NEW UNDERSTANDING

Many years ago, our daughter and my wife were out shopping and happened upon an individual selling “mugs” in the parking lot of a shopping center.  They decided upon one of those mugs for me as a gift.

This “wondermug” is special in a number of ways.  As soon as they saw one with a lighthouse beaming into the darkened night they naturally thought this to be appropriate…I was brought up at Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Bermuda.  Another aspect of this mug is that when I put my hot tea or coffee into it, the entire picture changes from the darkened night and the menacing shoreline, to a day scene and sailing boats.  The beam of the light becomes sunlit skies, birds are flying and an obvious harbor effect comes into focus. The heat transformed the scene from that of danger and a warning to that of confidence, peace and enjoyment.

I seldom pick up that mug without thinking of what the “heat” can do to make a difference.  I also think of the old saying: “It takes boiling water to bring the flavor from the teabag.” Naturally, I find myself relishing the idea of what God has done in and through Christ to turn my life from night to day.

Most of us are familiar with the old saying: “Suffering is God’s megaphone in shouting to a deaf world.”  The Book of 1 Peter is addressed to a people undergoing extensive trials; their afflictions were abundant and difficulties of greater persecution stood before them.  In the 6th and 7th Verses of the first chapter Peter says: “In this you greatly rejoice, even through now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Into my teen years I often went with my father as he did his “duty” from 2.00 a.m. to sunrise.  I would sometimes sleep for a couple of hours and then shortly before sunrise he would wake me to watch the sun come over the horizon.  Nothing quite equals standing 136 feet on the veranda of the lighthouse and watching the night disappear and the day gradually arrive.  The sun, a ball and flame of orange gradually turning yellow; and shortly I was unable to look into it; the ocean changing colors to the eye and glistening revealed the “other side” of the night.

No matter the darkness that has encompassed your life, let the “blood of Jesus”, the Son, be applied to your situation, and you too will see darkness turned to light.  As “grace” is applied, so “peace” will follow. (V2)

That “wondermug” has taught me some valuable lessons.  It is a systematic reminder of the transformation that takes place in a person’s life when Jesus is allowed to enter.  Read through 1 Peter and grasp the picture of what God can bring out in your life as you experience the “heat” of opposition because of a firm stand for Jesus.  Our difficulties are refining fires to bring out the composition of our relationship in Jesus… “Christ in you, the Hope of Glory”.   He enters by invitation; He enables for sanctification; He promises glorification.

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