Assurance Of His Love

I believe, that on occasion, God speaks to us through seemingly mundane events, things that most people might not see as communication from the Almighty. Have you ever had someone say something, or you read a passage, or something happens and you just know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God meant it just for you? Maybe it is a confirmation of the decision you just made. Maybe it is words from a friend that soothe your soul, or an article, for reasons unknown to you, that ends up in your inbox. You may find yourself at just the right place at the right time, or certain circumstances come about that leave you knowing that it was meant to be.

God is sovereign.                                                                   IMG_1177

He is in control.

But He knows that we are weak and sometimes require assurance.

Assurance of His presence.

Assurance of His love.

Assurance of His plan.

To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.

The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.  Proverbs 16:1-4 NIV

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Thankful today for: 

*God who is always in control of circumstances

*He who can calm the storms of life with just His voice

*The One who knows all things

*The Great I AM, who is and was, and is yet to come……

*The Ransom from Heaven

*The Rescue for sinners

*King of kings and Lord of lords

*Name above all names

*Sovereign

*One who loves us

 

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A Perfect Plan

Reenacting the Stations of the Cross in Jerusa...

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I’m portraying Mary (mother of Jesus) in an Easter monologue, this weekend.

Mary had the heart of a mother, when she admitted that she did not understand the purpose of Jesus‘ death. She knew He was the son of God, and yet she watched Him be hung on a cross to die. To die. Her heart bled out, along with her son’s. She knew He was God, but He was also her son…whom she loved. “Why, God? Why? It doesn’t make sense to me!”

Today, on the way home from a short trip into town, I was practicing my lines. Her words, so much she did not understand, echo back to my own heart. So much, I do not understand. I have the blessing of knowing that death was not the end for Jesus. I am able to celebrate the resurrection that followed. At the time, right after the crucifixion, Mary did not know…..yet.

Yet.

Isn’t that like so many of us? God does something in our lives…and we question Him. We shake our fists. We cry out. It’s not fair! Why me? I don’t understand. What is the purpose?

God in His infinite wisdom knows. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. He is never caught off guard.

If God was small enough for me to understand Him (a woman who doesn’t understand her own computer), He wouldn’t be much of a God now, would He?  I cannot put God in a box.  Sometimes He does things that seem like they don’t make sense…at least not to my human, finite mind. I feel very much like Mary, standing in the dark on that day, wondering why? I am grateful that God does not require my permission to complete His plan.

(Jesus) “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39  NIV

So, this Easter I will celebrate God’s plan. A holy plan. A perfect plan. A plan that took His Son to the cross, to pay the price…for me. That’s how much He loves you…and me. Redeemed by the blood of the lamb. The pure and blameless sacrifice…

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