I hope that all of you had a great weekend. We had a fair amount of rain which means that we weren’t able to get out as much as we would have liked! The plan for today is to sneak out and back before the forecasted afternoon showers begin in earnest. Yesterday afternoon I went online and subscribed to the Raleigh News and Observer daily paper. It is the second largest newspaper in the state and traces its roots back to 1865 when "The Sentinel" was first published. This paper was eventually absorbed by “The Observer, which in turned merged with The News in 1880 to become The News and Observer.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_News_%26_Observer)
My thought is that this will help me to become more in tune to the ambiances of our new home! I found out a little too late that this weekend was when our little city celebrated their name in fame in Civil War history with a living reenactment of the “Battle of Morrisville” which was fought in the final days of the war between the states from April 13-15, 1865. It was the last official battle of the Civil War between the armies of Union Major General William T. Sherman and one of the most senior general officers in the Confederate States army, General Joseph E. Johnston.
The Confederates were hastily retreating and frantically attempting to transport their remaining supplies and wounded west toward the final Confederate encampment in Greenboro, NC when the Union troops began firing their artillery from the heights overlooking the Morrisville train station. Calvary charges and various skirmishes ensued, but the trains caring the wounded soldiers from previous battles were able to withdraw. General Johnston finally sent a courier to General Sherman asking for a conference to discuss an armistice. The leaders met on April 17th to discuss what would become the largest surrender of the war.
It would have been fun to participate in the event, but like I stated, the inclement weather and lateness in finding out about the activity sort of squashed the idea! I figured that since we are living here, that I want to learn as much as I can about the area, it’s history, it ways and then meld into the atmosphere where applicable!
That is the same thing that I like to do whenever I read the Word of God! Take this morning for example. I awoke fairly rested, but just had the “Monday morning blaws!” Do you know what I am talking about? There was nothing really exciting on the schedule for the day and I just felt a little out of it as I shuffled toward the coffee maker.
Once my computer loaded up my Bible Study program I felt the urge to go back to what I had been studying last week in Luke chapter twenty-four concerning the events of the two men who were traveling on the way to the city of Emmaus and then their return to Jerusalem. What caught my attention was the immediate reaction of the two men and then that of the others after Jesus “opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24:45 God’s Word ©)
The two men exclaimed after their initial visit with Jesus that “wasn’t it like fire burning in us when he (Jesus) talked to us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 GNB) Then after forty days of concentrated teaching from the Word, the disciples were said to be “overjoyed as they went back to Jerusalem (after Jesus’ assentation into heaven).
In both instances, the Word totally changed their attitudes, charged them with excitement and filled them with an expectancy of better things to come! In other words, it filled them with the ambiances of heaven itself! And that is exactly what happened to me this morning. After about a half an hour in the Word, I suddenly noticed that the “blaws” were gone and I was actually excited and expectant of what Papa God had in store for us today… even if it was a Monday!
You know… a trip to CVS to pick up a prescription was sounding a little exciting! Getting to go out into the freshly rinsed environment with the water droplets gleaming off the green blades of grass and from the trees that are just regaining their leaves for the summer… how beautiful it all is! The Word tends to turn the mundane into an exciting and adventurous event! Think about it… The Word that Jesus shared with those 120 or so disciples turned them from uneducated fisherman, commoners, and housewives into a world-changing force of power-packed, victorious and confident men and women of God!
And that is the same thing He will do for you and me! At the end of the day you’ll look back and the only thing that you’ll be able to utter is “Wow!” Nuff said? So…Get some Word and then go out and thoroughly enjoy and change your world! Have a super day by staying in tune to His Word and keep asking yourself… “What or who’s world am I expecting to change today?”