Sunday, April 27, 2014

Deep Space and Good Friday

April 18

Being back outside makes me feel like a complete person again.  I need daylight to function and I am feeling motivated to do some chores.  

The car gets washed and I take a scrub brush to the floor of the Airstream.  

Otis and Murray spend most of the day loafing in the sun and barking at buggies and bikes going by on the road.  I ask Murray what he is going to do about it, to which his lilting whine seems to reply "I don't know, but it's gonna be good!"

The wee kiddo in front has the reigns..

When Otis notices I am looking at him, he closes his eyes and wags.  I walk over to unclip his tether and before I can grab his collar he goes scampering back to the pond to look for signs of the goose we chased away earlier today.  

Even the globs of pond goop that rise from the murky bottom look intriguing on such a sunny day.  I imagine them to be pillars of nebulae floating in deep space.  A cosmic fish swims by.

I plod along after Otis until he tries to eat goose poop.  Stooping with his collar in hand is not a comfortable way to walk.  He plunks down in the grass and makes the international sign for "Not Gonna Move."  

Murray yaps at the end of his tie-out and punishes Otis for leaving him by humping him as soon as he is within reach.  Otis dutifully chomps him.  

They make up and nestle side-by-side in the warm grass like blobs of rising dough.

Good Friday services are this evening, which I have been looking forward to and dreading all week.  I am amazed by how strangely beautiful God's redemption of His people is, yet it is so painful to know that my sin made it necessary that Jesus suffer and die as He did. 

 But...He didn't stay dead, and Easter Sunday is coming!  Easter commemorates His triumph over death, resulting in SALVATION for anyone who trusts in Christ alone as their way to heaven.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."
Ephesians 2: 8&9

I am so thankful that it is not by "trying my best" or "doing more good things than bad things" that I will go to heaven.  

If you believe that there is a God and an afterlife, but don't trust Jesus, please don't assume you know what waits for you.  Find out what this God requires of you!

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