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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sabbath Rest: Transfiguration

A few days ago, I was quite unsuccessful at getting a picture of the first large butterfly I'd seen in my garden this year. Today, however, they came in multiples and were happy to pose for me. They put my mind on transformation--as they are transfigured from a lowly caterpillar, through time in the cocoon stage, to their days as winged creatures.

Do they contemplate what they give up, what they gain?

This week's sabbath rest comes from Oswald Chambers writings in My Utmost for His Highest. It is an excerpt from a devotion entitled The Transfigured Life.

"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

What idea have you of the salvation of your soul? The experience of salvation means that in your actual life things are really altered, you no longer look at things as you used to; your desires are new, old things have lost their power. One of the touchstones of experience is--Has God altered the things that matter?

May the wisdom of the author and its representative, the butterfly, inspire you this week...

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