Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Conduit

This morning I was studying God's Word - which I am ever so thankful for- and I got to thinking...

Wait a minute, first of all, let me just say this. Usually when I "get to thinking" I just keep it to myself because I am not a person who can put my thoughts into beautiful words that make any sense. I usually trip over my tongue or lose my train of thought, and I just end up sounding like a scatterbrain. Maybe I will make more sense if I write it down. We shall see :-)

I was reading this morning in 1 Corinthians 15, and verses 9 and 10 say,

  • King James Version
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 

  • New International Version
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 
 This is Paul speaking here, and I started thinking about how he said he worked harder than all of them, then he corrected, and said it wasn't actually him working hard, but the grace of God that was working with him.

In other words, he was saying that he was a conduit through which God was working.

  • conduit
:a pipe or tube through which something (such as water or wire) passes
:someone or something that is used as a way of sending something (such as information or money) from one place or person to another
I was thinking about electricity - which I am also thankful for- and about how it gets to our house where we can use it.

You know you can build the most beautiful home, or building, with beautiful light fixtures, and the most high tech, modern appliances and they serve no purpose if there is no electricity going to them. Also you can have the electricity turned on, but if there is a break in the wiring it still can't get to the lights or appliances. Now the wiring is not put on the outside of the walls where it can be seen, but it is inside the walls out of sight because lets face it, they aren't exactly pretty, but they are necessary.

I was thinking about the awesome power of God, and how it needs to get to the lost people of this world. How did God decide to get the power where it needs to be? Through mortal man. We are the conduits that God chose to use. Now I know that my life was not very pretty before God made me what I am now, it was mired in sin, and "his grace to me was not without effect" also, it washed me clean. I know I am not a finished work yet, as that old song says, "He's still workin on me".

My prayer today is that I can stay close to the Power Source, God, and that he can work through me to touch someone who needs him. If there is a problem with any of my wiring I want to fix it. Certainly not for my glory, I would rather stay hidden, like the wires in the wall, but for God's glory, and so that his kingdom can grow.

Now I know that this is a simple thought, and I am not the first one to think of it, but it's on my mind today. This world is in trouble, and most people know it, but instead of complaining, let's try to get the Power where it needs to be. I know I'm checking my "wiring" and I want any breaks or shorts to be fixed so I can get a good flow of the Power through me!

Change of subject here. I have been busy working on several projects, and I finished one last night. I promised Chloe a new blankie, and she didn't let me forget it either. So here is the finished product, and it is already in her hands. May it keep her warm for many years...

And while I'm on the subject of Chloe, let me share a precious picture here. The last time she spent the night with me, she wanted to try her hand at knitting, like Aiden did, and here she is trying. Isn't this cute?

 I haven't gone out to visit my goats for a few days because it has been so cold and icy here. Randy said that he is really starting to be able to tell that Valentine is pregnant now, so we will probably have a new baby sometime this month or next.

The snow is very beautiful as it falls, but when you step outside, it feels like you have just walked into a freezer. The crazy thing is that tomorrow it may be 60 degrees!

All this snow has made me want to do a lot of spinning lately. Having my hands on nice, fluffy wool just warms me up! This fiber that I am working on now is Shetland wool, and when I spin it up, it feels smooshy. I don't know if that's a real word, but there it is, smooshy Shetland wool. I haven't decided if I want to leave it natural, or dye it. I can't think about that right now, I'll think about that tomorrow!


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