Roses are in full bloom and reminding us everyday to open our hearts fully to God.
If we’re willing, His beauty and divine fragrance will permeate our lives.
Real spirituality energizes our lives bringing us to full bloom. God’s great wish for me and for you is abundant life. A really full life!
It stands to reason that we can’t get close to God without being changed, deeply changed.
It’s that or make a run for it.
Or in Peter’s case, try to send Jesus far away.
That’s just the sin talking.
And Jesus knows how to deal with our sin so that we can share our lives with Him.
He encouraged Peter and told him not to be afraid, from now on he was going to be changed.
He was a fisherman.
There’s a new opportunity opening up for Peter.
Jesus was going to walk him through it and he would do great things for God.
And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Getting up close to God changes us deeply.
Knowing what He’s like and what He’s up to in the world touches a part of us and literally makes us bloom.
We’re longing for it and for Him.
Peter’s experience was like Isaiah’s.
Taking in the heavenly scene Isaiah knew he was not suitable, not righteous.
He longed to answer God’s call, but he knew he wasn’t ‘qualified’.
Then God took care of it for him.
An angel carried a burning coal from the altar, touched his lips, and purged his sin.
Don’t recoil from God because of your weakness.
Get close enough for His touch to make the change you long for and that only He can make.