Devotions from Judy’s heart

Do we live on the surface or do we experience abundant life that Jesus promised us in John 10:10?  We have a choice to live superficially or live deeply and abundantly. When we had the farewell coffee time for our interim pastor, our council president knitted him a beautiful prayer shawl. At first glance you may think it was just an ordinary prayer shawl but a closer look gave special significance.  Marlys had done it in several patterns of 3 stitches signifying the Trinity. It was bordered by 6 stitches called a seed stitch, which was significant of all the seeds pastor had sown in our midst. She also used a diamond pattern that reminds us that in God’s eyes we are His most valuable creation, a jewel.  The center and the largest panel was a cross which reminds us of what God has done for us through Jesus sacrifice on the cross. Sometimes used is a cable pattern that looks like 2 vines twisted together. This can remind us that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. I put the prayer shawl on Pastor’s shoulders as Marlys read about the patterns in it. But we all took a closer look after these things were pointed out. Do we take time to look deeper into what is happening around us, to see what God is up to, to listen more intently to a friend’s story, to live below the surface?  Let us not be surface dwellers but ones that dwell deeply into Him!