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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. 102 – What if he laughed at Jesus?

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Imagine being an invalid for 38 years. 

You live in Jerusalem and are an outcast of society.

You’re sickly and bedridden and no one will take you to the pool of Bethesda where you could potentially be healed.

And then one day this strange voice is directed at you, asking if you want to be healed.

Well, of course you want to be healed. That’s a silly question. But you explain how no one will take you to the pool and how you wouldn’t need only one person but two to help you in the water, and all the other reasons why you can’t be healed.

Does this sound familiar? It’s what happened in John 5 when Jesus approached this invalid, knowing he had been there a long time.

After the man lists the reasons he can’t be healed, Jesus said to him,

“Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” (John 5:8)

The next verse is crazy:

“And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.” 

Most people zone in on this story because Jesus healed on the sabbath, which almost put the Jews in cardiac arrest, but that’s not what stuck out to me this time.

Why is this verse crazy? Because the man actually took up his bed and walked. 

But what if he hadn’t? What if he believed healing was too good to be true so he just remained lying still on his mat, unable to believe there was another option?

I can imagine someone lame for 38 years laying there laughing at Jesus, “You want me to get up? Oh, that’s hilarious. Make fun of the lame man, you’re a riot.” And all the while he was free of his infirmities.

How many of us have been healed but still live as though we are sick? How many of us have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness (the answer is all those who have been born again, John 3) yet live as if we are poor lifeless creatures without the hope we say resides within us?

May God make all grace abound to us so that He is glorified in our getting up, taking up our beds, and walking in the freedom He died to secure.

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