Well, I am still sick – another day of resting at home (plans cancelled, resting on the couch, the whole deal). Do you know what is funny about it? Just the other day, I prayed quietly, “Lord, should I continue with my Netflix subscription? I don’t really use it.” Apparently, the answer from on high was “yes,” since I’ve watch more Netflix in the past three days than I have in the past several months.
Today, I watched a fascinating documentary about Princess Diana (it’s amazing to me how God used her to touch the lives of so many people), and also took in an episode of the Great British Baking Show ** Masterclass. There, I learned some interesting things about recipes that I’ll likely never try (making rye bread from scratch? Uh… no), but it made for entertaining viewing all the same.
But I digress. See what happens when I have a bunch of free time on my hands?
Today, I want to share one of the wonderful Bible passages that the Lord shared with me from the book of Romans. If you’re ever having a “woe is me” day – kind of like me – and you feel like you’re doing this thing called life on your own, remember that you’re not:
No matter how hard life gets – with sickness, job loss, financial hardship, fractured relationships, etc. – God is with you in it all. You are made in His image, and nothing (and no one) can separate you from the boundless love that Christ has reserved just for you.
I think many of us know this to be true, but are we convinced of it as Paul was? I am challenged by this. Am I convinced of God’s love for me – “beyond any doubt” – as the Amplified translation says? Or do I feel like there is something that I must do to earn God’s approval and love?
I have no firm answers this evening – I’m simply raising the questions. I must admit that I struggle with the “doing” (Martha) side of my faith, rather than the simple belief that being present with the Lord is sufficient (Mary).
I chose the image of a bridge for a reason – without the Golden Gate Bridge, there would be no direct access between San Francisco and Marin County (here in California). You could still get from one place to the other, but you would have to go through some other places – traveling quite far out of your way – in order to make that happen.
You see, God is our bridge. We don’t have to go through some other thoroughfare in order to have access to Him. His love for us is so great that He Himself became the bridge over which we can freely travel, and we have direct access to Him whenever we like. He loves us that much.
Powerful stuff, no?
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being my bridge. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, remind me to be fully convinced of this truth. Your regard for me is unconditional, and nothing (and no one) can ever separate me from the love that You have for me. You will also never leave me alone. Any other contrary thought is a lie from the enemy, and there is no reason why I should believe it! In Your name I pray, Amen.
** Note: I have not yet watch the finale of the Great British Baking Show for the current season. Please do not tell me anything about it! My fervent hope is to watch it tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. Thank you kindly! 😀