful sunrise or sunset...ect. the ways we can see Him while our season is here on this Earth. Dying to self in order to see the reward of Him. Our reward...to see His face and behold it's glory...that time we will see His face on the other side of here.

MelanieJoy said...

p.s. I'm not sure but I think I recognize the picture...it's almost like praying for the "church" and being there.
Praying "there" tonight.

SunnySusan said...

Wonderful my dear friend

To be that encumbered....I am not sure if we can get to that here as sinners on earth....I believe we can get and should get more of Him and less of us....unencumbered...what a place to be...not worrying about anything but seeing my Savior...ah..methinks I am going to ponder on this one much more...thanks my sister

Edge of Design said...

I've been enjoying meowless mornings and haven't had much time to read blogs lately. I did have a chance to read your last three. About the gay issue..I'm sorry I don't have any scripture references for you right now but the Bible does say that God gives them over to a reprobate mind. It also says that God hates divorce and we all know what those stats are coming too. The Sermon on the Mount, to me, is the Sermon of Sermons. There's never been a sermon like it here on earth, nor will there ever be.

luvmy4sons said...

Oh...to truly lay down my life and see the face of God!

Denise said...

Dying daily is a choice........ but the rewards are heavenly.......

CrownLaidDown said...

Ahhh....blessed exchange.

Lovely Sharon!
Praying for you...one foot in front of the other, 'til your faith is made sight.
with love,
holly

Deb said...

Hmmm, pondering this one. . .
Deb

Mimi's Toes said...

This is beautiful...Happy Mother's Day to one special Lady!

Andrea said...

happy mother's day, my dear!!

Melanie said...

This definitely has my little brain working!

Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

Bev Brandon said...

Sharon, I loved that Matthew 5:8 verse....unencumbered...wow...

WE BOILED CRAWFISH TODAY!!!
60 POUNDS.
WOOHOO!!!

Came by to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. You have such stability in your life, Sharon and it shows. I love your no pretense. Even this choice of your post shows it. You're a beautiful woman who is making a difference. My love to you, Bev

Nicki said...

That was beautiful! I loved your words, they really got to my heart today.....much to think about!

Alisun said...

That was so moving, I will have to think on this.