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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 51 – Defenses Raised

Sometimes things happen that infuriate me. 

A starving Somali child is given water in Baidoa December 15, 1992. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A starving Somali child is given water in Baidoa December 15, 1992. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Bad guys get away.

Someone gets the praise for another’s work.

Approximately 125,000 abortions take place everyday, while infertile parents are begging God for a baby.

Drunk drivers live while their victims die.

There are 153 million orphans in the world.

In 2011 Americans spent $584 billion on “Christmas” while only $20 billion a year would give the whole world clean water.

Twenty-seven percent of the world’s children grow up without a father. Twenty-eight million of them live in America.

I hope we can all agree that these injustices are wrong and repulsive.

We can get riled up and speak out for justice; some even give their lives to defending the causes of others.

However, when unjust circumstances happen to us, we get a little more into the defense.

Perhaps we’re falsely accused of a crime we didn’t commit.

We want to clear our name, defend our virtue, state our case and emerge victorious. 

Duh.

It’s our nature to defend ourselves and make sure the world knows we’re innocent, above reproach and worthy of respect, admiration and praise.

The thing is… that’s not at all how Jesus did it.

The sinless Savior stood before Pilate as the crowds around them shouted cruel and ridiculously false statements about Jesus, the One who was about to purchase their pardon, and this is how it went down:

“Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But He gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.” (Matthew 27:13-14)

Jesus didn’t defend Himself.

The greatest Man to ever walk this earth, the very same One who created it, who had every right to argue His perfection and unjust trial, opened not His mouth.

“He was oppressed, and He was afflicted,
yet He opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so He opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

He still didn’t defend Himself as He hung on the cross and the crowd mocked Him cruelly (Matt. 27:40-43).

What an example for my eager-to-defend-itself heart. 

I have so much to learn.

Praise Jesus for His patience and glorious example, may we choose to follow it.

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 51 – Defenses Raised

  1. Rebekah-Ann says:

    It is saddening when these kinds of things happen. They are VERY repulsive and not right. PRAISE THE LORD JESUS WHO DOESN’T THINK FOR HIMSELF BUT FOR HIS CHILDREN! 😀

    1. You’re exactly right, Rebekah! So thankful for the truth and person of Jesus Christ!

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