When It’s Not Pretty…

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus is a veil for us, as we walk out our paths through this world.  Quoting directly from the message: “I am the light of the world,” but sometimes in tender pity, I withhold too glaring a light, lest, in its dazzling brightness, you should miss your daily path and work.”

As I thought about this, I thought about Jesus ministry while on Earth.  He is the creator, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;”  (Philippians 2:6)  “rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:7)  Can you imagine what we must have looked like to Him?  Can you imagine why He might have wept over Jerusalem?  We saw an example of His righteous indignation and zeal for the truth of God when He chased the money changers, buyers, and sellers out of the temple; even turning over their tables and using a whip.  Can you remember His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane?  “Father, if it be your will, let this cup pass from me…”

Sometimes the ugliness of the things that go on in this world are just too much.  When it’s not pretty, we have the promise of His Presence.  He is the veil that gives us the peace, the power, and the passion in the midst of it all.  That’s what His prayer for us was all about.  The peace of God is ours in the midst of any storm.  The power of God is ours to get things done by; to be effective, even in our weaknesses.  The passion of Christ is ours when we want to throw in the towel; be it on a personal or public level.  We cannot just go lackadaisically through our lives and turn our eyes away from the needs, the ills, the woes of the world.  We, just like Christ Jesus, are anointed to bring the good news to those who need it.  Through Christ, we can come boldly to the very throne of God.  But, we have been blessed to be a blessing to the world He loves so much; the very one we were once a part of.  If we didn’t look, didn’t care, and didn’t strive to make things better, then He would have died for naught.  So, when it’s not pretty, know that you are beautiful, like the One who died for you.  And when it hurts, it’s because you are someone after His own heart.  It wouldn’t hurt if you didn’t care.   He came that we might have life, so we can surely, must surely,  continue His work as long as we are here.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                        Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 10, 2019, 10:37 a.m.

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