As we dive into the book of Matthew and read about the ancestry of Jesus, we quickly realize that God invites a whole line of misfits and mess-ups to be part of His plan. and the awesome part... He invites us to be part of His plan too, willing to work with our brokenness. He doesn’t wait for us to be perfect then say, ‘come join me’ — He meets us right where we are at and says, ‘if you choose/pursue me, I will bless you and set you free and use all that you are to bring love and light into this world.’ - Just like he did with all of those who came before... Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Rahab, David.... the list goes on of God using imperfect and broken people to save others and build His Kingdom. His ways are so much bigger than ours... they are limitless.
Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
So we don’t have to figure anything out - we couldn’t if we tried - simply trust Him... and We can never lose everything because He never gives up on us. We are in a pretty sweet spot indeed.
Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I pray today we quit running and we turn around and embrace all the love, joy, peace, and grace He is waiting to pour out on each one of us. Look to Him; He will never fail. Amen.
The beautiful faces of BCS this year (plus an extra little helper :) :