I Can’t See – It’s Dark

Teresa Poucher


“…For we walk by faith, not by sight…” (II Corinthians 5:7)

 

  I enjoy sleeping in a dark room — no night lights for me.  ‘Matter of fact, I put black tape on my standby lights.   I’m at that age where I take bathroom breaks at night. Still, no lights. I almost want to sleepwalk so I can fall right back to sleep. 

 

In Isaiah 45:3, the prophet speaks, “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

 

I wonder if the prophet is speaking of Gethsemane and Calvary.

 

We find Jesus in the darkness while in Gethsemane. I’ve always been intrigued by this garden. How intense were the emotions that flooded His every being: isolation, darkness, temptation, weariness, sorrow, agony, and grief. Yet He continued and yielded Himself for our sake

 

  Shortly after that, He was beaten with a cat of nine tails. Metal, bone, and glass ripped His flesh from His back.  Crucified on Mount Calvary before Jesus died, darkness covered the earth.  

 

  While the shepherds watched their flock at night, an angel brought them good tidings of great joy.

 

  Yes, things are dark.  We need to walk by faith because we can’t see clearly.  However, we know a seed was planted in thedarkness.  It is growing.

  Keep walking. Even if your steps are small, when you can’t see the Lord, feel after Him.  He is near, even at the door.

Are you Feeling under Pressure?

Teresa Poucher

Pressure canning is a wonderful way to preserve food. I recently made chicken salad with chicken I had canned seven years ago.  I realize that might seem scary to some, but it was yummy.

Today you may feel like you have been in a pressure cooker, crammed into a jar that was much too tight. The lid was locked, making sure you could not escape. Then the heat was turned up.

 

  Steam builds, and temperatures rise beyond boiling to kill bacteria.  It shortens your cooking time.  Since there is no evaporation, the food has much more flavor.  If you cook chicken legs in a pressure cooker, the bones become so soft you can smash them with your finger.  

 

So don’t fret, be patient under pressure, rest in the Lord, and let Him work. This situation you are going through has brought much pressure upon you. However, it’s killing dangerous desires and evil thoughts. It is to expedite your calling. You are becoming tender and pliable in the Master’s hand. Your praise is turning into a sweet aroma that will linger wherever you go. It will preserve you until Jesus takes you home.

 

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalms 12:6-7)

What are you Drinking?

Teresa Poucher

I’ve heard it said that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already beginning to dehydrate.  Depending on activity and location, one can die of dehydration.  So,what are the first signs? Thirst, less frequent urination, dark-colored urine, fatigue, dizziness, and confusion.

 

  Are you tired, even after a good night’s sleep?  Has confusion left you walking in circles?  Have you tried something to satisfy your thirst?  Maybe iced tea, Powerade, or Coke? Yet there is a thirst in your soul.  There’s nothing like a cool glass of water; how about some of that living water?

 

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”(Jeremiah 2:13)

 

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…” (John 4:14)

 

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)

What are you drinking?

Staying Connected

Teresa Poucher

Very few people do not have a smartphone. Most of us are connected to our phones. I had to get my phone’s battery replaced and wondered how long I would have to be without my phone. We can hardly imagine life without one. We like to think we are staying connected to people we care about. Hmm, really?

 

Do you find yourself texting more and talking less? When was the last time you went over to a friend’s house? We enjoy the company and leave feeling satisfied and connected.

It seems technology is being used to distract and divide.  I want to go back to some old paths.  Instead of getting a coffee at a drive-thru Starbucks, let’s visit a friend and have a cup of joe.

 

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

I don’t want to try doing this alone. I want to be connected to Jesus. Get your Bible, a cup of coffee or tea, and let’s reconnect to the best friend we’ve ever had.

Road Trips

Teresa Poucher

A long road trip with children can start with much excitement. After a few hours, it’s, “How much longer?” Soon to follow will be,“I have to go to the bathroom.” Then the real aggravation sets in: “He’s touching me,” or “He’s looking at me.” Oh, my word! Now there is a detour. I thought this was going to be an exciting and joyous ride.

 

Much like our walk with God, we have our course set and our promise in hand. You were once ecstatic about what God told you and where you were going. Now five, ten, or twenty-plus years have passed. You have settled for humdrum and think,“Maybe I heard wrong.”

