Posted by: cindybythesea | February 8, 2010

a message in the superbowl

THE HORSES MAY RIDE, BUT, THE SAINTS PREVAIL!

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the day wondering how this day might end; Shevat 24 5770 otherwise known as Feb.  7, 2010.  I have to admit to more than a few butterflies in the stomach as the Super bowl game went into half time today. I spent the first half of the game talking to my daughter on the phone  while I had the t.v. on mute, watching the dialogue on closed captioning, more interested in the commercials being aired,  than  the number of goals being scored.  Was it just me, or did those commercials have a rather dark edge to them?  I wish I could remember all of them. One after another, seemed to have a dark or perverse edge to it.  Here’s one, how about the fritos in a casket ???? That’s appetizing!  Makes me want to run out and buy a bag!  Not!!!  Or, how about the floral commercial,  the one with the  flowers in a box (like they were dead)  What’s up with that?  Is death, the new humor?  

  Then, there were the ads for the latest movies coming out.   Coming soon to a theatre near you –  I can hardly wait!  How about, The Wolfmanthe latest in a long line of  werewolf movie that we seem to be obsessed with, neatly advertised this time,  as “the beast that cometh,”  (Wow, wording like that kind of makes you sit up and take notice!).    And then, there was the absolutely creepy, Alice in Wonderland by producer Tim Burton, ( in the clip I saw, he had a very large and ugly pig sitting beneath the feet of the Queen of Hearts – it was sooo ugly, that I was reminded less of how much I love bacon and more  of how pigs are an “unclean” animal in the Bible – Alice in this version of the story, has not only gone down the rabbit hole, but, has taken a wrong turn along the way!).  Then last, but, not least, is The Prince of Persia.  Wow!  From werewolves to demons!   The  real Prince of Persia,  you Bible scholars will remember, is a fallen angel, who, working under the direction of Satan, hindered a messenger of God from coming to Daniel for 21 days.  (Daniel 10:13).    That may seem like aeons ago to us,  but, these fallen angels are not only very powerful, they are also, not bound by time  –  a concept Hollywood is foolishly unaware of.

So, here it is almost bed time, Shevat 24 having past into history with the  exception of the few remaining hours left here in the far reaches of the Pacific and the worst thing I can think of from the day, was the less than stellar performance of The Who during the half time show.  Obviously, some things are better left to history and obscurity.  Better to be remembered a legend, than to become a laughing stock.  IMHO.

  Last night, I went to bed with some trepidation not knowing what today might bring.  Just before I turned in, I took the time to read the latest post from Garden Girl at Running from Babylon. If you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to do so. (You can find her link on the right side of my page if you don’t have it already). She’s done a great job with her latest research. But, I warn you, it is not for the faint of heart.  You will not get to the end of her post without either a lump in your throat, a pounding heart or both!  And I should know, because I had both!!!!   I didn’t know whether to go for a glass of water or dig for the nitro tablets!  But, I figured either way, the best thing I could do, would be to humble myself and pray!   And, although, by the looks of things  Shevt 24, 5770 has passed without incident, I feel quite certain that in the spiritual realm that may not have been the case.  It is  more than possible, that today a threshold may have been crossed,  the four horses of the apocalypse may well have been unleased, something that while not readily seen today, may be more than apparent in the days to come.

Last night, I had dinner with a friend whose home overlooks Pearl Harbor.  We had a lovely time and we were able to have dinner outside on the Patio.  The night air was warm and the lights of the harbor twinkled below us shimmering in the distance against the pale blue of the water and the dark blue of the deepening evening sky.  It was  calm and serene, almost like viewing a beautiful painting.  I had to remind myself, that almost 70 years ago, this was not the case.  On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, that same beauty and serenity of the beautiful island of Oahu was abruptly interrupted by Japanese Zero planes dropping bombs into the harbor.  And in spite, of the beauty and serenity we enjoyed last night, the waters beneath the memorial established there, testify to something much different.  For any of you, who have been to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, you know the top deck of the USS Arizona is still clearly visible just a few feet below the surface of the water;  water that is still slick with oil bubbling up from the twisted hulk of the ship; the final resting place of over 1000 American servicemen.

The normalcy of our lives, lulls us into thinking that nothing will ever change. Until it does! 

 This morning, the Lord brought a message through our Pastor that I thought  was so appropriate for what I have been thinking about, praying about and blogging on the past few days.  More than appropriate, I would say, it was timely.  The text from which he spoke was Romans 13 and the message a call for the body of Christ to wakeup. To get serious about their walk with Christ as the time is short.  The text of the message  in part was this:

 “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because your salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So, let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light”.  Romans 13:8-12

The time is nearer than we first believed!!!  I took this as great encouragement from the Lord to keep on watching.  And, while we watch, remember this –  while, the horses may run ….. it is the saints (God) who will prevail!   Was there ever any doubt, who would win the game today????    Maybe, there was a message in today’s Superbowl, after all!  

Until next time, love and blessings in Messiah Jesus,  Cindy

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