*She sat in the corner at recess hoping someone would ask her to play.
*He stood on the rocks just waiting for the nod to join the kickball game.
*She waited by the phone for her invitation to the party.
*He paced the hallway hoping she would say yes to the prom.
*She checked her email again for a second interview request.
*He stood outside the church drumming up the courage to climb the steps.
It’s hard to be the outsider. No matter if you are 5 years old or 95.
Everyone has a need to be wanted. To be asked to join. To be accepted. To be a part of something bigger than themselves.
And when that invitation or nod or phone call or open door comes, it’s exhilarating! You’re on top of the world.
For a while.
Until the next time you wait for the answer, the invitation, the call, the text. And the feeling of loneliness and fear of non-acceptance creeps in again.
It doesn’t have to be that way when you know Jesus.
He has already sent you the invitation. He already died for you. His door, and arms, are open wide just waiting for you to say YES to His invitation. You are already accepted. You are already wanted. You are already invited to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
Say Yes to Jesus.
Walk up the steps.
Open the door.
Read the Bible.
Get on your knees.
Lift up your hands.
Bow your head.
Accept the gift.
No strings attached.
You are accepted.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave his One and Only Son to die so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
The large pine trees were swaying so strongly it seemed they were flirting with the ground.
The illuminated American flag cracked with every sharp whip.
Mature tree limbs snapped as they were tugged past their limit.
That wind was strong as it caused my car to sway back and forth between the highway lines. I saw garbage cans sailing through fields and plastic toys tumbling through yards.
Things just flopping around whichever way the wind took them.
It reminded me of our society today. One day people are supporting a cause and the next day the same cause is taboo. People just flop around through life going whichever way the loudest voice leads them. And unfortunately that voice is sometimes the voice of evil.
Before we know it, we have been blown so far away from the voice of truth that we stand in a wide open field alone. We may find ourselves sinking in a pit of miry clay or drowning in a sea of brokenness.
But the Voice of Truth is there waiting to calm our storm. He’s not blowing from one thing to the next dragging us out to destruction. No. Jesus is waiting with strong arms to keep us safe from the chaotic wind that can snap us and flop us around in wishy washy lies.
He reached out and pulled Peter from sinking in the water when Peter took his eyes off Jesus.
He healed the sick and diseased and caused the blind to see.
For goodness sakes, you all, He rose from the dead!
Yes. The same Jesus who did all those miracles can bring us back from the outskirts of where we have been blown by the worldly wind. Grab His hand. Pull yourself back up. Let Him lead you to solid ground.
He’s not floppin’ around in the wind. He controls the wind. He is the captain. I want to hold His hand during the storms of my life. I hope you do, too.
Alexa, remind me to remind Suzi to remind the vet to send the dog tick and flea meds.
Have you seen that commercial? I didn’t say it exactly right but someone needs a reminder so they ask someone to remind them and then that person asks someone to remind them and then that person asks Alexa to remind them to remind the other person to remind the other person to remind the original requestor. WHEW!! I’m exhausted.
I don’t have Alexa®, the robot of reminders, but I know plenty of people who do and it keeps reminders well. Then at the given time, Alexa acts as the brain alarm.
I have reminders on my phone that pop up on my calendar or remind me with an audible alarm. I have reminders on sticky notes on my car and on the door as I leave my office to not forget this or that. I have written reminders on the refrigerator and on pieces of paper stuck down in my purse.
Isn’t it awesome that God doesn’t need to be reminded. But we sometimes treat Him like He might forget so we continue to remind Him. “Lord, don’t forget that I am looking for a new job.” “God, did you remember that my daughter has that really hard test today that I would love for you to help her through?”
“Lord, did you remember that I am asking for healing for my loved one and that I have that friend who is waiting to adopt a baby?”
We don’t have to remind Him or ask Alexa to remind us to remind Him. He already knows. He wants to know the desires of our heart but I wonder if my constant reminders to God (due to my worry) makes Him laugh out loud.
He’s got a lot of patience and can handle it. But I also know He has the memory of an elephant. 🙂
Alexa, remind me not to remind God that He hasn’t answered yet. His timing, and memory, are perfect.
“Lord, please help me to see you and know you are working as I head into work this morning. Oh, and if you could just let me hear “Stand In Your Love”, that would be great! ”
That was my prayer as I drove in my Buick, beautiful sunrise ahead, trudging down the county road to my day job. Just wanting to see Jesus and wanting His confirmation I was doing things in the way I felt Him leading me. Yes…..worrying…..again.
Then the song that has been my go-to song during worry came on the radio. Hilary Scott. Thy Will Be Done.
I just smiled as I sang and remembered the first time this song brought me through the worry days of bringing Natalie Grant to town and making sure I did everything right. I really listened to the words and I knew God was showing me His presence right then.
The Message Sirius XM radio station didn’t disappoint…next song: Just Be Held by Casting Crowns. My favorite line in the song that I use almost every day of my life: “your world’s not falling apart it’s falling into place”. CHECK. I see you, Lord.
And as I pulled into my workplace town, the ultimate song that I asked Him to reveal to me played loud and clear. Fear doesn’t stand a chance when I stand in your love.
Amen. God’s got this. And He confirmed it in a white Buick on a 15-minute drive to a little town parking lot outside of my windowless office through an XM radio station. He cares. He is good.