"Behold the man upon the cross. My sin upon His shoulders. Ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished. His dying breath as brought me life. I know that it is finished."-How Deep the Father's Love for Us
I'm in awe of how fast the summer has swept by. And to think how much has happened in the past few months makes me wonder even more at the majesty of this God I serve. Days never seem to be as long, weeks never seem to drag and months change like the leaves...one day green, and one day gone. All of it...every millisecond or smaller measurement of time is held in the hands of the Creator. I'm beginning to realize how beautiful God makes our time here on earth...even the hard and hurting times. Each and every moment is constructed in order that another may occur. I was talking with a friend yesterday about how things could have been if we had "stuck to our original plans". It left me speechless.
I remember as a little girl when my father took me to this pond in a park we visited often. I still remember the cool of the rocks against my tiny legs as we sat and I soaked up the wisdom about life. My dad picked up a tiny pebble...one that seemed so insignificant to the plethora of stones collected at the bank. He tossed it into the water causing ripple after ripple after ripple after ripple. He gently explained to me, as his father once had, that even the smallest of actions has a lasting effect. I think I'm beginning to understand that.
As leaders and as lovers of Christ, we have a responsibility to be reflections of Christ's love (check out 1 John 4). And I love that responsibility. Its finally beginning to hit home with me after a long time of selfish thoughts and actions. Not to say I am perfect and cured from this sinful nature...but I think I recognize to an extent that my life demands a difference...in thought, word and action.
And amazing...how when we honor God and serve him with no expectation of return...the joy is indescribable. A word to you all...He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it. He's not done with us yet (thank God)...and with each step we take, those steps are like tiny pebbles tossed into a pond. Though seemingly insignficant, the beauty of the ripples goes on and on and on and on...and on...up until we find ourselves on our knees before His throne where He delights and says, "Well done...come and be with me forever." And even then...if we lived according to His purpose and plan...our vapor will leave a sweet aroma of His grace and love. Its an eternal love displayed through temporary beings...a miracle, yes. But did you expect anything less? After all...the one we call Savior is the very one who's voice commands universe.
To HIM be all the glory, honor and praise. Amen.