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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

If you want to know more about me, click HERE.

WFW - Come Down From My High


(This is an aerial view from the aircraft my husband was traveling in during his tour in Iraq.)


"...and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah.' For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, 'This is my beloved Son; listen to Him.' And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, He charged them to tell no one of what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead."
~ Mark 9:3-9
(emphasis added)


I know the picture I chose to share today is not of a mountain (as the Scripture I chose to share refers to)...or rather, it doesn't look like it from our point of view...down here in the valley. But since we really can't see the mountains from Heaven's view, like God, I thought this aerial photo would suffice, as this is the closest we can get to seeing how very small the mountains must seem to God.

A couple of things struck me today about this passage. The first is that we see what Peter (don't you just love Peter?) suggested to Jesus as he was just in awe of what was happening and obviously didn't want it to end, so he asked Jesus if He approved of them making tents for Him, Moses and Elijah, so they can stay, sit and chat a while. You notice, Jesus didn't answer Peter. Instead, He continued with the business He had with Moses and Elijah. The other thing I found peculiar is, this passage said that Peter asked this question, and he asked this because he didn't know what to say. Don't you find that rather humorous?

The first thing I thought is "Boy, I sure love that Peter! He reminds me of me!" How often do I say, "I don't know what to say." Then I go ahead and say something! Have you ever done this? Oh, how gracious and patient the Lord is with me!

The second thing that struck me in this passage is that our Lord Jesus, after allowing Peter, James and John to witness this awesome work of Heaven, right before their eyes, Jesus took them back down the mountain. And for what? Well, we see right after this, they were casting out a demon from a young boy. Which brings me to what Oswald Chambers so wisely wrote:

"We have all had times on the mount, when we have seen things from God's standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the devil-possessed and lift them up.....The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time."

~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest
Mark 9:2 ~ October 1

I am very convicted this morning as I take heed to this warning from my brother, who penned this hundreds of years ago: "but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time." I so often don't want to deal with people (God is so much easier to be with, isn't He?), that I don't want to reach out to anyone. I would much rather have "quiet time" all day, never answer the phone, never leave the house, never share on a blog, or anything that would cause me to open up and love others as God loves me....for fear of being hurt, rejected and humiliated.

This is a sad fact about me, but it is also very true.

I share this in hopes that it will comfort and encourage some of you who may have, are now doing, or will come to this point in your life where you so enjoy your time with God, that you grow spiritually selfish, like I have, and no longer want to share Jesus in you, with anyone. When I behave this way, I apologize to those I've neglected by saying, "I'm sorry I'm not working out my faith and being such a spiritual pig and hoarding Jesus all to myself!" And what foolishness this is anyway! As if any person could contain (limit) Christ at all, in any manner!

I'm just a silly girl, totally in love with my Savior!

Don't forget to head on over to Amydeanne's @ The 160 Acre Woods for my encouragement from the Word of our Lord!

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10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing in WFW today..... I love seeing the verse that the Lord lays on our hearts each Wed.

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  2. Sunny,

    What a beautiful photo...what a beautiful truth...what a beautiful heart you have for our Jesus. Thank you for sharing it with us today at WFW. Blessings to you, sweet sister!

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  3. I'll trust that the "beating" up of yourself in this was for our sakes...'cuz I know YOU KNOW BETTER!! I find it rather cute that you are expressing the necessity to "share" more with others in light of what we have discussed in previous days. I think I might have said this same thing yesterday. Grin!

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  4. HA, HA, HA!! You crack me up sweet Amanda! And yes, no "beating" going on here, just confessing with no self-guilt or self-condemnation (Romans 8:1-2).

    And I'm sure it seems odd that as a woman I don't like to "share" what's on my heart very much, but the truth is, I really don't. I'm an EXTREME introvert and feel most comfortable alone, with God. I'm actually not very good with people at all! I'm actually, rather awkward.

    And yes, you did say the same thing yesterday...I think that's why it's still so fresh in my heart and mind.

    I love you so much!
    Sunny

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  5. What a beautiful (and convicting!) post. I love the truths you shared here. Happy WFW!

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  6. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I love Peter too. We both have open mouth/insert foot disease. It encourages me to know that Jesus used him... it means he can use me too!

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  8. I love that you used the photo of Iraq... it's such a good image of what the desert is really like. I was just talking to a friend about the verse yesterday... thank you so much for the thoughts and photo...

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  9. lol you crack me up sometimes.. i love your wordage!

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