A MAN IN SEDONA WITH MAGIC ROCKS
As I was putting on my hiking boots and getting my backpack ready, a nice lady walked up to our car. She asked me if I was one of those smart people who stopped and got water before I came. I kind of smiled because I wasn't sure what to say. Most folks would know enough to bring water on a hike, especially in Arizona. I told her we packed our supplies before we left home. She said it was probably a short hike anyway and walked away. My wife met her as she was coming back from looking at a map. The lady asked her if she knew where the vortex was. Not being much of a vortex lady, my wife just shook her head and said "No."
After we hit the trail, I was taking pictures while Linda walked on ahead. She was about 100 yards away from me when I heard a man talking to her. By the time I caught up to where they were standing, I could see the man giving Linda a rock. The guy told her that it was a "magic rock." He had three of them in his hand and they were all shaped like hearts. he said they were all magic rocks. As he walked away I told him "Jesus is my Rock. Jesus loves you and so do we!" He hurried away down the trail while yelling something about we all have one love and one creator. He had no desire to talk to us as soon as we mentioned the name Jesus.
I have to admit that I have a bit of a mischievous streak in me and I like to find humor in almost everything. Linda got rid of the magic rock and we never experienced any vortex vibes. We did see another young girl sitting on a rock holding her necklace up to the trees. As much as I like to see humor in things, this whole episode made me feel sad. Folks are searching for energy and healing in vibes and rocks when God is waiting to give them love.
Both my wife and I have had a personal relationship with Christ for many years. We've experienced being led by the Holy Spirit and we've been overpowered by the Presence of God. It's easy to see God in His creation and be energized by His awe inspiring handiwork. What we saw in Sedona was a cottage industry of man-made spiritualism. I read that you can even go into a spiritual trinket shop and buy "vortex-in-a-can."
I know from reading the Bible that all of us are sinners, meaning that we all make bad moral decisions sometimes. Those bad moral decisions cause us to be separated from God. We make good decisions when we do what Jesus told us to do, “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul (life), and with all your mind (thought, understanding), and with all your strength.’ This is the second: ‘You shall [unselfishly] love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (AMP)
Positive energy and vortex vibes won't remove selfishness or sin. New Age folks can be very nice people, and we will love them in a Christ-like way, but we can't give them "sin-remover-in-a-can." The Bible has been proven to be true in many ways over and over again. Folks searching for energy will eventually get burned out. Folks searching for Jesus will find the Truth. If you seek Him, you will find Him.
DAY SEVENTEEN WORD
Proverbs 14:12 (AMP)
“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
But its end is the way of death.”
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (AMP)
“When you enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable (repulsive) practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire [as a sacrifice], one who uses divination and fortune-telling, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a charm or spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or a necromancer [who seeks the dead]. For everyone who does these things is utterly repulsive to the Lord; and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless (complete, perfect) before the Lord your God. For these nations which you shall dispossess listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners and fortune-tellers, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so."
DAY SEVENTEEN PRAYER
Thank you God for creating us to be in a relationship with you. You've made a wonderful world for us to enjoy. All of creation testifies about your personal relationship with mankind. You didn't make us to worship the energy of your creation. you made us to be in communion with you. Help us to stand strong against demonic powers that would pervert your message of perfect love. Amen.
DAY SEVENTEEN DEEP THOUGHTS
- New Age began in the garden of Eden. The devil does his best (worst) to distract, distort, deceive and destroy our efforts to follow God.
- Be patient, be consistent and be loving with all people. Do your best to not take offense if they mock you.
- It always hurts when someone rejects the love that you hold so dearly, but do your best to share the love within you and leave the rest to God.