Thank you, my sweet niece Cherry, for writing my blog while I was recovering from my surgery. This has once again been such a rollercoaster as we read of the stubborness of the Israelites in their up and down love for the God who chose them and loves them so much. I remember a time when I was young, when I was being a little pill. My mother finally turned me over to my dad saying, "your daughter really needs a spanking!" My father put it off, finding other things to do. And my precious mom said, "Rol, Sharon has really been a little rascal, she needs a spanking!"
I remember my dad taking me down to the basement and asking me, "Sharon, have you been the pill your mother says you've been?" And I had to nod my head and say, "Yes, daddy, I have.". Daddy just put me over his knee and said, "Cry loud!" I said, "What did you say, Daddy?", not believing my ears. He responded, "Cry loud!" and proceeded to just barely spank me as I hollered at the top of my lungs.
Finally when he finished, I looked up at him and said, "Why, daddy didn't you spank me when I deserve it?" He looked at me and said, "You knew you deserved it, yet you kept on not doing what your mother wanted. I just kind of gave up on punishing you because you already knew that you were doing wrong. What good would it do?"
Let me tell you readers, it did more good than a spanking, because I felt so bad for disappointing my mother and my dad. I had to apologize to both of them. I don't remember ever acting out to my mother again, like I had that day.
Reading through these scriptures we first come to Isaiah 11:1-9 "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light!" Just like my father had mercy on me, even when I didn't deserve it, our Papa God has mercy on us and continues to love us with an everlasting love. As He loved the children of Israel.
I experienced the incredible mercy and love of God these past few weeks after surgery to replace my mytral valve, aortic valve and repair another valve. I woke up the second day after coming home from the hospital and suddenly realized that I felt like a great big white bird flying gracefully across a limitless expanse of horizon.
I looked in the mirror and I was still light beige. From my feelings inside, I should be magenta and turquoise, brilliant light and all the colors of the rainbow. I feel like I'm a new creation set free to soar.
I suddenly realized that I had such clarity of mind that it was overwhelming. I realized I had been holding myself together and adapting to the feeling of being kind of muddled. I felt like I was born again. All the blood that had been circulating and pumping so hard trying to get through my body and my brain, was now pumping perfectly!
It reminded me again of the importance of the blood in our lives both physically and spiritually. It makes me determined to do everything right to complete this wonderful beginning. God gave me a new heart, and I praise Him for it. I can't wait to see what He has in store for all of us as we serve Him!
Thank you for all your prayers, cards and flowers. It has meant so much to me.
Blessings, and let's Fly Together!