The Disappearing Act

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photo (3)One of my favorite magicians is David Copperfield.  I’ve not seen him in a long time, but apparently he’s still around.  I Googled him, and he’s still alive and kicking with his website boasting, “more awards than any magician in history.”

I remember taking my oldest son when he was young to go see this famous magician in person – we were both amazed by him!

David Copperfield has his own show live at the MGM theater in Hollywood. Another magician that I have discovered and have come to like here lately is, Michael Carbonaro.  He is fairly new on the scene and has his own show on truTV, “The Carbonaro Effect”- Ordinary situations, extraordinary illusions.  The show is hilarious, he tricks unsuspecting people in everyday situations.

I even like the 1953 movie “Houdini” starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. I have probably seen this movie a dozen times. If you haven’t ever seen this movie and are fascinated by magicians like I am, I urge you to watch it.

I’m not a magician, and have never claimed to be, but as I was reading in 1 John the other day, this one verse made me stop and think about the implications of what was being said.

I have the ability to make something disappear, but not in a good way or even an entertaining way…and when it happens, it reflects a very ugly part of myself.

“This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his love for us.  This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.  If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” 1 John 3:16-17 MSG

This verse doesn’t say that someone else made God’s love disappear, it says…”And you made it disappear,” by turning a cold shoulder and doing nothing.

We all know those moments when the Holy Spirit has prompted us to do something for someone and when we didn’t…we turned a cold shoulder and made God’s love disappear.  This disappearing act is not the least bit entertaining.

“Papa God, if I see a brother or sister in need and have the means to do something, help me not to have a cold shoulder.  I pray your love would “appear” not “disappear” as I reach out in your name, Amen.”

The Author

Hey glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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