Sometimes I get distracted.
Like this morning.
By things like impossibly adorable baby squirrels perched on the bush outside the window.
And….a wild turkey??! …meandering through the backyard?!
I think the distractions are over – for now. So let’s carry on.
How was your weekend? Ours was busy and flew so fast. Is it really Monday already?!
Yesterday Joni Earekson Tada was the guest speaker at church. I’m not gonna lie – she’s not one of my favorites. But she had some good things to say. Really good things.
Like the fact that when you’re hurting, God longs to comfort you.
He wants to be your Daddy. He wants to pick you up and rub your back when you fall off your bike and scrape your knee. He wants to be your Abba Father. Abba is an Aramaic word which means “daddy” or “papa”. When you accept Jesus as your Savior you are adopted into God’s family. You become His child and He becomes your heavenly Father. The relationship is so deep and so personal that you can call him “Daddy.”
Joni was primarily referring to physical disablities but her words applied to any kind of suffering.
He said “I will never leave you. I will never forsake you.” We can be 100% sure of that because He always keeps His promises. And He uses people to impart hope and help into others’ lives.
Direct quotes from Joni:
Come alongside them. Pour out love like wine as strong as fire. Gods Word and his people make such a difference in the lives of the hurting. SHOW, don’t just tell, them the love of Christ. Affliction can either drive you to God or it can drive you away from God. It’s yellow flags waving, red lights blinking. Let it make you experience the truth of the robust, living Gospel.
You really are closest to Christ when you are hurting.
“I don’t have the strength to be a quadriplegic today, but I can do all things THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.”
James 1:4 tells us that He gives grace to the humble.
Who are the humble? People who need Jesus desperately.
God always seems bigger to those who need Him most. Life comes when you lean hard on Jesus.
When someone I love is suffering, I tell her “I want to stand with you until the other end of joy.”
The man of sorrows can be your joy!!
My Abba Father,
I praise you today for your CONSTANT presence. Thank you that you promise to never leave me or forsake me. Help me to be a blessing to those I love when they’re hurting.
In Jesus’ Name,