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“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Broken and Bent

 by Macy Johnson


“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

(Psalm 34:18 NIV)

 

Something was wrong with an old crown on a back tooth. A sharp edge was poking into my cheek. The irritation distracted me from routine tasks and absorbed my thoughts. I googled “what to do about sharp edges on teeth.” It was suggested I smooth it with a nail file. I tried that with little luck, since the crown was at least thirty years old and crafted out of metal, not softer porcelain.

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Watched

 by Macy Johnson


“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

(Luke 12:7 NIV)

 

I enjoyed watching “The Truman Show” one night with my husband. In the 1998 film, Truman (Jim Carrey) was the star of a television show that aired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Over five thousand cameras in a small town on an isolated island gave viewers insight into everything he did. They spied on Truman’s every-day comings and goings.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Living in Limbo

 by Macy Johnson


“The creation waits in eager expectation

for the sons of God to be revealed.”

(Romans 8:19 NIV)

 

I waited for a response from a dear friend. My next move depended on her reply. In resolve, I turned to my husband and said, “Guess I’ll be in limbo for a while.” He tossed back at me, “We live in limbo!”

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Linger Longer

 by Macy Johnson


“When the Samaritans came to Jesus,

they urged him to stay with them,

and he stayed two days.”

(John 4:40 NIV)

 

There is a street named Linger Longer Road in the center of my community’s lake area. I often wondered how a street could be named for what I thought was a colloquial saying. I believe the meaning behind Linger Longer Road is to encourage visitors to remain in the resorts and relax. When I cross that street at a very busy intersection I am tempted to laugh out loud. The cars and trucks that speed up to cut in front of others are not about to linger longer on Linger Longer Road!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

God's Garden

 by Macy Johnson


“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation:

seed-bearing plants and trees on the land

that bear fruit with seed in it,

according to their various kinds.’

And it was so.”

(Genesis 1:11 NIV)

 

My husband and I like to sit on our deck in the afternoon and watch hummingbirds and butterflies swarm around the monster-sized Lantanas nearby. I loved these plants as a child. The different color petals on the same flower enticed me to create tiny bouquets.

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Step Aside

 by Macy Johnson


“But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body,

every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”

(1 Corinthians 12:18 NIV)

 

Sometimes I have to back off and let others fill in the gaps I leave behind. I remind myself I cannot be everything to everyone. It is good to be a cheerleader in the background and encourage others in their service.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Joy in the Journey

 by Macy Johnson


“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,

do it all for the glory of God.”

(1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)

 

One of my favorite songs from the late 1980’s is Michael Card’s “Joy in the Journey.”

There is a joy in the journey

There’s a light we can love on the way

There is a wonder and wildness to life

And freedom for those who obey

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Stove-up

by Macy Johnson


“My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever.”

(Psalm 73:26 NIV)

 

I chatted with a friend after playing Bridge one afternoon. She told me her daughter had visited and helped with chores around her house. Thankful for the encouragement after her accident, my friend graciously was able to back away from opportunities to physically move and stay active. Unfortunately, as a result, she was stove-up. The dear friend standing before me struggled to move, even to take simple steps.   

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Love's Power

 by Macy Johnson


“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,

but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

(2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)

 

I asked my daughter to complete a “Grandparent Medical Consent” form. We planned to take our granddaughter camping with us and I wanted to be prepared for any potential emergency. I never dreamed I would be the one rushed to the hospital.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Out of the Blue

by Macy Johnson


“At this, she (Mary) turned around

and saw Jesus standing there,

but she did not realize that it was Jesus.”

(John 20:14 NIV)

 

I recently traded my ten-year-old Toyota for a two-year-old Chevrolet. I enjoyed driving the same model many years ago and am thrilled with my “new” one. It was on our bucket list and the timing was right.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Medical Emergency

 by Macy Johnson


“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,

for in you my soul takes refuge.

I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings

until the disaster has passed.”

(Psalm 57:1 NIV)

 

I woke up Monday morning in the campground with cramps in my abdomen. My inflamed appendix did not put a damper on my day with my husband and granddaughter. We kayaked and swam on Clarks Hill Lake. I woke up at midnight in pain. We arrived at the emergency room near my home at 3 am, and I was transported six hours later to a hospital ninety minutes away. My thoughts were, “Lord, if it is your will, please help me get through this.”

Friday, July 15, 2022

New Life

by Macy Johnson


“There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies;

but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind,

and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.”

(1 Corinthians 15:40 NIV)

 

A fuzzy caterpillar crossed my path one morning. Later in my walk, a butterfly landed on my shoulder. God doubly reminded me of the passage I had read that morning during my devotions. Paul told the new church about the resurrection of the dead in the book of 1 Corinthians. New life springs from death, like a tree grows from a single seed.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The Habit of Worship

by Macy Johnson


“All the angels were standing around the throne

and around the elders and the four living creatures.

They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God.”

(Revelation 7:11 NIV)

 

A young woman climbed on board a train and sat next to an elderly woman. “Where are you going?” she asked. I tossed that visual in my mind for several minutes before I asked myself the same question, “Where am I going? Where is the Holy Spirit leading me?”

