Tuesday, December 10, 2013
As I grew up I heard this phrase a lot. My "bad luck" was infamous among family and friends and still comes up as a joke quite a lot.
When I married Drew he disliked this jargon. He was quick (and right) to point out that our lives are not marked by luck and bad luck and that God's hand is not to short to ordain each moment and day.
Then in a class it came up again when the prof talked about how God will do everything and anything it takes to conform you into the image of Christ.
I latched on to this idea and has brought me comfort in hard times again and again
This sucks... but am I looking more like Christ?
This suck... but there is a loving plan.
However, there are times when trial after trial comes and my faith begins to quiver. I begin to compare and complain in my heart.
I struggle to see people who seem to have a charmed life with out bump or bruise (I know it's not pretty!). Things just go right for them. I can't understand why this seems to be true based on the every day evidence and yet doesn't seemed confirmed in Scripture that talks about God's love for all people and his plan in my personal formation.
I want to feel his gentle love flowing over me in every moment but sometimes I don't.
It doesn't mean it's not there... but I'm numb.
So what now?
I retrace my steps... back to the Bible and in an instant my heart is humble again, soft again, refocused on what truly matters... not others... but Christ.
I am thankful that this season is all about focusing on Christ.
It truly is a wonder to think about GOD coming as an embryo and then tiny babe in the womb and then born in a manger and raised by humans... WHY WOULD HE DO THIS?!?
The only thing I can think of is love.
Not because some one told me the answer is love but because it makes no sense otherwise.
Why would he go to such lengths to save a hardened and sinful world.
Why would he sacrifice himself for some one like me that struggles and sins in the same ways again and again?
And in that word, in that truth, there is a sigh of relief...
Please pray for us this season! We are on the cusp of leaving for France and many days it seems like if it can go wrong, it does!
We need financial support, health, and a place to live in FR and the patience to wait for each of those things to unfold in their time.
Blessings this Christmas.