Christmas morning I sat looking out the window at a winter wonderland of snow sparkling with the sunrise. I spotted an icicle hanging from the rooftop and thought to myself, “I wanna be an Icicle.”
Now, if you know me, you know just how cold blooded I am and just how ridiculous that statement sounds coming from me. However, I was talking to myself in a figurative sense and thinking of my Christian walk.
Like an icicle, I want to be rooted on things above, not things of this earth. I want to have a firm foundation over my head, filled with love and strength from above. As the Apostle Paul prayed for the Church in Ephesus:
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
I want to be rooted in the unconditional love of God. I want to Always Remember my only true & solid foundation is from above. I want that foundation to grow in me and become the thick base of an unshakable fact connecting me to God.
Also, like an icicle, I want to be renewed and grow with living water. My mind can often focus on the wrong things and take my spirit to dark corners. But, when my mind is focused on Jesus, it is constantly renewed. Like the icicle with water running over it, I want the pure water of life running over me and renewing my heart and mind. I want to allow that pure water to transform and continually refresh my spirit, helping me grow stronger in my faith. As it says in Romans:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Jesus is Living Water and I want His Holy Spirit to flow through me so I can be continually renewed. As I yield to His current, I get stronger and am better able to show His love to this world. Jesus said in John:
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
I also want to shine like an icicle. I want to reflect the beauty of my Heavenly Father and the pure grace and love that He offers me. I want to shine transparently, letting others see that a Christian life is not a perfect and trouble free life, but that it is a peaceful life because I know that whatever happens, I am secure in Christ. I know I’ll have trouble in this life, Jesus told me Himself:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I will have troubles, in fact, have had many troubles in my life, but I walk confidently and live in Peace because I know where my worth and safety come from. They come only from above and regardless of what this world throws at me, I will NOT grumble, complain or be shaken. Rather, I will share the comfort I have received with others to strengthen them in their walks and I will be prepared to share the reason for the hope I reflect.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
Overall, I want to be an icicle for God because, to me, that says I want to be a strong Warrior weapon for Christ, rooted in love, renewed and built up by His Living Water and shining for Him.
How about you? Are you trying to root down in the muck and grow upside down based on worldly ways and thoughts? That is like an icicle growing from the ground up, ever seen that? Nope. Not going to happen, my friend. So, instead, join me as a fellow icicle. Flip your script, tie to things of Heaven and watch your mind, life and world transform.
Blessings and love,