Two friends of mine announced via Facebook that they had each lost a close friend today, each no relation to the other but both in car accidents.
Which got me thinking, these two individuals both died around the same time, and I am sure that others in this world lost someone around that same time too. So is there a line when you get to Heaven? Is there this flow of people who just keepflowing, standing waiting and asking each other “what are you in for?” Or is the omnipresent Christ just there to lead you home, hand-in-hand walking with you, holding you and welcoming you home.
I think it’s the latter, “welcome home my child, well done!”
Lord, remind me of how short my time on earth is. That this life is not my home. Pray for the families and friends so they can embrace your peace and love in this time.
* Lyrics from “That Ain’t Me” by Lil Wayne featuring Jay Sean from the album “I Am Not A Human Being”.
Scott Rogers spoke at Lifechurch.tv last weekend about how we look at our Everlasting Father through the eyes of what we see our earthly father as. I have pondered on this for the last couple of days to see how this fits into my relationship with both God and my dad.
I have looked at God through production and consequences. I have seen God as accepting me on the grounds of the my actions, if I mess up he punishes, if I do well he is not impressed, if I do better, I could have done something better than that. God loves me as long as I perform. When I fail he is quick to punish and correct.
God does not LOVE this way.
He is quick to love, slow to speak, and fast to embrace. He is not a God of circumstance, or punishment, or a love based on behavior. He loves me (us) no matter what we do. He may allow consequence to correct, but He still loves us.
Knowing this I decided to remove the dad goggles and look at God for what He and who He is. It will take time but you can too. Remove the lens to which to see Him and allow Him to penetrate you heart. Find His embrace and let Him love you.
This week I was sure that I would not pass this semester therefore I would not have aide and be able to continue working on my degree where I am at. God showed me that “Yes you did mess up, and you dont’ deserve to have a second chance, BUT, because I love you I will show you grace and mercy and you may continue what you are doing” He corrected me and showed me Grace. Something only HE could do. I am so thankful for His mercy and His Love.
When you take of the dad Goggles, what God do you see? Have you the courage to do so.
If you are like me you take antibiotics until you feel better and somehow totally forget to keep taking them past the ‘I feel better stage’ onto the totally healed stage. I know, I know this is really bad and makes the next infection worse than the one before. But how often do we seek out God when we are hurting and lost and then forget to keep seeking Him when we ‘feel better’.
I have noticed that through all my trials and stress, I am looking for Christ like He has the magic pill, and when I begin to feel better put Him on the bottom of my to-do list. When really we should be seeking Him in times of crisis and joy. Praising Him no matter the emotion that we dealing with. We should take Him in daily like a vitamin that sustains us. And drink of His words like “living Water”.
I have observed that when I daily reach out to Him, I am much more balanced and able to resist the whispers of temptation. I am healthy and ready for whatever He send to me. When I put God last on my list, I feel rundown and weary. But that’s the greatest gift of grace is that He is still there waiting for me get back into His lap and tell Him whats been going on. He is always there, no matter how far down on the list we put Him.