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

My Cup

 by Macy Johnson


“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

(Psalm 23:5 NIV)

 

“Nana, what does that mean?” my granddaughter asked as she pointed to the imprinting across my green shirt. “My cup runneth over means I have more than enough. God blesses me with more than I want.” I replied. “It is from the Psalm about a shepherd who provides for his sheep.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Mexican Train

by Macy Johnson


“Make every effort to add to your faith goodness;

and to goodness, knowledge.”

(2 Peter 1:5 NIV)

 

I was seated at a large round table in the youth’s fellowship hall of our church. Friends, young and old, were gathered that Wednesday afternoon to play dominoes. It was a fun, relaxing time to make new friends and maintain lasting relationships.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Just Enough

by Macy Johnson


“But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

(Luke 7:35 NIV)

 

One of my favorite lines in the movie, Amadeus, was spoken by Emperor Joseph II. “Too many notes, dear Mozart, too many notes!” he said after a performance in Vienna. Mozart replied, “Just as many as necessary, Your Majesty.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Expired

by Macy Johnson


“Go up to Gilead and get balm, O Virgin Daughter of Egypt.

But you multiply remedies in vain; there is no healing for you.”

(Jeremiah 46:11 NIV)

 

My husband and I wanted a new primary care doctor who would provide personalized assistance. Frustrations arose from being examined by nurse practitioners only. We searched for an astute physician whom we could trust.

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

For the Good

by Macy Johnson


“And we know that in all things God works

for the good of those who love Him,

who have been called according to His purpose.”

(Romans 8:28 NIV)

 

A cousin adopted a beautiful baby. What could have resulted in a tragic birth turned into a blessing for the family in many ways.

 

An aunt is nearing her ninetieth birthday. Her children found someone, a God-send, to spend several hours a day with her. Not only does this new companion drive the aunt to appointments and an outing, she has become a friend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

On Vacation!

 by Macy Johnson


“I removed the burden from their shoulders;

their hands were set free from the basket.”

(Psalm 81:6 NIV) 

 

I cradled a cup of coffee in my hands one morning while I enjoyed the birds singing and the water glistening in the sun. Suddenly God spoke to me. He said, “You’re on vacation!” An unexpected peace came over me and I imagined myself sitting on a beach. I realized I had allowed myself to get bogged down with worry - trying to control this and that. He reminded me life is a gift. Every day is a free gift to enjoy in communication with Him.

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Best for Last

 by Macy Johnson


“He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;

yet they cannot fathom what God has done

from beginning to end.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)

 

It is a recurring dream. I am at the piano with the Phyllis Merritt Singers nearby. The concert is nearly over after I play a few piano solos. Suddenly, my music falls into a pile on the floor next to the piano bench. Phyllis asks, “Was that your final selection?” I reply as I frantically dig through the music, “No, I’ll find it. I saved the best for last!” Then I wake up.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Focus! Focus! Focus!

 by Macy Johnson


“Set your minds on things above,

not on earthly things.”

(Colossians 3:2 NIV)

 

“Lord, please help me juggle all these goings-on so they don’t land on my head,” I pleaded. I cannot juggle balls like my son can, but I find myself often dealing with many activities at a time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Small World

 by Macy Johnson


“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.”

(Psalm 139:1 NIV)

 

January 20, 1945 is a date my family will always remember. Most of Europe was in the middle of World War II and the United States sent troops overseas to assist in the struggle. Daddy was a paratrooper at Fort Benning waiting for his deployment. He and my mother were huddled in a Justice of the Peace’s office in Columbus, Georgia with a small family gathering to witness their wedding vows.

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Wisdom to Wait

by Macy Johnson


“The plans of the diligent lead to profit

as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

(Proverbs 21:5 NIV)

 

King Solomon, the author of Proverbs, knew something about waiting. Although he had a slew of wives and beautiful palaces, I believe he humbly trusted his Lord to provide success. God blessed him with amazing wisdom to wait on Him.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

No Excuse

 by Macy Johnson


“The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me –

she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’”

(Genesis 3:12 NIV)

 

It was the summer of 1970. My brother took a long surfing trip with friends and left his 1969 Ford Mustang for me to drive. It wasn’t long before an Escambia County deputy pulled me over. “Your inspection sticker has expired,” he told me. I tried to wiggle out of the citation by explaining that it wasn’t my car. I was sentenced to four weeks of driver’s education classes in the basement of the Baptist Hospital.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

You Did!

by Macy Johnson


“Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!”

(2 Samuel 12:7 NIV)

 

I was in an accident a short while after receiving my driver’s license. As I calmly drove down Government Street near Seville Square in Pensacola, Florida, suddenly an old, ratty, dilapidated car pulled out from a side street and hit my mother’s car on the front right fender. We both got out of our vehicles and the elderly driver from the offending car ambled over to me and asked, “Who hit your car?” “You did!” I exclaimed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Sabbath Rest

by Macy Johnson


“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

(Exodus 20:8 NIV)

 

Sunday morning is my favorite time of the week. I wake early to read the Bible and talk with God before getting ready to attend worship.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

By Faith

by Macy Johnson


“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,

so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

(Hebrews 11:3 NIV)

 

“We don’t need one of those,” my husband said. Retirement has put us in a new world and given us new mindsets. When we were both employed we needed more stuff, or we thought we did.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

I Am

 by Macy Johnson


“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.

