Wednesday, March 29 (3:29)
Romans: Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
Here is yet another inclusive verse. Perhaps we must open our minds even further and see that God is there for our enemies and those we must forgive.
Once we begin to see how far-reaching God's love is, it's nearly impossible not to be awed. I look into my pup's eyes and see God. I look into my children's eyes and see God. God is everywhere, in every living thing. How much more difficult is it to see God in someone who has wronged you or, worse yet, someone you love dearly? Thanks where the forgiveness comes in.
Forgiving those who have wronged us or those we love seems counterintuitive. If Christ can forgive, then so must we. During this season of Lent, we must try to imitate Christ and forgive those who persecute us. Christ says, "My burden is light," and when it comes to forgiveness (and probably everything), it is. All we have to do is "cast our burdens unto the Lord," and the Lord will carry us through.
In just a few days, my store will close indefinitely. There's still much inventory and some equipment to sell. I'm looking for a co-packer who will make the products for me, but I noticed that there was too much thinking going on, too much living in my head. I have been trying to figure this and that out instead of casting my burdens unto the Lord and living from my heart.
God came for you and me. We are getting close to Good Friday and Easter. We know how Christ's story on earth ends, but we have no idea how our story with Christ ends. If we trust, we only know that everything will be perfect because God's love is perfect. There is no need to look at worst-case scenarios or plan things out to the tiniest detail because unless we think we're God, guaranteed, those plans will not work. I think the things that are from God are easy ("My burden is light"). That doesn't mean we don't have to keep moving forward, only that we have to do our part by praying and putting our prayers into action.
Today, may we believe God came for you and me. We put Jesus on that cross because of our sins, but Christ was raised and is with us. God is with us. The Holy Spirit is with us. We are not alone.