This quote has been on my mind for quite some time. It is one of my favorites. It’s “religion” in action. It’s “religion” that jumps off the page and becomes real and alive. Over the years, I’ve searched for so many things in life to make me happy but this is the answer. I’ve worn masks and pretended but nothing has ever been more fulfilling, more freeing, or more life changing then when I made the choice to connect with others and step out from behind the mask. We tend to like keeping our problems safely tucked away in the dark, but God does His work in the light. Sometimes, I think God is just waiting for us to make the courageous choice to bring the issues we struggle with secretly… out into the sunlight. When we take this small step of faith, God blesses it.
I came across these verses in Micah. I love how much confidence in God they illustrate. Just beautiful.
But me, I’m not giving up.
I’m sticking around to see what God will do.
I’m waiting for God to make things right.
I’m counting on God to listen to me….
I’m sitting in the dark right now,
but God is my light…
He’ll turn on the lights and show me his ways.
I’ll see the whole picture and how right he is. (portions of Micah 7: 7-9 MSG)
This date is forever ingrained in our brains.
Over the weekend, I avoided the television programs showing specials about the anniversary of 9-11. We will never forget. I am thankful that we do remember and we do honor the lives lost on that day, but at the same time I find it very difficult to watch the events unfold again. It tears my stomach up.
Saturday evening I did pause for 10 minutes or so to briefly watch the History Channel. I caught a portion of a story about a man who had been rescued from the World Trade Center by a firefighter. His deep gratitude for this hero in his life was so evident. 18 months after the tragic event, he even invited this man that saved his life to be an honored guest at his own daughter’s wedding. Total strangers, now bonded together by a single event in history. As much as I hate the reason why they are now friends, I love hearing about the friendships that develop due to tragedies such as this. Two people, who might never have given each other a second glance on the street, now share an incredible bond.
That is one thing I treasure about relationships. Tragic events have a way of bringing people together. Gratitude for another person’s acts of selflessness pull us together. Words like “thank-you” seem so small and don’t even begin to express how we really feel on the inside.
The man whose life was saved that day said something about the hero in his life that I keep thinking about. “What he did that day…there is no way I can ever repay him.”
Deep gratitude like this is an amazing feeling. I have never had to experience anything like what the people of 9-11 had to endure. I have never been rescued from a building that was just seconds away from collapsing. Nothing has even come to close to this in my life.
But, I have experienced that feeling of deep gratitude for a person whose actions saved my life. A single event in history, one selfless act of love that changed the course of my life. I have uttered those same words of gratitude for the hero in my life. What he did that day… there is no way I can ever repay him.
The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture…
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. (Romans 8: 34-39 MSG)