“Russia’s action today is a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States,
he said. “It is a slap in the face of all Americans. Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia. We need to deal with the Russia that is, not the Russia we might wish for.”  John McCain

When I follow the news concerning Snowden, the whistleblower, and the United States of America I cannot help but think of the many ‘whistleblowers’ that pop up into our lives….. 

Do we see them as an attack from an enemy of the state as America sees Snowden? 

Do we see them as an attack on our rights as an individual?

Maybe we see them as a slap in the face when a whistleblower tells us something about ourselves that we don’t like!

Do we see them as trying to break up a relationship we have which gives us power or gives us our identity or feeds our lusts or perceived needs?

I got to thinking that sometimes the voice or the work of the Holy Spirit can sound very much like a ‘whistleblower’ and an enemy of  our state of being at the time of the attack.  We see this as trying to destroy our security or the source of our security and perhaps trying steel our identity (at least that identity that we show the world).

I wonder if we really realize that we only have temporary asylum/passport for this world/country we live in. 

I recently watched a NZ movie where this horse trainer was describing how he trained a horse to do what he wanted it to do (which really was contrary to its ‘natural’ nature) in other words to come under his will. 

He said he would gently tap the horse on the nose. Each time the horse did not obey him he would tap it harder and then harder still.  What the horse discovered after many ‘taps’ was that it could have obey the very first gentle tap or the very firm tap, 10 times harder than the first! The horse eventually learned that the master/trainer would not give up and the horse would have to end up obeying the voice of the master and do his will.  The horse is then described as being ‘broken in’.  What develops after this is breathtaking as the horse and trainer/master develop a relationship, through intimacy and challenges, that is impossible to break!

I wonder how many times the NY mayoral candidate must hear the whistleblower in his life before he is broken?   What if he saw the first exposing/blowing as a way out to freedom and deliverance. But no he seems to be avoiding the whistle blower even though the sound of the blowing is louder this second time ……..

My prayer is that I would hear the whistle blower the first time and obey after the first gentle tap on my nose, that I would ask the right questions when it feels like someone has slapped me in the face and that I would carefully look at my motivations for the relationships that I am pursuing – is it only gain for me?   I pray that I would always recognize that this world is only a reflection of what is to come ………

Last of  all I am so thankful and breathlessly dependent upon the reality that even though God always sees me as I am He never stops reminding me and wooing me to “see” who I an IN Jesus and the woman He calls me to become! His grace (power to overcome) does enable me to hear His voice and accept His mercy and cause me to respond to others with this same love, grace and mercy to all the others like myself who know we only have  temporary asylum in this beautiful yet often groaning troubled world we live in!

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were not meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care on the one hand never to despise, or be unthankful for these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.” C.S. Lewis  – Mere Christianity

Til next time ……………… Keep looking up!

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