Overtaken By Glory

Today is Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Oh, dear. The Hallmark “Ultimate Holiday Site” has closed! Whatever shall I do?? They have, thoughtfully, suggested a few other links that might help. I’m trying THIS ONE. It lists today as National Frozen Food Day. I’m all over that one. I participate in that every weekday, as my standard lunch at work is a frozen Lean Cuisine meal. So crank up that microwave and take part in National Frozen Food Day. Or don’t crank up the microwave and enjoy a Salisbury steak Popsicle.


Last night’s lifehouse meeting was bittersweet. Due to a rather new ministry that the church is beginning, which involves another incarnation of the small group, our lifehouse will cease and desist as of next Tuesday night. At this point in time, Christi and I will not be participating in the new thing (unless an agreement can be made for an earlier start time…the current starting time seems to be at 9pm…ridiculous, if you ask me), and we are sad that our lifehouse is disbanding. But change happens, and can be a good thing, even though bittersweet. Our leader used the word “bittersweet” last night, and my mind immediately went here:

And with technology being what it is, these days, within a minute (literally), I had the song playing on my iPhone. Anyway, we will be having a bit of a celebration next Tuesday night, a final party, as it were.

(From Great Stories from History for Every Day)
On this date in 1204, Richard the Lion-Heart’s massive fortress, Chateau Gaillard, was finally over come by the French, under the command of King Philip Augustus of France. Chateau gaillard Originally, the fortress had “seventeen massive towers, walls eight feet thick and a moat 45 feet deep,” and was virtually impenetrable. Philip was so determined to take the fortress that he is said to have stated, “I should take it if it were made of steel,” to which Richard replied, “I should hold it were it made of butter.” Unfortunately, Richard died, and the fortress was inherited by his cowardly brother John. At that point, Philip made his move, but was still unable to get into the fortress. For six months, the French camped outside the fortress, “suffering the daily jeers from the defenders.” (I have to confess that, upon reading this, my mind was drawn to a silly place…)

Of course, in that clip, the countries are reversed…the French are in the castle and the English are outside. Anyway, after a direct attack on the walls proved unsuccessful, Philip sent a small group through the latrines (EW?) who lowered the drawbridge that led into the main keep. Using their “massive siege machinery, the French hammered a breach in the last remaining walls, compelling the English garrison to surrender on this day in 1204.” The fall of this fortress marked the beginning of the end for the Angevin Empire.

Today’s birthday is Lou Costello, born on this date in 1906. Lou, of course was half of the famous comedy team of Abbott and Costello. And of course, since we are on the verge of baseball season, we have to see what is probably their most famous routine.

Lou passed away three days shy of his birthday in 1959.
Honorable mention goes to the guitar great Wes Montgomery, born on this date in 1925.

Wes passed away in 1968.

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. Psalm 98:1-2
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18

Father, I pray that you give me a glimpse of your face this morning as I meditate on your Word. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth.

Today, I’m reading Isaiah 30:18.

18 Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

I don’t think this verse needs any commentary. Just take heart in the truth of the last phrase!

Today’s reading from A Year With God is called “Transformed into the Image of Jesus Christ.” The scripture reading is 2 Corinthians 3:18.

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

“When we rest in the splendor of God revealed by Christ, we find ourselves changed by it.” We gradually grow toward the divine glory as it overtakes us and consumes us. Our pastor calls this “the one-percent grade.” We should always be moving forward, growing gradually in Christ Jesus, ever becoming more like him. We do not accomplish this on our own, of course, but are aided by the power of the Holy Spirit. “We are transformed into his likeness, becoming splendid and glorious, to the glory of God.”

Herein is the point of this discipline we call study–“to be changed, overtaken by God as revealed in Christ.” If you’re like me, and I’m sure you are sometimes, you aren’t feeling very “divine,” “splendid,” or “glorious.” Perhaps this prayer, quoted from the book, will help. Lord God, with all the mistakes I make on a daily basis, sometimes I feel so far from becoming Christlike. Grant me patience with the gradual process of transformation and help me to place myself in your hands without hesitation, that you may mold me into your likeness. In your name I pray. Amen.

Indeed, Father, most days, I feel far from splendid! Most days, I don’t feel like I’m being transformed at all. But this is not about feeling. This is not about appearances. This is about the truth that you, through the blood of Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, are transforming me gradually, into the likeness of Jesus Christ. I have faith to believe this, in spite of my daily mistakes and shortcomings. I thank you for the times when I do see the transformation taking place. May those times give me even more faith and hope to know that you are working on me at all times, even when I don’t see or feel it. May I truly rest in your splendor, and may I truly be changed as your glory overtakes me. May I also recognize the blessings of waiting on you as you show mercy to me and my family.

I pray for this day today. I ask for healing for Christi, relief from her pain. I pray that we have a smooth and productive work day today. I pray that, as I pray through my private prayers later, I would have minimal distractions and not be sidetracked by my own thoughts and desires, but that I would pray your heart for all that I pray for. I pray that you would draw Stephanie closer to you today and inspire her to meditate on your word.

Imagine being overtaken by God’s glory as we are transformed into the image of Christ. Imagine the glory…

Grace and peace, friends.

“Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.”

*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*