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Life At Work In You

‘Daddy, I’m sorry for what happened’!

These are OMINOUS words to wake up to! Especially coming from a 4 yr old… ‘What happened’ I replied sleepily but a little stricken. Well apparently my 4 and 2 yr old architects were building the tower of Babel in our basement that became the leaning tower of Pisa that leant a little too far and took our Huge lamp with it. The result: broken glass all over the floor!..’But don’t tell Mommy’ he finished. Well she was right there next to me.

He wanted deliverance from her wrath… our wrath!

We do that with God! ‘Dear God, I’m sorry for what happened!’ The difference is God already knows. He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He’s in the business of watching over us and, thankfully, forgiving us, loving us. The writer of one of my favorite Psalms; 121, knew this when he penned:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

I hear my dear Mother-in-law Mary’s voice repeating that with me from memory as we shared our last moments together this side of heaven.

She was facing the biggest challenge that we all will face someday (unless Christ returns first); death. But she faced it with the same confidence that Paul had when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

In other words, whatever you’re facing today; a broken life, promise, dream or broken glass… Maybe you’re facing death itself. Here’s the amazing truth: Christ, His love, and His story are stronger, greater, higher, longer, wider & deeper… the result: LIFE!

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