Sunday, February 15, 2009

Visibly Faded

Before heading out the door the other morning, I gave myself the usual once over in the full-length mirror. There was a pale spot on my jeans and a quick swipe surprised me. You see, I've been carrying a rock in my pocket for just under two years. Yes, I'm a normal, sane person, but this rock is special. It's a tangible reminder that with God in my life I can do more than I think I can.

I picked up this rock on a beach around San Diego, CA after I had done several things I didn't think I'd ever be able to—things that required me to conquer fear on several fronts, even though they were just small things. It was through clinging to Jesus that I was able to do those things. I had set out to prove to myself what HE could do in and through my life, and He far exceeded anything I could have dreamed of.

Now that tangible reminder that rides in my pocket is making a visible reminder. I noticed the faded spot on my jeans and it reminded me of men and their jeans. Some men's jeans fade to the shape of their wallet, or pocket knife, or even (especially) their can of chew.

Is there anything in my life that is making such an indelible impression on me so that those around me can see it what's on the inside of me? Just like the impression of my rock is fading a spot on my jeans--is God in me visible to others?

Father, please fade my life in such a way that You are clearly visible to those around me.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this analogy!

    Have you read "Hinds Feet in High Places" ? The MC carried small stones to remind her of God's working in her life.

    I love the thought of it showing through. It also made me think of the thought of it leaving an imprint in your life, too.

    Thanks, Peej!

    Vonnie

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  2. To fade our own lives out so that His impression is clear...that is an awesome prayer, Peej. I think you've done a pretty good job of pointing to your Savior through your life and your writing!

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  3. I also love this analogy, PJ! And I agree - you leave quite an impression of our Savior through your writings and life.

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  4. Great analogy Sister! And I'm glad to know it isn't a can of chew in your pocket - ick. :o)

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  5. Oh, honey - this is EXCELLENT!! I'm not gonna forget this. (and show me that spot on your jeans in Livonia, eh??)

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  6. Love this analogy! So glad to have this new picture to carry around in my mind the way you carry that rock in your pocket. It's awesome!

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  7. I love the object lesson, and the English lesson, too, for that matter. You've given me much to ponder.

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