Artwork and video editing by Me,
Poem and reading by Tara Lancaster
Artwork and video editing by Me,
Poem and reading by Tara Lancaster
Week 27 Like a Child
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:1-5
He says what He means and He means what He says
“Be like a child full of wonder and praise.”
Skipping or tripping we grab hold as we stand
With Him looking round for the Kingdom’s at hand.
Crayola takes me back… Anyone that knows me knows this might have been a hard project for me. I love to draw, I’ve been doing it for a long time, so to let go and draw imperfectly like a child was a struggle. It was also an object lesson on childlikeness. I have habits, patterns, muscle memory, and generally all adult expectations that need to be laid aside. To actually be childlike I have to let go of all of that and trust that the crayon will produce my mental image.
Week 19 The Tale of Two Kingdoms
What if I said eternal life is a dimension, not a destination in time or space. Would that be upsetting?
For so long I believed it was a destination, but now that I have studied the Scriptures concerning eternal life, I realize it is actually living outside of time, as my Father does.
Jesus prayed with the understanding that eternal life is simply to have a relationship with God and Himself. If that is so, eternity began for me at the moment I came to know Jesus. And the Kingdom is actually within me as Jesus Himself claimed. His Kingdom comes now on earth as in heaven.
Yet this Kingdom of eternal life cannot be seen with my eyes, but with my spirit. I need new sight. As the psalmist says, where can you get away from His Spirit and Presence? Is there any corner that God isn’t present? Colossians says that Jesus is before all things, and holds everything together.
So I need vision correction, to see with spiritual eyes. Then instead of chaos, I can see His order; storms – peace; death – life, kingdoms of this world – kingdom of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is in my midst.
If you wear those cheap 3D glasses and gaze into the words on the page long enough, the Kingdom of Heaven will float out of the page. Just see.
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you (within you.)”
Declaration 3. “Your journey now is to see who you truly are, for you are the light of the world, the son or the daughter of your Father, a new creature flowing with more beauty and power than you have dared imagine possible. “
Week 18 The Tale of Two Kingdoms
I have always loved going to the beach and building sand castles. Every time I made one, I would make it more elaborate than the one before. Thankfully my identity was not in what I built, nor the sand from which it came. Because I knew sooner or later the wave would come, and the castle would be gone.
It was perfectly acceptable for me to be proud of that castle and enjoy its beauty. But it would not be acceptable for me to have a temper tantrum every time a structure was destroyed.
If I look past the kingdom of the world and see myself in God’s kingdom, the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of the eternal. My earthly judgment of situations, good or bad, suddenly have no weight, for I see only the intent of a good, good, Father.
When I choose to see His kingdom on earth, I will always be standing safely on the rock when storms come.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is SEEN IS TEMPORARY, but what is UNSEEN IS ETERNAL.
What kingdom exists inside of you and around you at this very moment? One that is unseen with earthly eyes.
There are two kingdoms:
One flows with peace and power and love, and one is darkened by condemnation and judgment.
One is eternal but not seen with our eyes, and one is temporal and passes away, yet visible to our earthly eyes.
One aligns with God, and one aligns with our fleshly desires.
Similarly, there are two selves for you to contend with:
The new self knows the father and abides in His realm even now, while the old self clings to this world of flesh and bone through relationships with everything else that is temporal.
Two kingdoms and two identities. In each case, Jesus’ teaching is clear: the flesh must be surrendered to see and experience the spirit. You cannot serve two masters. We look not at things that are seen, but at the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Week 17 Daughter of my Father
My Father thinks about me all the time. According to Psalm 139, He made me as one of His most wonderful works. I am His beautiful poetry, an original tapestry, and He thinks I am incredible.
I, Your poetry
A tapestry of Glory
This Work makes You smile.
Haiku: Japanese for ‘cutting,’ a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons.
Washi Tape: Japanese (wa) paper (shi) — it literally means Japanese paper tape. Before it became the pretty patterned tape we now know and love, washi was simply known as a durable Japanese paper made from the strong natural fibers of native Japanese trees and plants.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
Week 14 The Great Mystery
Jn 14:15-24. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
The Lord showed me a lovely example of my place in the mystery of oneness through a set of matryoshka dolls. You know, those lovely Russian nesting dolls?
Two years ago I drew this in my Bible, but today I have a better revelation of it.
The outer figure of these dolls contains increasingly smaller versions of itself within itself. Apparently, it is essential that the full set of dolls be made from one piece of wood because of the characteristics of the wood are unique. If you use different pieces of wood the doll will not fit together properly!
Now, I can visualize Jesus in the Father and the Father in Him. Jesus is the second doll within the First, made of the same wood as the first. I too am in the Father because I am in Jesus, while the Father (wood) is in me. And finally, Holy Spirit, the Father’s mind and heart, dwells in me because Jesus returned to the Father.
We are one as He is one. When I rest within Him, wherever He goes, I go. When I am separated from the set, He is still in me for I am of the same wood. I cannot be separated from His love, He CANNOT leave me or forsake me. Wow! I love this revelation.