Foundations of obedience laid
through scarlet paint
strokes of love captured in red.
Your words secured in my heart
held fast through clear coated glossing’s
red stains brushed clear of sin and shame.
Deep is the well of salvation
obedience dipped in confession
nails coated red in submission
sealed in waters clear baptism.
There is no solid foundation
without scarlet drops
their imperfected cracks and crevices
removed by acidic cotton balls
of redemption’s blood.
~Marcell Warner Bridges
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A few months earlier I spent two days on a retreat by myself in a hotel to spend time with God. While there, I took the time to paint my fingernails. Then I did my toenails—something I’ve never done in my life. Nan said this special gift is to remind me of my time on that retreat.
Sitting on the bed in the hotel room I read my Bible and prayed for hours. All electronics turned off so I could hear the Lord clearly without distraction or disturbance. During this time He gave me a “nail polish message”:
Choosing the better option: committing, giving the right response
(obeying), trusting God to provide, is the wise man’s choice which
builds on The Rock.
This weekend I sat waiting with a group of graduates to receive our diplomas. As I looked down at my scarlet polished fingernails I smiled remembering two very important lessons: I have a wonderful, precious friend in Nan who always points me to Christ and I have a great foundation in Christ Jesus through His precious sacrifice of blood.
How about you? Have you built your faith on The Solid Rock?