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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Even me….

Pass me not, oh, gentle Savior
Sinful though my heart may be
I am longing for Your favor
Whilst Thou art blessing
Oh, Lord come on and bless me
Even me Lord, Even me
Even Me 
by Elizabeth Harris Codner, 1860


Yet another reason why I am My Beloveds and he is mine? We grapple with hubris in our relationship with God. Meaning well, we confuse capacity with submission, believing that there are things we can handle and others that should be left solely to God. We don’t mean to presume, but we do.

God continues to bless our lives, though we have several serious petitions before Him for Grace (don’t we all). In a week where our world is mourning the disaster and loss of life in Nepal and the continuing unrest in the wake of Freddie Grey’s apparent murder in Baltimore, MD, My Beloved expressed a sentiment I myself had offered in prayer…

Lord,
there are so many more in this world 
with greater needs than my own…
I guess I can be patient until You get to me; 
I’ll do the best on my own.
Amen

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? If we believe in an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient God, that’s the sorriest prayer I’ve ever heard, but I understand it. I’ve prayed it. Lord, before You now, we humbly confess our sin, and promise to do it better. Whether or not we rest in this truth, our God IS omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. This I know, because Romans 8 reminds us that we have never served a part-time God. We are reminded in verses 35-39…

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The God we serve deals not in over-full To-Do Lists, though we do. God never wrestles to ensure sufficient time for us, although we routinely fail to make time for Him. In the midst of trials, in the midst of all matter of local, regional, national or international upheaval, we are loved. We are known. We have never been forgotten or treated as a second though. He is always there, always listening, every watchful. We are not now, nor have we ever been alone. We are not now, nor have we ever been an afterthought.

In confusing capacity with submission, we suggest that even our ability to figure things out is not given by God; we are naught without His Grace. The moment we admit that all things come from and through God, we’re on the road to stronger faith.

Yet another reason why I am My Beloveds and he is mine? God chose to knit us so tightly together, knowing we’d need each other, knowing we’d encourage one another, knowing we’d share the same lessons. Moreover, He knew My Beloved and I would have a conversation inspiring this piece, and that I’d write it as a solemn offering. Thank You God.


Lastly, thank you, baby, that we laugh together and love together and pray together and seek together. I am grateful to God for you, and love you more than you know.






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