So today God, just wrap your arms into one big hug for all of us down here. So many of us just need a big heaping dose of what You can give at this moment. For all the tossed, torn, tattered, broken, bruised, and battered, ruined and restless, wearied, wrecked, worn and weathered parts of us today. Yeah, for all of our vulnerable states that we find ourselves in, You alone know how we got there, from beginning to end. You alone are the keeper of our lives, our souls our journeys. You know hearts, concerns, motives, the why’s and wherefores, and in all of our confusion You understand everything!
So after the storms what then God? What then? After the ruin, the loss and the destruction of life itself and it’s surroundings? Yeah, what then? When the storm churns, and our hearts fail us and we grieve our losses. Where do we begin to make things new when we don’t even know what’s broken?
So we turn to our Maker, our Creator, our Grace Giver, our Mercy Giver, our Sustainer, our Provider, our Redeemer, our Saviour, our Care Giver our Life Preserver and our Salvation on the sea of turmoil. You alone God, are Our Deliverer in times of distress, fear, and chaos. When everything goes wrong, and under, You throw us the life jacket and say, “Peace be still” to the storm!
Oh yeah, you and I and we and us, let’s say with the Psalmist in Psalm 55:1 “Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles….Vs. 6 -8 “Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. How quickly would I escape from this wild storm of hatred….ah, but then David chooses to change his focus and trust in His God and in Verse 16, he reminds himself and us when he pens “but I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon and night I cry out in my distress and the LORD hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.
David knew all too well the battles of the storms within and without. So ok, God, right now at this moment, give us all a heaping dose of Your sustaining grace laced with mercy for the roads of our lives that we face today. Give us safety on the journeys we find ourselves taking, whatever journey it might be and just like you kept David in his fear, keep us safely tucked in Your care.
So you and I and we and us, some days we can feel all beaten up, bruised and used and then other days we can feel so unused unneeded and unnecessary. Isn’t that the truth? Both feelings so the same but yet, so at different ends of the spectrum yet very real and leave us feeling not important for this life. Ahh, but you are valuable. Remember beautiful you, that not one of those moments say who you are or define your character. Not one of those moments go unnoticed by our all-knowing, all present God and Creator, Our Ancient Of Days, who knows our end from our beginning. Yeah, not one of those ‘life’ moments catches Him off guard. Not even for a moment. He has them all. He holds them all tightly in battered, nail-scarred hands! Our Lord, Himself was beaten up, used up and still today many find Him useless and unnecessary as they go about their busy lives of searching for pie in the sky. Yeah, He was rejected, beaten, tortured, accused, and used up! But dear one, He didn’t let that stop Him. All of those moments were all part and parcel of the salvation plan and so He took that horrendous treatment all the way to the cross and gave it up for victory when He shed innocent blood as a sacrifice for the sins of the world; yours and mine and everyone in between. Yeah, that’s what He did and how he handled the sin problem! Giving in to the Father’s will was mandatory for the ultimate victory of our Lord. His victory over death and ruin, rejection and pain was culminated in his glorious resurrection and that resurrection power is our grace, our victory over all the unfair treatment, all the used up, beaten up moments of our lives ~ of our journey!! Don’t forget it! He’s been there! He’s got this for you!
So beaten, broken, bruised and beautiful you, say with Psalmist in Psalm 27: 1b, 3, 5b, 6, “The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?…Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked I will remain confident. He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At His sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.”
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So there’s a whole heap of us weary pilgrims, tired and frayed from the battles of the journey. It’s mind boggling isn’t it how simplicity becomes so complex and small becomes so monstrous and way over the top? Yeah, don’t we know it well? Those times when problems surpass any kind of peace, big time and issues drain us and take our focus from the Truth? So, we’re frayed, frazzled and undone, dumped up on the shoreline like a rotten pile of debris mixed with broken shells, dead fish and seaweed. No, it’s not a pretty sight nor is it a great day when trouble comes knocking and keeps knocking it’s nitty-gritty way, well into the days, weeks, and months of life. Where’s God when you need Him most? Why so silent God? Why no answers God? No confirmations and sometimes not even a promise to ease that tired, restless mind into some sort of peaceful ambiance?
Oh beautiful soul, you can know, He’s there, walkin’ it with you, feelin’ it for you, experiencing it just like you and He’s interceding to His Father just for you and I and we and us. Oh yeah, you can know it. All that brokenness, that shell of brokenness that lies on the shoreline! He’s got that and He’s keeping it in His care as He orchestrates the next perfect step, the next best move, the next wise thought, and the next beautiful repair. Your brokenness is in His care. Your fear is kept in His Trust and your worries? Yeah, they’re carried on His shoulders. So let them go!
The One Sovereign God, gave up His credentials to become like us. To walk among us. To feel the pain of sin and excruciating brokenness. Christ gave up His heavenly crown of royalty, to replace it with one of thorns. It is He who stretched His arms wide across the cross of death for a lost world and you and I and it is He who knows our pain from the inside out. He’s got this, whatever it is that’s got you completely undone. Search Him, Seek Him out! See Him in your broken spaces and broken places and heaps of washed out debris. He makes all things new and He fashions them from broken and nothing, and disappointment. That’s what he does. I love how He does it.
Say with the Psalmist in Psalm 63: 1 – 3, 7
“O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for you. My whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You….Because You are my helper, I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.”