from ann voskamp’s blog yesterday...
the title was enough to grab my WHOLE attention... “when you don’t know where this road leads”. hmmm, that might be something that speaks to me where i am right now. on an unfamiliar (un-sought after) road...
But I keep turning back to this, me on an axis of my own: Christ wins.
Roads can twist and what untwists me is just that: Christ wins.
I can fall and all hope can fall and the day can skin it’s shins hard and this is a startling fallen world — but what can trip peace when I know Christ wins?
This doesn’t mean I’m negligent and don’t commit – it just means I already know Who conquerors.
It means I know that the ultimate truth is, that no matter what is ultimately the problem, Christ ultimately wins.
Christ wastes nothing and He repurposes pain for His purposes and He’ll use up all of creation for His glory.
and then this verse JUMPED out at me this morning...
“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;”.
and i did a little investigate work on that line about “your daughters are carried on the hip” because i needed to know exactly how that was playing out from the hebrew language because if i had to carry my daughters i might throw out my hips permanently. not to mention that neither of them is really INTO being carried anymore...
in the king jimmy it reads “and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side”. again, neither of my daughters is really into being nursed at thy side. BUT... the “nursed” is actually the word “aman” meaning many wonderful things...
to support, confirm, be faithful
to be established, be faithful, be carried, make firm
made firm, sure, lasting
confirmed, established, sure
reliable, faithful, trusty
to stand firm, to trust, to be certain, to believe in
that is my fervent prayer... that i will see all of my children rooted and grounded in the love of Christ. i will see them made firm, sure, and lasting at peace with the only One who knows what Peace really is. that they will do
the only work they need to do: believe in the One that was sent. yet in saying that Only One is able to assure me of that. Only One is able to accomplish that great task. and it isn’t me...
i can eat the frog, i can clean out my closet, i can pray like there is no tomorrow. but my hope rests in Only One.
3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
this side of heaven, there will be no greater joy...
and the last (but not least) GREAT THOUGHT for a tuesday...