A week ago today, Lauren boarded a plane and took off for Wyoming...by herself. She had flown, but never alone. Because her brother lives in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming, Lauren had to make two connections to get there. Since her flight out of Washington D.C. was delayed, it was a possibility she would miss her connection in Denver to fly to Casper. The men of our family vowed to not let that happen as her dad, brother, and Hannah's boyfriend made plans to make sure she would not be alone in the baggage claim overnight if she missed her flight.
Last week, there were two murderers running free in upstate New York after they had escaped from a maximum security prison. Though not very close to where we live, we did have our guard up. And last Friday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision of marriage that I do not agree with. Mix in another daughter returning from six months of travel, close friends who have children graduating from high school with many graduation parties and endless rain and storms, there are too many things that cause 'soul noise'. Noise that no one else hears, but the constant "unharmonious or discordant group of sounds."(Dictionary.com) Worry about the future, worry about safety, worry about an unhappy marriage or children who are struggling.
I am thankful I have a remedy for worry, for the noise that can rumble around in my mind. The remedy of the gospel. I don't have to try and figure out what the future holds for any of these issues, because I know Who holds the future. The elixir of God's Word is what is needed to face any day. Diligence in saturating my heart, mind and soul in the Word of God will remind me where my focus needs to be every. single. day. I trust the Bible to help me navigate the pressing issues of my 21st century culture. I trust God to show me how to love and how to live as a pilgrim.
How to saturate in God's Word?
- Read God's Word before you read anything else...newspaper, email, FB, or pinterest...easier said than done...
- Use your smart phone, Ipad, Kindle or Nook to listen to God's Word while you get ready for the day and as you fall asleep at night.
- Before you head to FB or Pinterest read the Bible on your computer or keep your Bible close to your computer reading God's Word first.
- Listen to God's Word as you exercise.
- Read the statutes of God before that favorite novel.
- Listen to the precepts of God as you get meals ready or clean.
By the way, Lauren did make her connecting flight and began her two week visit with Justin and her new sister-in-law Melissa.
Keep your attention on Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David. This is according to my gospel. 2 Timothy 2:8
We all do it don't we?
Try to hide what's really going on in our lives just like we try to hide the gaping holes in our socks.
A visiting friend sat down in one of our recliners, sat back, put up the foot rest only to put it down immediately because of the holes in her socks. I had seen the holes and didn't care. Hey, I wear socks with holes in them. (Don't tell my mom)!! We know the holes are there, but still try to pretend they don't exist. Just like the missed dust on our shelves or dust bunnies hiding in corners. All of our homes have missed cobwebs, hardwood floors that show every speck of dust when the sun shines on them or dirty windows that can't be washed because of unending winters, piles of laundry and unopened mail. There are dishes in the sink, beds unmade and messy closets. Holes we think define us when seen.
Even worse than household chores that go undone are the heart holes that can easily be hidden. Heart holes of bad marriages, rebellious children, siblings who live a lifestyle we don't agree with, depression or a past we try to hide. We think we can put on a smile, put our best foot forward and no one will ever know the holes in our hearts that tear at us everyday, letting the bad define us.
I'm not suggesting we tell the whole world what is breaking our hearts, or the past needs to be re-lived. I'm not saying your home needs to look like Martha Stewart's. We all do it, home holes or heart holes we believe define us. But they don't.
Do you know you are accepted(John 15:15; Ephesians 1:6) when your house is messy, or your heart is breaking over bad decisions made as a young adult? Do you know you are immersed in Jesus Christ(Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4)? Do you realize you don't have to live in darkness, but God wants to take you out of that domain of darkness? (Colossians 1:13,14)There is freedom in not hiding the holes of our hearts. Jesus Christ has redeemed your heart holes.
He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2
Walking into a restaurant during the holidays, I spotted a couple that seemed so happy. It isn't often you see a couple sitting next to one another on the same side of the booth. We were led to our own table and
gazing into one another's eyes gazed at the menu and placed our order. It was hard to not look at this couple who acted as if they were the only 2 people in the place. I wanted to not look as they leaned into each other, shared holiday photos from their phones and put their arms around one another. I looked away many times. I wanted to stand up and shout 'stop it' when they stole a kiss when they thought no one was looking. All the while, we enjoyed our lunch, Rob assuming he had my undivided attention. But my eyes and thoughts were elsewhere as I struggled... because the couple were
My struggles that day and today are how to engage my culture, my Jerusalem, with the gospel, especially those who struggle with same sex attraction. I certainly had no business prancing over to their booth and telling them how offended I was.
the next struggle..I found myself desensitized...using the excuse that it's their business and not mine.
I've written here about a high school friend who is gay. I had two opportunities to love her and I have failed. If I find the post I will link to it.
I don't want to be the Christian who sits in the pew every week listening to how God's Word and the gospel changes lives, primarily mine, and then judge and point fingers Monday-Saturday. We're all sinners. The same grace and mercy extended to me 39 years ago is no different for those who find themselves in a gay relationship or struggle with same sex attraction or addicted to porn, or gossiping, not loving my husband and children, or anger or _________________________________(1 Corinthians 6:11)
Thirty nine years ago I was a sinner who was separated from God, I needed a Savior, I needed to be rescued from the domain of darkness.
The same Jesus who died and rose again making a way for me to be made right with God is the same Jesus who died for all sins.
Let us not peer over menus in a restaurant or point fingers in our hearts but love as Christ loved.
The Gospel for A Gay Friend