“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’ No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37 New Living Testament
Friday has made it here again! That shouldn’t be any surprise, right? Well, for me it felt like this week might not come to an end. Have you ever had one of those weeks? It’s a rhetorical question, because I’m sure you’ve had more than one. The thing is I can’t quite put my hand on what was making it seem so long, except we needed to cram in as many doctor visits as we could because we lose our private health insurance next week. Since it is the beginning of a new year, we also have the privilege of those pesky insurance deductibles.
We thought everything was fine. As for many others, January 1st brought a new insurance provider, which in our case was to be good for two weeks before we are transferred to the next insurance provider. You may already have guessed there was a monkey wrench thrown into the works! We arrived at the first appointment ready to see my doc, the first time after the surgery December. Everything appeared to be fine, until we were informed I had been approved then rejected by the insurance provider all within two hours! That may possibly be a new record in the history of insurance rejections!
I have been blessed with incredible doctors, for my physician wanted to see me without any payment! He is amazing as a physician and person. However, before he was able to see me, it had all been cleared up; everything had been straightened out.
The thing is I was still in a state of agitation, not as bad as it once would have been, but agitated enough. God has His way of putting life into perspective. As I shared my frustration with my physician, he smiled and said, “Ron, after being in the Gulf War and treating cancer patients, you know this insurance thing was really nothing to let you stress out over!” See what I mean? This incredible man put it all back into perspective! The only way it could have been better was if I hadn’t needed the attitude adjustment!
That is what Grace is all about, the adjustments needed everyday as we face life in this dysfunctional world as dysfunctional people. It is probably the most difficult reality to come to terms with, that we are broken. We spend so much time and effort trying to convince ourselves we are whole, complete, good, fine, doing Ok, that we have it all together! Behind the mask, we know our lives are in need of more than we can even admit to ourselves. So we do what we do best, we hide. This is our legacy from the Garden of Eden when our first parents chose to believe a lie that drove them into hiding!
God and His Grace constantly, actively pursues us. He is always seeking to connect us with Himself as the One who removes everything that causes us to hide. He brings into our lives the love we so desperately need and crave. Through His Grace we begin a process of healing, transformation, renewal, and re-creation. It takes time, but the end result is already accomplished in Jesus Christ! Over and over through the centuries God has pleaded, sent messages, raised up prophets with this same message. The message is the very words Jesus spoke from the Cross, “It is finished!”
There is an enemy who has coveted God’s place as God the Creator. He coveted it so much this enemy tried rebellion, tried to overthrow Gods throne. When that failed he deceived Adam and Eve, God’s created rulers of this planet, becoming the ruler in treason until Gods Plan of Salvation was brought to it’s climax. Now all that is left to this enemy is to destroy as many of God’s children as he can.
There is one truth many miss when they think of God and those who live on this planet. Everyone who has lived, is living, or will live is God’s creation. Whether they acknowledge it or not doesn’t change it as fact. The DNA of our Creator’s breath of life is the DNA of life that resides in each one of us!
As I look back at the beginning of this week remembering what was causing me agitation, I must admit I’m embarrassed! Being committed to honesty, transparency, vulnerability, authenticity, and to being as real as possible sometimes has it’s drawbacks. And yet Grace reminds me we are forgiven in Jesus. No matter how much needs to be done, Grace as God gives it covers it all. There is never a moment when God’s Grace will not cocoon us in Him, reminding us nothing can separate us from Him!
On this Friday I am so encouraged by the continued response to the Facebook Grace in Process Group. A dear friend shared a song I listened to at 3:00 am. Another reminded me of a mutual time of need we shared together while being carried in Jesus ! It is my hope and prayer all who join the Grace in Process Group on Facebook will receive exponential blessings of encouragement and hope!
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 New Living Testament
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