On my mind today is the fact we are having Spring-like weather, yet snow is forecast for this weekend. We've not had snow all winter... Hello! Welcome to the Midwest!
In any event, it looks like Saturday would be a good SOUP day. I love feeding my people soup. So warm and comforting ... so easy ... and there is just something about chopping up all those veggies as I listen to Pandora. It makes my heart happy.
Something else that makes my heart happy - this passage I read the other day in the book, "Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship by N.T. Wright:
Do you know what the most frequent command in the Bible turns out to be? What instruction, what order, is given, again and again, by God, by angels, by Jesus, by prophets and apostles? What do you think ‘ “Be good”? “Be holy, for I am holy?” Or negatively, “Don’t sin? Don’t be immoral? No the most frequent command in the Bible is: “Don’t be afraid.” Don’t be afraid. Fear not. Don’t be afraid.”
The fact God tells His children, "Don't be afraid," more than any other command just really resonates with me. How loving! How kind! And how surprising! I figured His most repeated admonition would be some variation of "Get it together," or, "Quit messing up!"
Don't get me wrong. He is holy. And sin cannot be in His presence. But He made a way for for the righteousness of Christ to be the lens through which He looks at you.
All you have to do is turn from your sin and accept it!
Once that is done, there is no more reason to fear.
And that, my friend, is enough to make this morning and every morning a good day. Oh, yeah, there's still going to be tests, trials and struggles. We're not in paradise, yet.
But seriously, if you are convinced He is absolutely committed to you as His child, why in the world would you be afraid?
And randomly, because this has nothing to do with anything, I was going through some pictures and realized this picture of Malia is similar to a picture of me as a teenager:
I never once thought before that we looked anything alike ... but now I see it! (Except one of us parted her hair on the wrong side...)
So what does your morning look like?
I'm sharing this post with the communities at Arabah Joy's Grace & Truth and Crystal Twaddell's #FreshMarketFriday. Go visit - you won't be disappointed!