This is what you are to say to the Israelites:

I AM has sent me to you.’”

(Exodus 3:14 NIV)

 

I have pondered the name of God in order to achieve a deeper, stronger relationship with my Creator.

 

Jonathan Cahn’s writings seek to explain spiritual obscurities. In “The Book of Mysteries” he claims we say God’s name all the time. YHVH (Yahweh) translates into “I Am.” When we speak of ourselves, we say God’s name first, because our existence comes from His existence. “I am Macy” translates to “God Macy.”

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

What Was I Thinking?

 by Macy Johnson


“Reflect on what I am saying,

for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”

(2 Timothy 2:7 NIV)

 

One of my mother’s favorite phrases was, “What were you thinking?” I remember her words when I consider a move or a big change.

 

There was a dead skunk in the middle of the highway near our street. I had avoided it for two days and pointed it out to my husband on the way to the Chinese restaurant one evening. I felt badly for our neighbor who lives near the highway and would suffer from the stench.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Listen Up!

by Macy Johnson


“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;

Pay attention and gain understanding.”

(Proverbs 4:1 NIV)

 

My four-year-old cell phone was fine, but my husband was having problems with his. “God,” I prayed, “Please let me know when it is your will to replace our phones.” Not long after that prayer Jeff announced he was ready to release his cell phone to the trade-in pile.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

From Her Garden

 by Macy Johnson


“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,

which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,

will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

(Matthew 6:30 NIV)

 

I walk a new route. Rather than stay close to home, I now walk one mile to the highway and back. It is hilly and takes a little longer, but this new path is much more satisfying. My husband walked with me the first few times, but one particular morning he had an appointment to recommend tree and foliage placement at a German immigrant’s horse farm nearby.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Elaeagnus

 by Macy Johnson


“But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came

and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.”

(Matthew 13:25 NIV)

 

While camping recently at High Falls State Park in Georgia, my husband and I hiked the Tranquility Trail. For Jeff, it was anything but tranquil. Around every bend in the path he pointed out invasive plants. “Elaeagnus is everywhere,” he noted. Later that afternoon he reported his findings to the park office and met with a grounds employee to discuss. Jeff does not take his calling as Master Gardener lightly.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

When Tragedy Strikes

 by Macy Johnson


“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.”

(John 16:33 NIV)

 

What is a tragedy? What may be catastrophic for one person could be a walk in the park for another.

 

I recently mourned the sudden death of two friends. One was a fellow musician and the other a bridge partner. In one sense their deaths were tragic, but in another I rejoiced for them at the thought of seeing Jesus face-to-face!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Words of Life

by Macy Johnson


“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

(John 1:14 NIV)

 

Frances Havergal (1836-1879) composed the words to the hymn, “Lord, Speak to Me.” She commented, “If I am to write to any good, a great deal of living must go to a very little writing. Every word comes from God. He speaks to us so we may speak to others.” Frederick Buechner, a Presbyterian minister, wrote, “Jesus didn’t come to merely speak words that were true. He is the Word that makes us true.” “Wonderful Words of Life” was composed by Philip P. Bliss in the late 1800’s. He wrote, “Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life, wooing us to heaven.”

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Keep Watch

 by Macy Johnson


“Therefore keep watch,

because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

(Matthew 24:42 NIV)

 

My husband, Jeff, and I recently watched “The Tomorrow War” on Amazon Prime Video. Young soldiers suddenly appeared from thirty years into the future to ask their parents to help them fight a war against alien invaders. Citizens, destined to die before the war even began, were drafted and sent into battle with weapons and minimal combat training. It was a doomed endeavor.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Daddy's Letters

by Macy Johnson


“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you

will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.”

(Philippians 1:6 NIV)

 

My new transcription project has been simmering for the better part of this past century. I recently brought it to life and turned up the heat.

 

After my father’s death in 2003 I was gifted the letters he had written to his family over a span of fifty years. My daughter, Libby, and I labored one weekend to put hundreds of documents in chronological order in large, oversized notebooks.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Beacon of Hope

 by Macy Johnson


“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,”

but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”

(James 2:15-16 NIV)

 

The choir loft was filling for Wednesday night’s rehearsal. Seated at the piano, I was thumbing through the new music from Kathleen, our director, when one of the members came in and announced, “There’s a lady who needs our help.”

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Muffin Pan

 by Macy Johnson


“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places,

so that you may know that I am the Lord,

the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

(Isaiah 45:3 NIV)

 

Do you know the Muffin Man?” The tune to that children’s song swirled in my brain as I made rounds to close up the house for the night. But my words instead were, “Have you seen my muffin pan?”

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Special Delivery

by Macy Johnson


“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:

‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

(Acts 20:35 NIV)

 

Who doesn’t look forward to a package arrival? Jeff and I were watching a college basketball game late one night when we heard someone at our front door. Several packages were dropped off in the middle of a rainstorm.