I had to stoop down to take this picture, and as I did I realised God does this every moment. Imagine a creator bigger than the universe having to zoom in on one person on this tiny dot, whilst still controlling every planet, every star and every galaxy. This next verse sums it up really.
You give me your shield of victory,
and your right hand sustains me;
you stoop down to make me great.
Even though I feel like I’m failing every moment God seems to be there reassuring me. How can this be so, as it seems a type of paradox, counterproductive, but steel needs to be refined and that refining process is hard and time consuming and tiresome.
If you look at the leaves you may see a green leaf, among all the dead ones. If I part the dead leaves I may find a small tree growing. Take reassurance from God that He will stoop down to our level to listen to us. After all why not because he came and became fully human for a time when Jesus was doing his earthly ministry.
Jesus stooped down to the ultimate level, being made sin for us on the cross.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I imagine God reaching down to the minutest levels caring for each plant that has been hidden under the leaves, spreading the dead leaves to the side to allow the new life to come through. We may be the new life, the person with the growing faith but at some point we may be a falling leaf and we will return to this earth to start a life a new with Jesus.
Today I learned one important lesson.
The hardest battle is in the mind, to still the nagging doubts that attack you daily, and I shall be joyous when I can rest from pouring my heart out online, which pains me some nights. After all who wants to share with the world their inner most thoughts? Who really wants to read them? But I started this for God and so I shall not stop.
Pray, pray and pray harder. Prayer has become painful some days, almost like pushing a car up hill with the hand brake on. But because we are ambassadors for Christ we gain this dogged determination to get up each time and start again, constantly being refined into the person God wants you to be.
Dear Lord, thank you for the lessons today. I pray for the many I have misled and have spoken to and hurt, let my words be only your voice. Help us all learn your patience and be perfect ambassadors for the faith.
In hope of Jesus’ return soon