Come to Me…

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The boy has such a sweet heart. 

He extends his hand.

“I don’t want any of the squirrels going away empty-handed.”

He runs down the trail. Leaves crunching under his feet. Cool breeze blowing. Winter is coming. It always does. That squirrel will need to tuck some food away. But right now? He’s too busy. Can’t be bothered. Or maybe he is bothered by the boy chasing him down. Is he fearful? He could be. Undaunted, the boy follows him into the thick part of the woods. 

He got away. 

Now the boy is all sad. He expresses his disappointment. I commiserate with him. 

I think God understands how he feels. 

He doesn’t want us going away empty-handed. We do though. When things are going well, we don’t need Him so much. Skies are blue and all is well. And sometimes things aren’t so well. We need Him, but we don’t rely on Him. We go off on our own trying to figure things out. Relying on our own intuition instead of seeking our Maker. All the while He pursues after us. 

Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

All we need is found in Him. One word from Him can carry us many days and through deep water. He is extending His hand to you. 

His word is food for the soul. 

Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Every single thing the world has to offer will leave us empty. God’s word fills the void that we can physically feel sometimes. That word or promise He so desperately wants to give you may be for a season to come. A word you will cling to through a cold winter. Or a word to get you through the next hour. 

Pause for a few moments. Come to Him and take that word He wants to give you. You will not be disappointed. 

 


Simple Cross…Simple Message

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John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
 
It was empty. The tomb. He was supposed to be there. 
She was distraught. 
Ever been there?
You just need Jesus and He is nowhere to be found. 
Where are You Lord?
As I taught this lesson to a brood of dirty faced little lambs, one of them caught my attention. He listened intently.
Jesus wasn’t there because He was alive.
The boy looks down at the simple black cross printed on the coloring page. 
His eyes light up. 
He gets it.
And he can barely contain himself. Exuberantly exclaims, “That’s why the cross is empty. Jesus isn’t dead. He is alive.”
With that, my heart overflows.
Simple cross. Simple message.
Too many times I have adult faith. Faith that waivers. Faith that’s filled with doubts. And questions. My worldly wisdom gets in the way. Cynicism takes over. I’ve seen it not turn out. Things fall apart. Trust gets broken. Faith that thinks it has to fix everything. I want my time frame. In my way. When it doesn’t fall into place, faith falls apart.
All the while Jesus wants us to have the faith of this child.
To see an empty cross and trust. 
The child who sits at His feet. And waits. Knowing his Dad is with him. And that’s enough. He loves His children. With love inexpressible. With love that comforts. And when we experience loss that hurts every ounce of our being, we can be sure God understands. He gave His Son so we could live eternally. 
He knows loss. His loss brought life.
But that life is for today. It is our hope today. Hope that our situation is held in the hands of a strong God who overcame death. And there is nothing we cannot overcome in our lives. No dark night can overtake us. The tomb is empty. Jesus is not dead. He is alive. Alive and active. Laboring on our behalf. Working behind the scenes. Just like He did that day when He rose from the dead. He was working in the darkness.
John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
 
Never.
The darkness of that tomb could not keep Him. No evil can overtake Him. He still rules. And overrules. He is still sovereign.
He still resurrects. 
Dead faith. Dead hope. Dead situations. Dead marriages. Dead prodigals.
Jesus Christ is alive. Go live like it!
 
She Rises~October 19
 


Bright Red Umbrella

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The girl got it right. 

She showed up with her bright red umbrella.

Here’s how the the story goes:

A drought continued for what seemed an eternity, a small community of farmers was in a quandary as to what to do.  Rain was vital to keep their crops healthy and sustain the way of life of the townspeople.   As the problem became more acute, a local pastor called a prayer meeting to ask for rain.  Many concerned people arrived at the church and the pastor greeted most of them as they filed in.   As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting he noticed the people were chatting across the aisles about their mutual situation and socializing with friends.  When he reached the front his thoughts were on quieting the attendees and getting the meeting started.  His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet and it was then that he noticed a young girl about 11 years old sitting quietly in the front row, her face beaming with excitement.   Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella.  The little girl’s beauty and innocence made the pastor smile as he realized how much faith she possessed.   No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella.   All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer.”

How about you? Did you bring your umbrella?

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.

Sometimes we can pray for so many years, we give up looking for the answer. 

We can become discouraged. Downtrodden. Doubt that God even hears us.

God hears us. 

James 5:8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

Don’t give up. Persevere bravely through your adversity. Keep on asking. 

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.
 

God will answer. He is faithful. His promises are true.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
 

God often comes when we least expect it. Look for Him.

Keep that bright red umbrella with you!

 



 

 

 

 

 

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