I don’t really know why this has been on my mind so much today, but the thoughts of lost ones found, and the love, violent enough to bring them back.
I think it maybe started with our Christmas Card. I was composing our card on snapfish (to get the best deal) and some of the phrases from the Jesus Storybook Bible kept going through my mind. There happened to be a spot for lettering on the format I was working in – so I decided to add some phrases. This is from the end of the “Wise Men” chapter: “The wise men had heard about this Promised Child and now he was here. Heaven’s Son. The Maker of the Stars. A baby sleeping in his mother’s arms. This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And the darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine.”
Because of my salvation experience, I never really identified with Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.” (keep reading – I’ll explain)
I committed my life to Christ when I was 5. I knew then that I wasn’t good and needed God. It was a commitment, my hearts desire, but didn’t feel like a wild and dramatic saving from drowning waters. So, my life has been characterized by commitment and I know what it is. I don’t take it lightly because I know myself and I know to whom I am committed. I value my relationship with the Lord, our time together is powerful because I am fully known and STILL loved.
As my life has progressed swirling, raging waters have caught me. I had a choice to let go and drown or reach for God’s hand and swim. So, now I understand Romans 5:8 more. I do see in life how amazing a gift God gave us.
The lost ones coming home makes sense now as I have lived more and see God’s restoration power at work in my life and the lives of so many friends.
God bless you on this journey through life. It’s hard, but He makes it bearable.
*my family all together*
*our Christmas Card*