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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 7, 2014 - Waiting on the Walls

By Randy Mantik

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins" (Psalm 130:5-8, NIV).

I got to thinking about these verses early one morning. I got up long before sunrise. I saw the darkness. And I sat and looked at this Scripture, thinking about what it would be like to be on the walls of a city like a watchman waiting for the dawn. As the sky began to brighten outside the living room window — ever so slightly at first, then gradually becoming brighter and brighter — some thoughts came to me and I jotted them down as the new light flooded in.

In our walk of faith, we too are like watchmen on the walls waiting for the light of morning. By faith, we know that the new morning brings fresh perspective. What has seemed disturbing and troubling all through the night of trial is revealed as light and momentary afflictions when morning comes.

I imagined what it would have been like to wait on the walls with those ancient watchmen many centuries ago — mounting the ramparts of the city with eyes straining to see into the blackness. So it is in the night that can befall my soul. I am "on the wall" waiting, hoping for revelation and a reason. I watch so as not to be taken off guard in my slumber by the enemy of my soul who is sneaking through the blackness, taking every opportunity to taunt and deceive.

The prophet says, "'Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?' The watchman replies, 'Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again'" (Isaiah 21:11,12).

Will we watch and wait for God, even through the night? Jesus asked a pointed question: "When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8). Will we be found faithfully watching on the walls? Watching. Waiting on God.

My soul waits for the Morning! When will the Day come? When will it dawn and the Morning Star arise? I don't know. But it could be with tomorrow's first light, or even before! "Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn" (Psalm 57:8). With each new day, the promise remains. His Day will come!

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint Assembly of God in Portage, Wis.




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