March 29, 2011

March 29: The power of the light

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By Paul Steury, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center K-12 education coordinator
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
The main problem with winter for a lot of us is the lack of sunshine. That glorious light gives us energy as well as power to the earth. Have you noticed maple tree buds waiting to burst and daffodils pleading with the sun to give them more vigor so they can rise up and give God the glory, glory?!

There is nothing better than an early spring day’s warm sun hitting your face, your body, your soul – invigorating you to go on with life. It makes you want to do good to all things; it makes you feel like a child again; it makes you want to swing and dance and do cartwheels; it makes you feel reborn/resurrected. Each spring I feel like the chosen one when that mystical power of the sun is flowing into me!

That blessing of sunshine makes me wonder who will be that next person that God shines down his praise upon? For sure it is one with a warm heart, it is one with a giving spirit, it will be the unexpected one who will help you find the Lord, will give to the poor unwarranted in any which way and praises the Lord many different ways. The one who cares for the lesser and speaks out for them like David out caring for his sheep.

Don’t be afraid to be David and accept anointing, to be a leader that carries out God’s calling. Listen for God talking to you like God was to Samuel – you could be royalty!

SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (NRSV)
1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2 Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5 He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11 Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

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Comments (8)

  1. Excellent insights, Paul. Well written. Thanks for sharing!

    Stuart W Showalter March 29, 2011 |
  2. Nice reflection especially because I’ve not been able to put away my winter coat yet! Spring is a life giverl!

    Karen Flaherty March 29, 2011 |
  3. Spring! Yes, yes to all your devotions today, Paul.

    Mary Bontrager March 29, 2011 |
  4. Spring is here in California already. It is joyously journeying across the continent. Thank you, Paul, for a beautiful expression of how it feels to be alive and awakened to self and others.

    marjorie March 29, 2011 |
  5. Your comments are like my yellow daffodils delighting in the brilliant sunshine. Thanks

    Ruth H. March 29, 2011 |
  6. you make your mother rejoice –and Jesus too

    martha steury March 29, 2011 |
  7. Thanks for sharing this, Paul. Love it. Let the Son – and the sun – shine inside out! Come on , Spring! I am so ready for more sunny days and that amazing feeling of warm rays on my face. Hope you write more devotions for us!

    Toby McCrae March 30, 2011 |
  8. Amen!! I am blessed to live in an area with four distinct seasons and find something beautiful in all of them, but I love the image of the power of the sun shining down on me as the power of God moving in my life. Although I won’t be turning any cartwheels, I can enjoy dancing in the sunlight. Thank you for this devotion.

    Judy March 30, 2011 |