The mystery (puzzle) that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:26-27
precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I am awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18 (NIV)
Hubby and I decided to go to the beach this week, since
summer has visited us early this year.After a quick dip in the cool water, I sat on my beach towel and looked down
at the sand between my toes.
The grains of sand on my feet reminded me of the verses
in Psalm 139 which says our Father God thinks good thoughts towards us all the
time.He doesn’t just think about us some
of the time, or the times when we are in church or when we’ve been extra ‘good’
I then lay down on the towel and listened to the waves
pounding on the shore. I began to think about how waves are always heading
towards the beach even when the tide is going out.The waves never stop coming, even
if don’t see or hear them they continue to land on the beach. The relentless motion of the waves heading
towards the beach is reminiscent of God’s love for us.His love never stops coming, no matter if we
are awake or asleep, if we are working or playing, if we are thinking of God or
thinking about ourselves, His love never stops.Our Daddy God loves us relentlessly and with
a passion all the time.
The idea that God is always with me, always loving me and
always thinking good thoughts about me, even when I am not thinking about Him
is nothing short of mind blowing.Don’t
This is love: not that we
loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for
our sins.Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one
another.12 No one has ever seen God;
but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in
This past week saw widespread devastation around the area of Australia where I live, due to bush fires.As I write
this post, many fires still burn across NSW.It’s been a tough week for residents in fire affected areas and a tough
week for fire fighters. Most of our fire fighters are from the RFS, the Rural Fire Service and are volunteers. Without the
heroic efforts of these firefighters, I’m sure more homes would have been
destroyed and lives lost.These courageous
men and women have given up their own time for people they don’t know and who
they may never meet.
I know of one young
man who was out fighting the fires in Salt Ash until 3am, managed a quick sleep
before leaving for school to sit the first of his Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams. (The HSC is the highest award in secondary
education in New South Wales. To be eligible for the award, students
must complete Years 11 and 12, satisfy HSC course requirements and sit
for the statewide HSC examinations. The results of these exams determine the students elligibility to enter certain university courses or some job positions after school). This young man could have been studying and worrying
about his future, but instead, he spent the day and night protecting the
property of strangers. No one would have thought badly of him if he had ignored the call from the RFS but instead, was prepared before the alarm was raised.
This young man giving time so generously,
made me think of the generosity of Jesus.
Jesus came to this world to show His love for
us.Jesus didn’t give a little of
himself, he gave 100% of himself for those who may never acknowledge Him or may
even claim to hate Him. He knew this even
when He was on the last journey to Jerusalem.Jesus was well aware of the cross before Him but it didn’t slow Him downone bit.And he gave of himself generously for our past, our present and our future.
I reckon the selfless acts of these
firefighters should inspire us show love to those we don’t know and to do
kindness for those who can never repay us.Even if it costs us time, energy or money, even if we don’t know them,
even if they are our enemy, because that is precisely what Jesus did for each
and every one of us.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his
Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.1 John 4:10
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be
called children of God! And that is what we are!I John 3:1
I was weeding my lawn this week.I know that sounds insane but we had bindii
and dandelion weeds running right through the back yard. At a distance my grass
looks nice and lush but up close you can see the weeds.I don’t like using sprays and besides, I find
digging out weeds immensely satisfying when I manage to get the whole plants
out, roots and all.
It occurred to me that we can be like that.We may have been holding onto wrong ideas
because of something we had heard years ago.These thoughts may look good from a distance but up close we can see
they are pretending to be Biblical truths when in fact they are the opposite.
We can have an idea that we have to do behave at all times
to be loved by God and if we do something bad, God will punish us.We have it set in or minds “Do good, get
good; do bad, get beat.”
These lies can become rooted in our minds and our lives
without us even realising it. It can take a bit of work to remove them but we
can do it with a little bit of effort and time.
We start to remove these lies when we meditate on the truth
that God has always loved us, even before we knew about His existence.God loves us simply because we are breathing!
And we remove more of these lies when we remember that we
don’t have to do anything to get God’s attention because we already have
Every time you sit and focus on God’s unconditional love for
you are digging out a weed of wrong thought, and every time you sit at His feet
allowing His love to flow over you, another weed has been removed.And
you too will find it immensely satisfying when you get rid of a wrong thought
and realise God is hanging out to lavish some love on you and all you need to
do is accept it.
We all go
through tough times. We can be disappointed in ourselves or in others. Medical
reports can be less than positive, those we trust can betray us, and relationships
we thought were unbreakable can be shattered in the blink of an eye.
we can feel that life is like swimming through treacle: lots of effort only to
end up feeling you are going nowhere fast.When you’re mired in the sticky swamp of hurts, how do you climb out?
doesn’t make things better, feeling sorry for yourself leads you to focussing
on the problem and bartering with God never works.
found that what does work is making a choice.We all have a choice between holding onto hurts or letting them go, a
choice between embracing offense or forgiving the one who hurt you, a choice between
growing bitter or overcoming and being better, a choice between hiding in the shadows of
despair or walking in the light of Jesus our Saviour.
times we have choices.The question is…what
will be your choice?