Saturday, January 23, 2016
You Are Mine
Year 4-Day 23: I am grateful to belong.
Another gratitude inspired by "The Lion King" and the King of Kings.
There are times in our lives that each of us may feel lost, lonely or unsure of where we belong. A child entering kindergarten or a new school after a move knows the feeling. A new relationship that may or may not be long term makes us wonder. A new place to worship, a new neighborhood, a new job, a new town or a "new normal" after a loss...these are all seasons of questioning, "Who am I? Why am I here?"
Discovering our role. Finding our fit. These are some of the great pursuits of this...at times... puzzling life. The sum of our questions leads to bigger questions: "Why me?" "Why now?" "Why here?"
We forget who we are. We sometimes abandon the one who gave us our soul breath and ignore his guidance, his lessons and his leading, as we are determined to find our own way. Does that work out any better for you than it does for me?
Our God lavishly calls us His children...yet, we are often determined to make our own way. It is easy. We make it hard. At least, I do.
I am reminded at a thought someone once shared. The first sin...the real sin...was not eating the forbidden fruit. Oh no. It was not. The original sin was the pride and arrogance...or maybe lack of faith and trust...that doubted who God was...that was the original sin. It denied His sovereignty. Not a smart move.
God said: "I love you and all of this wonderful creation is yours to enjoy, but this one tree is off limits." One tree. One rule. One bad choice would change everything. I hate it when that happens...and it still does. One bad choice can cause echoes of pain and suffering.
Our prideful desire to be His equal caused the break in the relationship int he garden. The sinful act of disobedience was rooted in Adam and Eve's belief they could get away with it...and in trusting the wrong voice.
God's design was for us to be His Beloved. Man broke the trust and injured the relationship. It would take generations to make it right again.
The impact of sin can and does ripple through time and space. Sin ultimately brings each us to a decision at the foot of the cross of Christ. To accept or deny who we are in Him... by his love and his blood.
Yes, we were designed to love and be loved. He loves us with a crazy love, but He is who he is. He is love, but he is, also, mercy and justice. We can't just choose the parts we like best. He is "I AM". He is not always "fair" by our standards but He is always good.
When God directed Moses to lead the Israelite people out of slavery in Egypt - he was pretty sure they wouldn't follow. Love this conversation between Moses and God, Exodus 3:13-14:
Long before Popeye, God said, "I am who I am" . "I AM" and that is enough.
You won't always like it, but you can trust that I have your best interests in mind. "I AM" and you can be free "to be" because "I AM".
If you grew up in a house with more than one child, you begin to understand that individual wants and desires do not always play into the greater good of the whole family. Marriage teaches us a similar lesson. Even the corporate world knows that sometimes sacrifices are made for the betterment of the whole. The family of God is no different.
We can trust his heart. We can endure the path because we have been given a glimpse at the end of the story and He wins. There will be adventures...good and scary...but there are rich promises.
Romans 9:25 reminds us that in Christ and prophesied by Hosea - Jew and Gentile alike have access to His grace.
"As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not I will call ‘.’”
That is good stuff. Now head over to Ephesians 1:5-
Today, I am grateful to belong to the great "I AM".