Meditations by John Dean

Monday, May 26, 2014

Humming With the Angels

(Romans 15:6 Message) Then we'll be a choir--not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

There is a lot more to being in harmony with one another than just the absence of conflict. Even when nothing is being said, that does not necessarily mean that one’s heart is in agreement. As a matter of fact the heart could feel quite the opposite even while portraying a pleasant smile.

Conflict is usually the result of one’s selfishness insisting on having its own way regardless of who gets hurt in the process.

Harmony on the other hand is the result of walking in the will of God, which has a direct effect on how one walks with his fellowman. Harmony is actually the ointment that releases joy, which is not only capable of healing one from the inside out, but also renewing one’s troubled mind.

According to our text, harmony is the pathway by which one joins others whose “lives form a choir that sings an anthem to the God and Father of Jesus.”

Perhaps what Jesus was saying to us in Matthew 18:19 was that it is difficult for one natural thinking mind to come into harmony with other natural thinking minds. Harmony can only be accomplished by Spirit lead minds.

 “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

Because harmony is so difficult for the natural minded man to accomplish, perhaps that is why Paul gave instructions for the renewing of one’s mind in Romans 12:2.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Over the years I have learned much by watching the different reactions of people when they are going through difficult situations. One usually knows how to respond when things are going well, but the test is learning how to respond when things are not going well.

Can one hold together when going through a test or will they react in a fragile way that discourages those watching them? The answer to that question will probably not be fully known until one’s life is over.

I have a friend who went to be with the Lord a few days ago. She had suffered from cancer for the past four years. Even though the prayer of faith for Carolyn went up from our home every single day of those four years, she was not healed.

Even though I was not able to see Carolyn often, each time I did there was something about her that intrigued me. She appeared to be walking more and more in a realm not of this world. As I watched her little frail body move around the room, I could imagine her looking more like Moses (who looked more like God), after he spent time with God on the mountain.

A few days ago the evidence of that was confirmed. When one of her family members went into her room to check on her, they found her humming a beautiful song they had never heard before. Even though Carolyn was still lying in the bed breathing…her spirit had already come into “harmony with heavens choir singing a stunning anthem to her Lord.” Fifteen minutes later Carolyn Sprague breathed her last breath as she hummed her way into the arms of her Lord.

I have learned much by watching how my little friend Carolyn handled her difficult situation. Such grace, peace and faith can only come from You. Lord, as Carolyn was a teacher and inspiration to me without even knowing it…my desire is to be a teacher and inspiration to others.


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