Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Man in the Moon....

There was a flame in the sky,
But it flickered out moments ago
And turned the sky to pink and gold.

And in what's left of the day, as the quiet hours begin,
The air feels like a secret....the moon its keeper.
I wonder what it whispers from its great heights?

I wonder if it knows the what ifs and just refuses to share them?
I wonder if it sees you...sees me...sees that mountain of possibility in between us?
I wonder if it knows the things we just can’t say?

How many times has it laughed at our almosts?
How many times has it whispered to the air, “Did you see that? They were so close...”
How many times have the two of them mocked our ignorance? 

Here we are,
Still on the path but no turns taken.
Our senses asleep but our hearts fully awakened.

So useless to look but never see.
So useless to hope but never believe.
So useless to plan but never react.

Secret moon...silent air....
When will love begin?

-Amanda Harman

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mandy Miraculous and the Battle of Rejecto

I can be your hero baby 

I can kiss away the pain

I will stand by you forever 

You can take my breath away

-Enrique Iglesias


Deep in the heart of Music City, in a night as black as an emo kid's hair and the air as crisp as a salad, our hero, Mandy Miraculous was once again faced with her arch enemy, Lex Lucifer.

 Mandy, her fabulous suede boots firmly planted beneath her faces the bad guy before her, "Give it up,'ll never beat me!"

 Lucifer, in very unfabulous boots, sneers at her,"Oh really, Miraculous, you think so do you? Well maybe you haven't met my friend....."

  Lucifer points a long, gnarled finger. Mandy Miraculous turns to face her most fearsome foe of all since chocolate.... Rejecto,Spirit of Rejection.

 Rejecto curls his evil mouth into a hideous grin, baring his unbrushed teeth, "So Miraculous...we meet again."  

 Rejecto, the only evil doer that had ever been able to defeat her, quickly gripped Mandy Miraculous' neck so tightly he lifted her from the ground, choking the very life from her. As she struggled to retain consciousness and a good hair do,Mandy remember her secret weapon. Reaching down, she pressed the button on her belt of Truth, filling the room with a bright light, a light so intense Rejecto winced in pain and closed his eyes, at the same time loosening his grip on Mandy's neck.

She quickly kicked him in the chest, causing him to drop her and fall backwards. As she struggled to her feat, the ground began to shake.All of the sudden the floor split in two and standing before her was the most glorious sight she'd seen since Betty White....the Holy Spirit.
 Gripping his mighty sword, drove it into Rejecto's chest..... maybe it didn't go exactly like that...but a great battle has been fought and won on my behalf. But there is a second battle to be won...walking that freedom out day to day and living in its Truth. But I never fight alone..I always have a Champion at my side.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Learning to Fly...


     So my friend Emily thinks she's not very wise. I strongly disagree. This weekend we took a road trip, she and another friend of ours. We were all sitting down the first night we were there and I was telling them how I essentially have lost hope in a future for myself. I had lost hope in the idea that I was ever meant for more than present circumstances.I felt out of the will of God. I wanted to move away....change jobs...something. I felt empty and useless.
   Emily started to council me and I instantaneously wanted to argue her point and the Lord shut me up and told me "Listen to her...what she's saying is wisdom." She looks at me and says something to the effect of "Its like when I"m flying in a plane. It can be the darkest cloudiest day but you get up so high you go over the clouds and the sky above them is so perfect. So when I'm out taking a run and its gloomy and cloudy outside and I start to get depressed because I miss the sun, I remember that its still there... I just can't see it."
   That statement really struck me. And, as all road trips are complete with, we played all kinds of music....amazing the car but we kept getting stuck on the Tom Petty song "Learning to Fly". I didn't know why at the time but the song really got to me. Every time it came on I got the presence of the Lord was all over it. It wasn't until I got home tonight and Googled the lyrics that I really understood why:
"Well some say life will beat you downBreak your heart, steal your crown

So I've started out, for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there

I'm learning to fly, around the clouds,
But what goes up must come down

I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
 Then, after that., I was ready in my devotional and I read this verse:

      "So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.
      Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ."
Colossians 3:1-4  

I think I get it now.... I need to learn to fly, even if I feel ill-equipped. I just need a perspective change. Then no matter what gets in my way, I'll still always be able to see the Son.