23 May 2008

The Horoscope, The Bible, And Me - Friday

This is the last of my Horoscope-Bible-Me series. And so here we go again.

Advice for Goats: Overcoming emotional fears can be extra hard work today, but you will be rewarded if you are up for the challenge. A close friend or lover could be the source of the problem, though you might not be able to truly understand what's going on. Your reluctance to change can make the situation even more challenging. Practice being flexible and watch the resistance and turmoil recede into the background. By Rick Levine Friday, May 23, 2008

Advice for God's People: Job 37:14-18
"Listen to this, Job;
stop and consider God's wonders.
Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?
Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?
You who swelter in your clothes
when the land lies hushed under the south wind,
can you join him in spreading out the skies,
hard as a mirror of cast bronze?"

This Was Friday: Another great day packed full of my own kiddies in the morning, back-to-back speech therapy kiddies from mid-morning until night time, and then my own kiddies again until they dropped from exhaustion. After that I did a few hours of solid work and got Hubs to help me, because things were getting out of control around here. I want to head off for a blissful country drive to descend on poor hapless relatives with my two children and a giant washing basket after church on Sunday, and I needed to start getting the house out of Ransack Chic and into Just-Plain-Untidy.

Today's horoscope was again way off-track for me, but I was able to take one bit away with me: 'Practice being flexible and watch the resistance and turmoil recede into the background.' Like most of the horoscope information I've read over the last week, this was quite general and as such could be applicable for people from various 'star signs' over various times in their lives.

The Bible reading today came from http://www.dailybible.com/ again. I loved the imagery of nature and the reminder that God controls all that. I think that the readings over the last few days show that God has been reminding me to let go of concerns and just get back to spending time with Him.

I often find it helpful in life to keep a picture of the Judgment Day in the back of my mind (don't freak out - come with me here!) There are so many things we hold dearly to our hearts. So many things that make us believe that we're 'doing okay' or 'being a good Mum/wife/Christian' but we need to remember that most of those things won't get us anywhere with the God who both controls the clouds and the lightning, and who wants nothing more than for us to be in a good relationship with Him.

So in this spirit, here are some of my recent thoughts regarding what GOD WILL NOT SAY when seeing me approach Him when it's all been said and done for me here on Earth.

Well done, good and faithful servant! You kept your house looking like a display home and you never left any creased clothes in your ironing basket! Come and enter my rest! [Sometimes, I get a little theatrical when imagining how God might speak.]

Welcome, my child! You were on the CORRECT side of the debate on every Federal, State and Local election held, the US Presidential election, abortion, homosexuality, women bishops and the heated discussions regarding which actor made the best James Bond. Your correctness rating has earned you a place in my eternal home!

Enter, O Faithful One. You parented your kids properly, unlike those sinners down the road. You followed the parenting paperbacks from Koorong meticulously, and therefore you may enter. Behold your reward!

There are more. But it's late and you're bored with my impersonations of God so that will do for the moment. Suffice it to say that it's profound when you realise that in God's opinion of faith vs. works, many things we think earn us 'points' will come to nothing when we stand before God that day. What will be important? Well, that's a very interesting question ...

Thanks for travelling with me this week. It's been interesting. It was hard to be unbiased because my background has been a Bible-reading, horoscope-ignoring one, but I hope you all understood that from my absurdly long explanation in my first Horoscope-Bible-Me a week ago.

Although horoscopes appear to contain elements of truth or pieces of vaguely helpful advice, I've seen over the last week they've been so hit-and-miss with regard to my actual personal circumstances.

Bible reading on the other hand can offer you numerous passages on various topics and you're sure to find something to help in your daily life. It also has the benefit of the wisdom and guidance of a loving Creator behind it all, and reading the Bible brings you closer to Him (which feels like wrapping your soul up in a warm woolly blanket, drinking hot chocolate and settling in for a long, comfy chat.) That's another reason why I'll continue doing it all my life.

The poor horoscope however will be deleted from my i-Google homepage to make space for an animated green frog that chases my mouse pointer and eats the flies I give it.