Every sin large or small hurts those we are sinning against, but I think our sweet Jesus stands in front every time taking the brunt of the damage, accepting one more lash from the whip.
We have all whipped Him.
Romans 3:23 …for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God…
Once we realize, accept and deeply mourn that some of the lacerations on His precious and holy body are from us, we can then thank our sweet and holy and precious Lord for accepting these lashes, because without these fresh wounds and openings we would not be able to climb inside and graft the dead twig of our life into the living root of Jesse, Jesus Christ!
Sweet Lord Jesus, please graft us to You so we might live in You and You may live and bear fruit through us!
Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”
Mark 8:22-26 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”
My mind is a jumble of thoughts as I think of infinity buried in a point where everything on the inside is bigger than what is on the outside, and how difficult it is to wrap my earthly mind around this, as I look at the night sky and feel infinitesimally small, but then attempt to accept or believe or have faith that there is something or some place so much bigger buried and hidden from us in a point, in a second, in a planck length.
And then I am AMAZED to the point of tears with an aching joy in my heart knowing that somehow, mysteriously this is TRUE…
This morning I saw a man stop and offer help to an older woman who was pushing her own wheel chair across a parking lot. It was a lovely scene, quiet and small and probably not noticed by many. I love seeing these small and beautiful moments of kindness and goodness in the world. They remind me that God’s tapestry is full of small and beautiful pictures that we can see even now. I like to think of these small moments of goodness as the little flowers decorating the trim of His tapestry.
I think His tapestry is also full of large scenes of which we only have the ability to see small portions. When we focus on the small parts of the large scenes, we might see what we perceive to be evil. We might notice the drops of blood, a weapon, a betrayal, a death and if we don’t have faith to trust that these things are necessary parts leading up to the overall goodness of God’s scene, His plan, His beautiful tapestry, then we lose hope in the goodness of God and His ability to use any and every action of ours to finalize His beautiful and good plan.
I know it is very cliche to say, but I must repeat what so many others have said before me.
Jesus please help us to focus on the small things, help us to seek out the little nuggets of golden goodness You have sprinkled throughout everyday, and when something bad happens help us to remember that our faith is being tested, and that we must believe in You and have faith in You and Your ability to turn anything all around and upside down.
I placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail, though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
Isn’t it interesting that we are always trying to build something big and something strong to control the waters of the sea?
When God chose a barrier to contain it He chose one of the smallest things on earth, sand. A single grain of sand may be small, but in great numbers it prevails over the majestic, powerful and consistent force of the sea.
In great numbers anything is possible!
Join me in saying “It is Our Best Life”! In great numbers Our Best Life is realized for everyone!