"An Inside Perspective"

February 2011


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
As is my habit at work, during count-time after all my chores are done, I go to the Chapel. The Chapel is a little area in the back corner of the greenhouse where I have set up a chair and my Bible.

I have it surrounded by a lemon tree, assorted ficus’, a fan palm and numerous varied hanging plants. The hangers have grown almost to the ground and they form the coolest little “prayer closet” you could imagine. This time of year we are very slow because all of the work is inside, so I am able to spend much time there. I love it, I love the atmosphere, and I love to meet the Lord there daily for fellowship, worship and prayer.

If you look in the back you can’t even see me. In fact, my fellow workers, who are themselves yet unbelievers, are the ones who have dubbed it the Chapel. They gave it that moniker because every time they would look for me and couldn’t find me, that is where I was. They even go back there themselves now when I am not there, albeit only to nap, or so they say, but I occasionally catch them snooping around in the Book. ?

The Chapel just fosters my fellowship with the Lord. While I read, pray, reflect and meditate in the quiet of the greenhouse, the Lord teaches me things. It is a sweet spot in my walk and I can’t wait to get there to meet the Lord. Do you have a place where you meet the Lord daily? Perchance He is waiting there for you now.

Maybe that’s how it was for Adam and Eve in the garden. It is written, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day...” (Gen. 3:8a) Could it be it was their habit before the fall to meet the Lord? Were their hearts warmly quickened with the anticipation of their daily fellowship with the Lord?

All fellowship with the Lord is special but there are times when He purposely manifests His presence to us in a particular fashion. Words cannot articulate the sweetness of those moments. I find them in the Chapel.

Have you ever been so in love with someone that language fell short of expressing it? I have and I am. That depth of love can only be hidden, yes treasured, in the heart, as did Mary with her knowledge of the Holy One, even the fullness of God’s love in her womb. We can share, by way of testimony, the sweetness of that love, but it can never really be fully expressed in words. True love is higher than words!

Love and its expression in intimacy is Heaven’s bread. Intimacy does not always presuppose sexual activity as earthen minds might think. I have been locked up for twenty years and I have had no sex. By the grace of God though, I have known the most intimate moments of my life during fellowship with God and His saints: God-given tastes of Heaven’s glory.

God Himself is the fullness of intimacy in spiritual fellowship: Father, Son and Holy Ghost in perfect harmonious union. Our earthly type, expressed in marital union, is but a shadow of Heaven’s spiritual substance that yet awaits us. Speaking of marriage and its union Paul states, “This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Eph. 5:32) May we say that while on this earth, in Christ, we experience foretastes that fall from Heaven’s table? On a glorious day to come we shall sit at said table in the intimacy of God’s love.

As I sit in the Chapel and observe the plants, I am reminded of us. There is such a wide variety and each plant is so unique. They are all at various stages of maturity, some flowering daily while others are flowerless. The pots also have many different shapes and sizes but they simply contain and display the plants. The plants have the value, not the pots. It is the plant that has God-given life. I care for all the plants equally no matter what their stage of development, and more so, no matter what pot they are in. The flowerless need special attention. They require tender care and are most needful of fertilizer.

It is written, “Owe no man anything but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Rom.13:8)

Beloved, love found in the closet is to be poured into others. Let us love each other wholeheartedly without regard to our stage of development. People have God-given life but we are all in different pots. We have different shapes and sizes. Pots have value only as they contain and display the life of Christ in us. We have different callings and gifts, even different shortcomings. Beloved, don’t be hindered by the pot someone may be in but let us care for each other equally remembering always, that it is the flowerless that need our special attention. They require tender care and are most needful of Heaven’s fertilizer, even . . .