GOD HAS PROVIDED AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR OUR LIVES
OBSERVE THE PATTERN
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES
OBSERVE THE PATTERN: Eagles hover over their nest, overshadowing their young protecting them from predators. At a given moment in time, the Great Eagle spreads its wings, lifting them one by one into the air, teaching them how to fly, knowing the time will come when they must fly solo.
OBSERVE THE PATTERN: God‘s love for us is the same, nurtured by his love; he has given us an
instruction manual, which is his Word, for living a life of purpose. His great love and purposes for us are worked out in the messes, storms and sins, dark skies-blue skies, and in our daily works and dreams. He is a constant presence, working with us as we “are”- not as we “should” be. His love is like a gentle rain sprinkling on new grass on the dawn of spring.
OBSERVE THE PATTERN: We must get to know God as we build and value a relationship with him by realizing that He is not an “idea” to discuss or a “force” that can be manipulated; he cannot be studied, observed and managed.
God is a force to be worshipped or defiled, believed or rejected, love or hated, in time and place. He gives us free will to make choices, how we chose and what we do with those choices are our own decision making, so we must ask ourselves “whom or what” will we choose? As Joshua so stated, “You have a choice, the gods your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15, KJV).
OBSERVE THE PATTERN: Jesus was sent as a gift of love in order that we may be able to adapt to a life
filled with grace, compassion and humility for one another. He selected and chose followers that appealed to him in order to help in accomplishing his mission here on earth; that mission would eventually touch lives in every level of humanity. His chosen followers were students, observers, faithful, watchful almost always at the feet of Jesus seeking understanding of all things related to the pattern; these very teachings would eventually become the solid foundation in which we ourselves would desire to share in.
As The Great Eagle hovers over her brood, Jesus tenderly shared his message of love with those chosen followers, equipping them to fly solo at the time appointed. His relationship and commitment was so sacred that he chose to share one of his final acts of kindness and compassion by the holy ritual of denying self, taking on the role of servant by foot washing and final sacrament sharing in moments of conversation and reminders of the importance of loving others, adhering to the pattern. The most amazing thing about those final moments together was that he didn’t focus on what was about to take place, that was his destiny.
OBSERVE THE PATTERN: Jesus left us with reassurance when he said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit he removes, and every branch that bears
fruit, he prunes it, that it might bring forth more fruit. Remain in me and I in you, the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, I am the vine, you are the branches. This is my commandment, love one another as I have loved you” (John15: 1-5, 12, KJV).
OBSERVE THE PATTERN: Now we encourage you to be encouraged in all that you do as you walk out your purpose in this life. Study to show yourselves approved and know that your operational manual is the word of truth. Get to know it, learn to love it, and be obedient to it’s teachings. God is watching over you and He promised that He will never leave you are forsake you. May His grace and mercy keep you in all that you do.
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