“And often enough, when we think we are protecting ourselves, we are struggling against our rescuer.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
This quote from a book I read recently has hung with me.
So has this one (from Glimpses of Grace):
“When you are cynical that God will never change this or that about you, or you surmise that so-and-so might be a lost cause, your unbelief is rooted in one or both of these lies: (1) God is not able to free sinners from their sin; and (2) God is not willing to free sinners from their sin.
But God is able. The power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead is the same power that works in the hearts of those who believe (Eph. 1:19-20).
And God is willing. The desire that compelled the Father to willingly give his Son for us all is the same desire that motivates him to finish what he’s begun (Rom. 8:28-32). ”
I feel that God has been lately in the process of calling me to deeper, more hopeful faith in Him, more robust trust in His heart as Redeemer, Redemption, Joy of All Mankind. (Have I said this before? mmmhmm…;-) Recurring theme in my life!)
Today I read in Ezekiel: “And the nations will know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” (39:7) A common thread throughout the whole book is “then you will know that I am the LORD.” Whatever He is doing, it is all summarized by his desire for everyone to know Him. I think that includes, but is much more comprehensive and complex than just knowing about Him. It includes knowing and experiencing Him, seeing His glory displayed, entering in to that. I believe that whatever we experience, be it trial or celebration, it’s intended end is knowing some further facet of the character of God, experientially knowing He is the LORD.
It’s been a challenging series of months for our family, but I am embracing the “up” side of it: catching up on some time with this guy, redeeming some over-due date nights, spending a quiet afternoon together, visiting my parent’s small group, going for a walk while kids are napping. I’m thankful for it.
Plus, he’s a super dad. 🙂
Our holiday time was a little rough with nearly a full month of emotional and physically draining sickness running it’s course – but since then we’ve had nice visits with family, enjoyed visiting some of our old KC-area favorites (like Parkville & Westport!) and discovering some new ones – IKEA, the Kolache Factory, the Museum at Prairie Fire. I’ve enjoyed getting back into working out a bit and doing some thrifting/flea market shopping too.
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