A Note: I know, I know it isn’t Wednesday… but ‘Thursday Morning Musings’ just didn’t sound right. I intended to publish this yesterday, but I guess God didn’t want that to happen. So Wednesday Musings it is, on a Thursday… end note.
Hello friends! I thought I’d pop on to share a few short things with you. If nothing else, that bicycle is worth a few moments of your time.
Look at if for a minute. I wonder where it is. What is inside of that darling window? Who was on the bike before leaning it against the wall? What adventures have they gone on together? What roads have those wheels glided upon, and what has that bell merrily ringed at?
No, I didn’t intend to write a post about a bicycle… but it never hurts to follow a happy daydream for a few minutes.
I was feeling discouraged. It’s been a bit of a hard day. But something from earlier today popped into my head tonight. It is a quote from the book Every Moment Holy which is a collection of liturgies written by Douglas Kaine McKelvey and published by The Rabbit Room. Its an incredible book, and I highly recommend it ;).
It was a certain line from a liturgy of praise that came to my mind. Just a tiny piece of a long and beautiful liturgy, in which God is praised as the King of the Cockatoos, the Captain of the clouds, and many other names we probably don’t think of on a daily basis. Here is the line.
There is no corner of creation You will fail to redeem.Every Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey
Read it again.
I mean it! Read it again.
And again. Let the words sink in. That my friend is TRUTH. There is no corner of creation that our God will fail to redeem.
Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morningPsalm 30:5
Spring is the time of hope. Maybe, that’s one of the reasons spring- and winter exist. Because of hope. Last week the snow melted, we could see the grass (dead grass but grass non-the-less). I went outside without a coat, and barefoot. That might not make you as happy as it made me, but I love the feeling of the ground beneath my toes. A warm wind sprung up, and it felt like spring.
Yesterday it snowed again. And….. the grass is covered with slushy wet stuff. But we have caught a glimpse of spring, hope is alive in our hearts and the cold of the snow, it can’t chill us like it did before.
But we have a hope greater than spring.
A hope that does not disappoint. A hope fixed on a sure foundation.
This God- His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true, He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.2 Samuel 22:31
And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:5
And what is our hope? That God is going to redeem every corner of creation. That His kingdom will come. An upside down kingdom, one that the world doesn’t understand. A kingdom of love, true love, the kind that lays down its life for others. A kingdom of truth. A kingdom of true peace, peace the world cannot give. A kingdom of light, for in Him there is no darkness at all. A kingdom where every tear will be wiped away.
No more loss.
No more betrayal.
No more physical pain.
No more lonliness.
No more anger.
No more sin.
No more fear. For perfect love has cast it out.
God as our Father, and we as His children.
Oh friends, that is a hope to give us wind beneath our wings. I know its hard, I know it hurts, I know that the darkness seems so strong.
But it will not win. It has already lost. Its still fighting. But its fighting a lost cause.
I know, that I personally find myself skimming over long passages of scripture in blog posts, but please read this one. Then I’ll let you go.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes in what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.Romans 8:22-25
So, do not loose heart dear one. For hope is alive. Because Jesus is alive. And there’s something I know. If God could take this heart, this heart that was chained by doubt and fear and rebellion, and if He could set it free, if He could make His strength perfected in my weakness, if He could do that, and if He did do it, at the greatest expense imaginable, then He will keep His promises. He will complete the work He began. In me. In you. In the world. He on whom we have set our hope is faithful.
Try to count the stars.
And if your stars are covered by smog then close your eyes, imagine the starry expanse of galaxy and speak this truth to yourself.
There is no corner of creation He will fail to redeem.