THE OLD COUNTRY FENCE POST
I am reminded of an old country fence post, riddled with pieces of barbed wire, fence staples, nails and the scares of the ages. And yet it stands, holding firm to the fencing, guarding against things which come against it while holding fast to protect what it holds secure within. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Our lives can often be the very image of that old fence post, with the baggage of life which impales us with its scars and stapled wounds, but by God’s Grace and the strength of the Holy Spirit we can stand strong in our faith to ward off Satan’s attacks and all that the world tries to invade or scar us with. Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life…. Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.(1 Peter 3:13-15, 18)
Through God we can overcome, stand strong, hiding within our heart God’s Word and even to serve as the gate opening support; allowing entrance into the sheep fold for others to find Christ, thus entering into the fold and strengthening the body of Jesus Christ’s church; you and I. Stand firm, stand strong, no matter what has scared and marred you from the past, for Jesus loves you just as you are. He sees in you no scars and mars of life, but rather what He has created you to be; loved, cherished and with whom He desires a relationship by which you can be infilled with His Grace, love, peace and hope; now and for all eternity in heaven with Him. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ (Luke 15:6)
Now may the image in your minds eye focus on that old rugged, weathered and scared fence post; the one on the hill of calvary “Golgotha” with the nails and bindings which held Christ, stained with His blood, the one upon which He became the gateway of forgiveness and cleansing for you and I that we can hear His heart calling “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.
So today, just as you are, may God Bless you by His Grace and Love; giving you His peace and rest.
Yours in Christ,
Rev Jerry Schmid
Notes from the Staff @The Woods