There are some things I just do not understand, but this I am assured, our Heavenly Father knows everything. He has the answers and is more than able to tell me what I need to know when I need to know. (I know it is well established that God is our Heavenly Father. I hope not to offend anyone, but for the length of this article and for clarity I am using God.)
I have been hearing this is my spirit lately, We Be One Wood. We are all made out of the same stuff and that stuff comes from God. (Stacy and I wanted a license plate that read WeB1Wood, hence the title.)
Father dropped some "Heavy Revy," (translation: revelation) into my thinking many years ago when Stacy was teaching a class on "The Tabernacle of Moses." It was my very first time hearing the good news and I found the study exciting. In this writing I want to share about the acacia-wood from which God had the Israelites build the Ark of the Covenant. "And they shall make an ark of acacia-wood. Two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide and a cubit and a half high. And you shall overlay it with pure gold. You shall overlay it inside and out, and shall make on it a crown of gold all around." (Exodus 25:10) The acacia-wood the Israelites had to work with was a twisted, gnarled, knotted wood full of imperfections. I bet the Israelites wished that God had given them an easier wood and maybe even wondered why he made it so difficult to follow His instructions. I remember Stacy telling the class, that God was using the Tabernacle of Moses as a representation of Himself to man. True, the ark was made out of a very difficult wood to work with, much like man, but the finished ark was overlaid gold. This gold was beaten so thin that the wood was plainly seen through it. This makes sense in the representation, when God places himself in man, is not man still what is seen by others? Of course! Yet God covers man with himself, pure and perfect.
I just noticed how God made the outside pretty! For me this is revelation. I have been warring within lately as to whether I should wear makeup or not. What does it matter what the outside looks like as long as the inside is what is showing? (I am speaking of kindness, righteousness, justice, you know, the goodness of God is supposed to be showing). After all, doesn’t makeup just cover up our natural beauty? Anyone can become beautiful on the out-side if the right makeup is applied, but do we really want the outside to be that which is observed? Isn’t it only what’s on the inside that is important? Do you know it is a studied fact that "beautiful" people get jobs before the uncomely? How about this, on the average, a tall man gets paid more than a short one. Now I ask you what does it matter if a man is short or tall if they know how to get the job done? Nonetheless, with the ark we see that God has made something beautiful on the outside.
God covered the ark on the inside and outside. Imagine how proud the people were carrying the ark, covered with God. Observers looked on the outside, wondered about the inside and must have stood in awe of such beauty. Remember, the wood was still visible under the sheen of gold. Just plain-old acacia-wood found in the wilderness. A common wood and a common people covered by a wondrous God!
I guess it all boils down to, make-up or no make-up, God covers the inside and outside and through my walk on this earth I pray he is seen in and upon me. His beauty is so much more than skin deep, but then, he is even in the skin. I am not saying that no one should wear makeup, what God may tell me to do, may not be the same as He will tell another, let us each rest assured in ourselves, that it is God speaking the "to do." (I have come to the conclusion that it’s ok if sometimes I wear makeup and other times I do not wear makeup!) God Talk I have been asked, how do I know when God is talking to me, and I say this, it quite often is the voice inside me that sounds like me. I just put one foot in front of the other and start walking, trusting that if God is not directing me, then HE is more than capable of changing my direction. I am familiar with the "road-of-obstacles" and it is my heart-felt prayer, make me, use me, form in me yourself, oh Lord! "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1Co 10:31)
There is so much more to say and so little room to say it all and I do not proclaim myself the teaching abilities of Stacy Wood, Preston Eby, Elwin Roach, ( to name only a few). However I can highly recommend their teachings. The Tabernacle of Moses by Stacy, is up in "Internet Heaven" at www.promiseed.com. Personally, I feel, The Tabernacle, Inside/Out is a good starting place. Our God is an awesome God and he reigns in our Heavens, that is our thinking! Like Paul, I say,"Finally, my brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on these things." (Php 4:8)
(A side thought) I wonder, since much acacia-wood is riddled with thorns, is it just possible the thorns placed on Jesus head were of the acacia-wood? A true representation of why Jesus went to the cross.
