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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fix me, Jesus

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore,  “they are before the throne of God
   and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
   will shelter them with his presence.
‘Never again will they hunger;
   never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.
   ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelations 7”13-17 (NIV)
It looked like my washing machine was dead.  It was behaving like it was on its last legs, though I didn’t think that this time was its time.  I actually thought I could fix it.

It must be this way with Jesus.  No matter what our failing, no matter how far we’ve fallen, He intercedes for us with the Father, and we are made whole.  We get fixed.  Can you imagine being one of those, released from the great tribulation, who would serve day and night in the temple? No to-do lists, no chores, no afterschool activities, no LAUNDRY, just praise while we are sheltered in His presence. 

My washing machine kept stopping, mid-cycle, with a basin full of water.  It wouldn’t drain.  It flashed an error code F-21, so I went to the Internet to do some research.  Who knew I could reliably solve the problem myself? I got my DH to buy in to my being a little adventurous….I really felt I could solve the problem, and I did.  I joyfully called my husband and immediately reported that he owed me about $350 (hey, I didn’t go into NYC to get my hair colored and styled, AND I repaired our Kenmore HE front loader).  Laughing, he said whatever it cost, it was worth it.

What would you pay to get it all fixed? Not the stuff, but your stuff.  What would you pay for joy, for blessed assurance, for the knowing, deep down, that you are redeemed and free?

Today’s lesson comes from the appliance section.  Just as I knew (or hoped, against hope) that it wasn’t my washer’s time yet, we are assured that we are always redeemable by the blood of the lamb.  Like my washer, after days of being water-logged, not working properly, stopping mid-cycle, we are still not beyond His love.  Whew…

What, or who, have you written off lately? Did you do so prematurely? What if you had the power to fix it?  You do…we all do…because no matter what has happened, no matter what you said, or did, or didn’t do, there is abundance in you, just like the abundance I continually discover in my continually amusing life.  And therein, lay my evidence, that God is Good.

PS....click the title to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dance "Fix me, Jesus"

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