Hello Dot Guys and Gals! I grumbled at the sunlight peering in through the window this morning thinking, “Darn it. I’ve got to go cut some grass around a T.O.P.S. property today.” Just the instance of having the thought brought upon a quick silent reprimand from the Throne Room. “Get excited! You get to go cut grass for T.O.P.S. today!” Suddenly I knew exactly what the Holy Spirit was saying to me in such an amazing way. It shouldn’t be looked at as a burden to help out our fellow men and women… it should be seen as an opportunity to fellowship, as well as an honor. Not everyone in the world had the pleasure of doing some landscaping for a community organization that helps feed and clothe people in the city where they live. I can only imagine also that many people out there would have loved to just have been able to get up and go cut grass anywhere but couldn’t. I appreciated the quick correction and set my mind to thinking about how God sees things so different than we mere mortals do and His viewpoint is an awesome and lofty place to peer from. “Oh,” I whispered back to the still small voice, “You’re taking up for T.O.P.S. today huh? Well thank you and I love you.” I chuckled to myself. I AM is my best friend. Our viewpoint doesn’t have to be the same as God’s in the flesh, because the flesh sees Heaven through a mirror. Everything that we see carnally is only a reflection of things unseen. By the time something happens, maybe some tragedy in our lives for instance, that situation has already been settled in Heaven and the trial already won. But the funny thing about mirrors is that the reflection shown tends to be facing in the opposite direction. Most people think that this reflection is left to right reversed but that’s not true. The reflection is reversed from front to back. For instance, if you look in a mirror facing north, the west side of your face is still facing west. However, even though you are facing north, the reflection itself is facing the south. That’s how I believe I AM can see the upside of a thing while flesh sees the down. Let’s look at some examples. Come here Sampson. I think that it should be safe to say that this hero of children’s bible stories was the strongest man alive during his time. He is usually portrayed in drawing with bulging muscles and long straight flowing hair. That’s the picture we get from Hollywood… That ain’t the real picture Chuck. In real life, Sampson was a frail looking man with a big nappy afro. I would text you a pic but sorry the cameras back then didn’t have batteries. Think of it. We are talking about a guy who killed thousands of Philistines, ripped a lion in half with his bare hands and pushed down two columns of a huge temple Temple of stone and caved it in. The enemies never saw it coming. Do you think that they would have put him by those two pillars if he looked like he could have pushed them over? Do you think that old lion was looking for a fight from a healthy man who was built like the incredible hulk? Most instances of lions attacking human occurs when the animals pick out someone who is already old, weak or frail and sick. Looks can be deceiving so stop looking at the looking glass to see what’s there… You have to look through it.
Then there are the stories of Gideon, the coward who God saw as a “Mighty man of valour.” There was also Christ, who being King of the universe came in the form of homeless teacher. What about David? That’s right… He was the ugliest and most puny of all Jesse’s sons. He sure didn’t look like the king the people expected. Certainly not a handsome man like his predecessor. That makes me wonder about good old Glasgow. (Stay with me on this one friends…) Let’s take a look at this guy from the common viewpoint first. The authorities that be see him as no less than a preaching, political, pest. A fly, so to speak. No wait… Not just a fly. A biting fly. A gadfly. Now a gadfly is defined as any of various flies, as a stable fly or warble fly, that bite or annoy domestic animals. However, it is also defined as a person who annoys or provokes others with criticism, schemes, ideas, demands, requests, etc. In other words, the term gadfly in political circles refers to no less than the great gadfly of old himself, Socrates. Socrates, like Glasgow himself, was a brilliant mind albeit far ahead of his time, who eventually found himself in front of the powers that be in his city, on trial for his life. Doesn’t that sound familiar? According to Wikipedia,
“During his defense when on trial for his life, Socrates, according to Plato’s writings, pointed out that dissent, like the gadfly, was easy to swat, but the cost to society of silencing individuals who were irritating could be very high: “If you kill a man like me, you will injure yourselves more than you will injure me” because his role was that of a gadfly, “to sting people and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth.” This may have been one of the earliest descriptions of gadfly ethics.”
The gadfly is also mentioned in the Bible at Jeremiah 46:20 ” Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly is coming against her from the north.” Clearly, God used the gadlfy for the good of His people then, and most likely does the same thing today. In closing, as your day goes on take time to see things differently than your first glance offers and some one please let me know if you think that Good old Glasgow the Gadlfy of Dothan is the pest the system would have us believe, or is MoMA Tina the mother of a genius? My mind is already settled. Fly well Glasgow, Fly well.
Edward Jones aka “the dot”