I had the opportunity to meet John and his wife Cat for dinner over the holiday weekend. John being my biological father whom I haven’t had a relationship with the majority of my life.
He asked me how much I remember about my childhood…sadly not very much. He obviously remembers more about our time together than do I since we are talking younger than the age of five. What struck me most was hearing him talk about my childhood, listening to him describe this little girl who always brightened the room. It’s bizarre having a stranger essentially, describe your personality, a quality many still describe the same today.
Reflecting back on the weekend, this wasn’t an easy meeting for me. As a matter of fact by mid day I felt a bit too overwhelmed and lacking in my strength to follow through with these dinner plans. I didn’t want to do it…Let’s reschedule, wait, stop, forget I ever suggested it. How about that Jesus?
But I know Jesus is working in me which also meant I knew I had the strength to follow through and walk in faith onward, wherever that takes us. I might not feel it at every moment but when I need it most, Jesus is there. He never leaves, although I did feel completely alone in the midst of this mid day pity party. Isn’t it funny how it feels like God is not around in the moments when we are looking inward at ourselves and not up at Him? It takes these experiences to remember we can do hard things but not on our own strength.
And that is exactly what happened because I sure didn’t do the evening on my own. By the time it arrived I wasn’t nervous, I didn’t feel weak or un-equipped. I felt at peace with however things went and I felt strong.
It was a good dinner with Jesus at the head of table.❤️
I’ve been reading the book of Galatians along with the First Five App this past week and a few things really stood out to me as I wrote some notes. I will start with Galatians 5:6. What happens when we take out the judgement piece and replace it with a blank? It would read something like this…
When we place our faith in Christ Jesus, it makes no difference to God whether we are _______________ or not _______________.
What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
I think what the Apostle Paul is trying to help us understand is this…what is the blank for you? It is not our job to be concerned about the blank of another. Clearly it is not. I read a comment on this that went something like this…
“I should show them love but I don’t condone it.”
Hmm, this could have been inserted right before Galatians 5:6 toward the Apostle Paul. Or it could have been inserted in my husbands mind as he was “evaluating” our dinner guests. It was only after the fact that he finally understood I wasn’t there to evaluate, condone or condemn. I was there to accept the path, not be concerned with the blank.
This really helped me in my own walk of faith. We might not understand all the blanks but we are no different from one another.
To me this describes the Apostle Paul. To me this describes my Jesus. This my friends, is what happens when we aren’t concerned about the blank.
Only label I need be concerned with.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Loved By Grace,