Isaiah 41:19-20 "I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant the cedar in the wilderness, the acacia tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree. I will set the fir tree in the desert, and the pine, and the box tree together; so that they may see, and know, and look on, and understand together, that the hand of Jehovah has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it." In His Everlasting Love - Pamla
Truly amazing! Terrie has been ministering in our little mobile home park since she moved here. Many find her countenance delightful and drawing.
I remember when a little old lady in the park would walk up and down the street with a walker, I would hear Terrie praying for her recovery. It was but a few weeks and we noticed that Estelle really moved along with that walker, it got so we couldn’t catch her when she went by!
Terrie and Estelle slowly started building a relationship and Terrie began visiting Estelle on a regular basis. Recently Estelle started to decline from a long battle with bone cancer and she needed Terrie’s help with food preparation and cleaning the home, then bathing and taking her meds, and then Terrie became her comfort in what was to be the end of her physical life. In this, Terrie feels she has found her ministry; assisting those ready to make the final transition. This is a gift straight from the throne of God, I am sure!
Surprisingly enough, not everyone has prepared themselves for the end of the human body by developing a relationship with their God. Not to mention, when the body is dying, it can be scary for even the most astute child of God and human comfort is not only desired but needed.
This calling on Terrie’s life came at just the right time, for Lake County, our home, is mostly a community of retirees. There really is not much here for young people in the way of making a living. The tourist industry is the main sources of income for many. Our little county is a in caldera, surround by mountains, a huge body of water called Clear Lake rests in the middle, and beauty abounds. Our biggest industries were, in years long ago, a mercury mine and a gold mine. Everything that comes in and goes out is by truck, as there is no railroad and not much of an airport, and the roads wind in and out through the mountains. Lake County is home to many elderly and handicapped, who live on an income supplemented by our government. Although there is quite a need for those with the ability to assist the elderly and handicapped, there is not much money provided to pay for assistance. State aid has been recently withdrawn by our governor and businesses created to help the "helpless" are dropping like flies. (No money, no way to keep a business operating). It looks like Father is preparing Terrie’s heart for the ministry of love for a people who do not even realize they are needy.
For all who have been crying out for a ministry or the fulfillment of their ministry, this may be the time to consider the needs in your local community.
(By the time we completed this writing Estelle passed and we rejoice with her, forever free from all pain and discomfort.)
Forever in Him... (Written by Pam, more from Terrie soon!
Terrie and I are both well. We are grateful for what Father is doing in us, through us and to us! We pray His light shines around and about us in our community. www.promiseed.com is still up in "Internet Heaven" and we are still a member in good standing with the Independent Assembly of God International. Our Mom & Dad are doing fairly well, Mom still suffers the vertigo, but is managing with Daddy’s help. Our Brother, Bobby is doing better, after several life threatening trips to the hospital since our last publication. Jacqui and the children are finding provision on a monthly basis straight from the hand of our Heavenly Father. Jana and Stacy III and their families are doing as well as can be expected in this economy. My second to the oldest grandson needs prayer for an attitude adjustment, he is in some serious trouble. I continue with my college classes and am having an easier time with each passing year, I do covet your prayers, they really help! In all these things, we are content in our Father’s provision. It is my hope to soon share all the miracles we are seeing Father do these days. We not only get to participate in them but we are hearing of miracles from many!
We do thank each and everyone for continued prayer and support of this ministry. Your prayerful support enables us to continue sharing the Good News of the Happy God, who is Savior of all and condemner of none. Terrie and I love and pray the Lord’s blessings continue to pour forth upon each of you, beyond all you could ask or think. (Eph. 3:20). You’re also welcome to add someone else if you think they would enjoy our materials.