I just wanted to let you know I am taking a couple of weeks off from blogging before the BSF’s study of the Book of Acts begins. I’ll leave you with a beautiful picture to contemplate where it may take you.
Have a good rest of your summer!
“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”
Exodus 14:21-22 “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. “
The parting of the Red Sea finalized God’s redemption of his people from slavery in Egypt. It also showed the greater spiritual reality of God’s redemption from our slavery to sin through the work of Christ.
When I stand before you on judgment day and give an account of my life, I want to hear you say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Jesus, give me a passionate desire to know you. Place in my heart an obsession to pursue this, it is what matters most in this life. That I might grow ever closer to you.
I read meditations by Anthony de Mello. It goes like:
I was a neurotic for years. I was anxious
and depressed and selfish. Everyone kept telling me to change. I resented them, but I also agreed with them. And I wanted to change but I couldn’t no matter how hard I tried. What hurt the most was that, like the others, my best friend kept insisting that I change. So I felt powerless and trapped. Then one day my friend said to me, “Don’t change, I love you just as you are.” those words were music to my ears: “Don’t change. Don’t change. Don’t change. I love you as you are.” I relaxed, I came alive. And suddenly I changed! Now I know that I could not have really changed until I found someone that would love me whether I changed or not.”
And then at the end, de Mello adds this one sentence: “Lord, is this how you love me?” And the wonderful answer is yes. Yes that is how you love me, how you love all of us. That unconditional love!
Jesus, you are the way the truth and the life. Do not ever let me stray from you.