Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Notes of Devotion (Christa Allan)

New Glasses
by Christa Allan

Philippians 3: 15-21 — All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

God spoke to me this morning. Okay, not in one of those Charlton Heston burning-bush-in-the-middle-of-Paramount (or whatever) Studio kind of ways or my phone ringing with an unidentified caller ID. No, it was during my morning Bible study that I experienced one of those "aha" moments that could only be defined as God speaking to and through me because I'm just not that dern smart.

I woke up school-day early for a Saturday because Ken was leaving for an out-of-town-semi-business trip, and I wanted to be conscious when he kissed me good-bye. He increased the odds of that by bringing me a cup of coffee before I was fully vertical; you gotta love that man! Anyway, after he left and after one of the cats threw up three times on the newly cleaned wood floors (I know, TMI), I snuggled into my reading corner with a new cup of coffee and my new Devotional Bible.

This morning's devotional was Philippians 1-4 and, in my reading, I'm stuck on this line about how—if I think differently from what I should be thinking, "...that too God will make clear..." to me. So, why that seemed so profound to me, I'm not sure. But, I felt reassured that God is busy fashioning just the lenses I need for my short-sightedness, and He's not going to let me wallow in my own stupidity. Of course, my brain knows He's God, and He knows that I know that He knows, but this morning it just felt so much more clear in my heart.

Anyway—that's not even the epiphany. What happened next was such a moment of clarity that it was as if God had angels on instant FedEx deliver my new glasses. Paul talks about God transforming our lowly bodies so that they'll be like His glorious body (3:21), and I'm about to giggle thinking what a joy it will be to see my thighs transformed (assuming God is not built like JLo), when—SMACK—OUCH—WOW.

What if, Christa, you spent all the time, money, and energy on your spiritual body as you did on your physical body? Time spent exercising, money spent on food and dieting and books about food and dieting, and energy spent on hair and nails, and then there's that whole cooking thing to feed the body, and do I really need to mention all the clothes issues? How much of my life do I devote to a physical body, not even counting the emotional angst? God looks at me and sees Calista Flockhart or Nicole Ritchie and shakes His head and wonders why I continue to ignore all that good spiritual food He makes available for me—and catch this—free.

Lord, You’ve given me a banquet of spiritual food, and it’s there for my feasting every day in your Word. Food that will nourish and transform my soul. Keep me hungry, Lord, not for things of this world but for the glorious world that waits for us in heaven with You. Amen.

A true Southern woman who knows that any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, Christa weaves stories of unscripted grace with threads of hope, humor, and heart. She contributes to Exemplify and Afictionado, the ACFW e-zine. The mother of five children, grandmother of three, and high school teacher, Christa lives in Abita Springs, Louisiana. She and her husband Ken enjoy their time playing golf and dodging hurricanes. Her debut novel, Walking on Broken Glass, releases February 1.


Tammy Doherty said...

Great post, Christa! If only we could all have that epiphany, and hang on to it :-)

Tammy Doherty

Delia Latham said...

Or ... we can share Christa's epiphany and benefit from it. :D I love this devotion! Christa did an awesome job.

christa said...

Thanks, ladies!