 

Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” (Daniel 10:12)

 

Let’s replace Daniel with your name. God heard you years ago; things are still in the making: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

 

  Perhaps you got discouraged and detoured off course. That reminds me of Peter in John 21:3. Jesus had not yet risen from the dead, and Peter went back to fishing.  Was he looking to go back to his old life?  No, I don’t think so; he was going back to the place where he had his first encounter.  I would venture to say it would do us good to return to that first love.

 

But hold fast what you have till I come.”(Revelation 2:25 NKJV

How Many Steps do you Take in a Day?

Teresa Poucher

 

  Thanks to smartwatches, we can track our steps.  We track our progress to get closer to our goals.  

 

The word “walk” is mentioned 390 times in the Bible. I think people in those days took many more steps than we do today. Staying on course must have been important. Sometimes we get in our vehicles and go for a joy ride. We might not have a particular destination; we just want to enjoy the scenery. When my husband and I travel, we make no detours — we have our course set.

  Heaven is my destination, and I do not want to deviate.  There are boundaries and landmarks along the way. It was crucial in ancient times not to remove a landmark, as commanded in Deuteronomy 19:14. 

 

If I walk one mile a day and deviate by just two degrees, I will be .034 miles off. That doesn’t seem like much, yet many of us will walk four to five miles a day. Let’s say you live for the Lord and are just two degrees off for ten years, walking four miles a day. That will make you about 510 miles off. Oh my, I’ve been serving the Lord for over 40 years.

 

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (II Timothy 4:7-8)

 

Let us take out our spiritual compass, the Word of God, and set our course for heaven.

You are Invited

Teresa Poucher


“Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” (Genesis 6:22) ‘No doubt Noah loved God in an evil corrupt world.

 

  The Bible says Noah was a preacher of righteousness.  He was concerned about souls and made them a way to escape.

How sad that the animals responded to the call of God to come aboard the ark, yet only eight souls survived the flood. 

 

It was 120 years after God spoke to Noah to build the ark to save his family. (1 Peter 3:20) Then seven days before it rained,God said, “...come thou and all thy house into the ark…” (Genesis 7:1) God gave the world a space to repent, seven more days. Then God shut the door.

 

  I know it’s been years since Jesus said He is coming back. I feel the last days have already begun. I don’t know exactly when it started, but he is giving the world seven years of tribulation to repent.  He is still calling, “Come!”

 

  Noah got his family to come inside the ark. This is a universal call; will you join in and give an invitation?

 

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (John 7:37)

 

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)

I Want to go Home

Teresa Poucher

How long has it been since you have been back home?  Whether it’s your parents’, grandparents’, or childhood home, there is something about returning home when you have been gone for a while.  When you get to a certain landmark, your emotions are triggered, and anticipation grows. I’m almost home now.

 

So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.” (Mark 13:29)

 

The prodigal feels it, many are getting fearful, and others are homesick. Let us make the midnight cry like Paul and Silas in prison when everyone’s bands were loosed. We are in a time of revival. “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet…”(Isaiah 58:1:1)

 

“…Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)

I want to go home, don’t you?

Beethoven, Can You Hear?

Teresa Poucher

 

  Ludwig Van Beethoven learned to play music at a very young age.  At his first recital, he was only six years old.  He became an amazing violinist, pianist, and composer.  One of his best-known pieces of music is his Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67, also known simply as “Beethoven’s Fifth Sympathy” (see link below).He was already going deaf when he composed it.  

 

Beethoven’s childhood was extremely rough. You can read about him on Biography.com: Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphonies, Deafness & Race – Biography.

 

  So how did Beethoven compose music when he was close to total hearing loss?  I believe he knew music so well he could hear it in his mind.  Much like we can hear a loved one’s voice or laughter even after they have passed from this life. 

 

  The Lord is still speaking to us today.  May we become so familiar with His voice that we can hear it amid chaos, confusion, and even calamity.  

 

  Is your hearing impaired?  Get your Bible, and read awhile.  Play it on your phone, and listen to some preaching.  

 

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2:11)

 

Can you still hear His voice?