Monday, 30 April 2012

I was Caught!!

I was caught, caught alive to be dead.
Caught in the very act of adultery and dragged
Dragged in to the presence of Jesus
Dragged while Jesus was teaching to a crowd
I do not know what the lesson was about
May be it was about Living Waters
I was thirsty
I stared at the sand, as my accusers were staring at Jesus
Jesus looked up

One shouted, she was caught in the very act of sin
Law says we should stone her to death
What do you say we should do?

I was tired and looked up at Jesus
He silently stooped down
 And he wrote
On the sand
There was silence
A much needed silence from the condemning words
I sighed and looked down
He sighed and looked up

I was trapped and I thought he was trapped too
But I didn’t know that he was planning for my release
I was ready to be hit by the stones
He cleared his throat as if he was ready with a big sermon
But he spoke just with eighteen words
Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her
I looked up at Jesus
I could see a slight smile
I began to think there was hope
He stooped down again
And he wrote
On the sand
There was silence
A much needed one

I heard the sound of stones hit the ground
I knew that those words hit their heart
I heard the feet moving
I heard a feeble murmuring
They set the trap in which they were trapped
They began to leave
From old to young
Then there was silence
Jesus still writing on the sand
I looked back and saw I was alone with Jesus
Jesus was still silent
My heart began to be still
Still enough to hear his words
And I heard his words
 “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
For the first time my eyes met His
“No one” I said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
I knew he was God
And I knew he forgave me

Tears came rolling down my cheek
I knew I was caught
I was caught by His Grace
I was caught by His Words
I was caught by His Silence
I was caught by Jesus
Caught dead to be alive
Alive in Him!!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Legal and Successful

God had a plan for Abraham and Sarah. It was a plan that would not only change them but the entire human community for ever. As God seemed to work very slowly, they got impatient. Then, they prepared a plan to fulfill God’s plan. The plan was having a child through Hagar, the slave.
This plan was both legal (in those days) and successful (Hagar gave birth to a son). But still it was not God’s plan for them.

Many a time, we discern God’ will by saying there is nothing wrong with this plan. It’s right to do this. Or we say since this plan is successful, it must be God’s plan.
Though it was legal and successful plan, Abraham and Sarah missed God’s will completely. It is often our ‘legal and successful’ plan that stands in complete opposition of God’s ‘best and perfect’ plan.
What ‘legal and successful’ plan of yours is hindering God’s great plan for you?

Believing a Different Story

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