as i said in my last post, “its on.”
kind of dramatic statement which may pose general wonderings about my level of sanity. i don’t blame you if you have those wonderings.
my faith in the gospel -my faith in Jesus being LORD has driven me to do many seemingly “odd” things. however, when i lean into these seemingly “odd” things, wonderful things happen. i hear God calling to me. and i have to respond.
so i’m declaring war. i’m declaring war against my tendency to sit back in ignorance. to go about my day as if nothing pressing exists.
the only redeeming thing about difficulty in our lives is that it forces us to remember that we must move. painful circumstances push us to cry out for help. they stir in us a need for one another. a reminder that we were never intended to do all of this on our own. they remind us that we are in some kind of battle. and that we need a Redeemer. and each other.
the problem with comfortable is that it gives us the illusion that everything is just fine.
things aren’t fine. this broken world is in need. and for those who are suffering i can hear God telling us something.
“your story isn’t over.”
it plays over and over in my mind. when i hear horrid things that have happened to people…injustice, brokenness, poverty, loss, pain of any kind. i hear God telling me, “their story isn’t over.”
there will be an end to our stories. i think God is coming with a vengeance to bind up the broken hearted and make every wrong thing right. to claim back all that has been taken from every wounded being. i believe that our lives are to be like beacons of light reminding people that the story isn’t over. and i have to proclaim that.
so this is my war. its against my ignorance. my laziness. and my fear. its against all that prevents me from being a beacon of light.
the Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring Good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to those who are enslaved.
to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD.
to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who morn in Zion,
giving them a garland instead of a spirit of fainting. so they will be called oaks of righteousness, that have been planted by the Lord, that he may be glorified.