[God’s ways of reaching His kids]
Two of the blogs that I always read made a rather deep impression on me. It’s not that today they wrote better than they usually do (both are amazing and I am blessed because we’ve “met”). It was rather that God obviously thought, “Hmm, she likes to read, so I will speak to her from the written letters of her friends.”
Bill Grandi’s post “I am a Mess” was first. I have read the opening line and thought “Oh, wow, my cover has been blown.” I did not even see Bill’s name in that sentence. I saw mine. “Hi. My name is Zee and I am a mess.”
Last few months were… random. I cannot even say there was anything wrong. I am tempted to blame the weather because I usually get into this kind of lethargic mood in mid-fall, yet that would not be entirely fair. I am tired most of the time and it bugs me. I am not depressed and I often feel happy, but there’s something missing. I am a mess. And because I am well aware of that fact and I often struggle with the concept of grace… I got even messier.
However, this is where the post by Michael Perkins entitled “Wood Obstructs My View” comes into the light. With one minor twist. Michael was writing the post with Matthew 7:3-5 in mind. When I read his handwritten note, I thought of Romans 5:8-11.
God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Romans 5:8-11, NLT
The wood of the cross shadows us and God sees His Son’s perfection when we see failure. God sees His Son’s purity when we see our blemishes. If only we choose to be in the shadow of that cross.
Even though that post was meant for another lesson, for me it was a reminder that God still loves me even when I am a royal mess. He sees my potential when all I can see is my past mistakes and failures. He desires to be near even when I pretend I want to be left alone.
Thank You, Lord, for not giving up on me. Thank You for not giving up on us.