Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Quo Vadis 1951
This scene from the movie Quo Vadis was the first thing that came to mind when I read today’s scripture coupled with the quote I chose. The coliseum was beautiful, artfully designed, a masterpiece of engineering, It was a border of art, in whose center were the object of Nero’s blame…Christians! Those Christians huddled together as Nero heard that Jesus would be the ultimate king. In the movie version, Peter spoke and it was followed by the singing of the those very same Christians. And then those huddled sang. They sang from a strength born of trouble, persecution, and peace. Their journey had one last difficult door, and then they would be home.
I am thankful for those who were strong that came before me. I am thankful for the martyrs that continue to be strong for Jesus. Today as you face your every day troubles, keep your favorite hymn in your head, begin storing your praise in those endless containers. They will rise to meet the Creator’s nostrils as a pleasant fragrance when they are released.
Because of Him,