Monday, June 26, 2017

Unfailing Love

When I was in college I heard a song by Seals & Crofts called Wayland The Rabbit. It changed my way of looking at things. There are different ways we can receive things into our hearts. Life. Death. And love.

We humans always tend to see things through our own eyes. That seems rather obvious. That's what we use to see things with. But what I'm actually talking about is our perceived importance of our lives in this world. It's always about us.

Here's an example of what I mean. There once was a young family - a father, a mother, a sister and a brother.  A happy family as families go, but one day all that changed. The young girl was kidnapped and then murdered. An incredibly tragic tale that is also, unfortunately, all too true.

Her mother and father grieved. The girls brother too. The whole community where they lived was in shock. Who could do such a thing? And why?

That's what things looked like from a human perspective. That's the way things looked here on earth, through our eyes. From a heavenly perspective things often take on a different view.

What if I was to tell you that, as a result of that young girl's death, her mother would become a comfort to other parents across the nation who had suffered similar losses. And this mother's faith was on display for all to see.

What if I told you that an entire community, and state, rallied around this grieving family - showing a state's love and compassion for a hurting family.

What if I told you that there was a young father who was also devastated by this young girl's death? He too had a young son and daughter. The mercy in this man's heart for area youth sprung out of this girl's death and he became a youth leader in his church, telling hundreds about Jesus. Countless others were effected and changed in some positive way.

I'm not saying that God allowed a young girl to be abducted and murdered but look at all the good that came out of her death. That sounds uncaring, even harsh, but look what God did to a community. He turned a tragedy into a positive. And now she is with God in heaven, where she always wanted to be in the first place.

And don't ever forget that God changed the lives of millions for good with the death of one man. His Son.

We humans tend too look at things through our own eyes, instead of God's. God loves us in ways we cannot begin to see or fathom the depths of. We may never even know the countless times He has protected us from harm or even saved us from death. His love for us, His children, reaches to the heavens! His faithfulness reaches to the skies! Let us rejoice in God's love every day of our lives. Even on the darkest of nights His light will still shine bright - the promise of a new day and a new life to come. Lift your eyes up. Your hearts too. And rejoice in a great God who cares.

"5 Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart." - Psalm 36:5-10

Your Love Oh Lord - Third Day
Wayland The Rabbit - Seals & Crofts

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