Thursday, December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009, "Wow"

Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell

"And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. "
~ Philippians 2:8-11 ~

Tristin and I were conversing as she was trying to fall asleep. There was a moment of silence when it was interrupted by a precious, beautiful sound; the sound of a song softly coming forth from within her. She sang with such great innocence and yet a 'knowing' the awesome song, "Mary, Did You Know?" She has been learning this amazing song for a dance that she gets to dance on Christmas Sunday with a few other girls from our church.

I could have fallen asleep as I listened to her angelic voice...especially when she interrupted the song as she said, "Mommy, this is my favorite part" as she continued to sing right where she left off, "Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod? When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?"

When she was finished singing, I said, "Tristin you know what 'boggles' my mind?" She giggled and said, "What?" I said, "God doesn't sleep." She said, "I know mom, He watches over us while we sleep." I said, "But Tristin, you know how sometimes God will wake us up in the middle of the night, because He wants to talk?" She said, "Yes". I said, "Well, you know how you're groggy and sleepy when we try waking you up?" "It would be like me waking you up in the middle of the night just to talk." At that moment we laughed as we imitated ourselves when we dread waking up.

I continued to say, "Tristin, God is not limited to time. He is eternal." She said, "He's nocturnal?" I laughed and I said, "No Honey, God is Eternal." She said, "O". I continued, "So if He's eternal, not limited to time, what we think is interrupted sleep, He just may want to say, "Teresa, wake up. I want to tell you something." As grogginess is overwhelming, and I finally awake, I can hear Him say, "I just wanted to say, "I love you, that's all"."

It then led me to how Jesus was called 'poor'. Tristin and I were blown away when we realized what we think of 'poor' is not at all what 'poor' was to Jesus. Think about this. Jesus, The Truth and The Word of God. He was made flesh. He gave up all His Divinity and took the form of a human being...the riches of heaven in comparison to the 'riches' of the world are like trying to compare coal to treasures we couldn't even imagine in our wildest dreams. Now that's truly 'poor' in ways we could never imagine.

As I thought about it, I thought about Philippians 2. The words started going through my heart and mind, "Because He was obedient unto death; God gave Him a name that is ABOVE EVERY NAME. That at the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD..." It then led me to this great understanding. I asked Tristin, "What is a 'lord'?" She said, "I don't know." I said, "Well, let me give you an example. This house we live in, We rent it, we are not the owners. The actual owner is called a 'landlord'. The landlord owns this house and we get to live in it and take care of it as our own home. She said, "O" I continued to say, "Tristin, Jesus is the landlord of our lives. He owns our lives, we don't. Our lives do not belong to us; our lives belong to Him." If this is the case, then as my Lord, I must live for Him and live the way He would have me live for His great glory.

Today, may we be reminded of what is truly ours...nothing. Is He Lord of our lives? He is Lord. But are we allowing Him to be the Lord of our own lives?


  1. Thanks for your comment.

    What you wrote is such an awesome truth of who Jesus is in all of our lives. Yep, he loves waking me up in the early morning hours which I treasure.

    What you said about the "riches of Christ" vs. Him becoming poor is such an awesome revelation of His riches. We can't even fathom what they are. He is willing though to reveal some of these as we seek in Him with all our entire might.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. What a precious talk! And I love the thought of Jesus being the "landlord" of our lives...what a perfect description!!!

  3. I love how you explained that, because so many times we tend to forget what He did for us.

  4. Thank you so much for your encouraging words..isn't God beyond compare? Wow! Mmmmmmmm!!! Taste and see that the Lord is good!!! Wow! Wow!


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