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The Big Picture

Father, I am ever growing…ever learning. May I always be longing for more of You in my life… more of Your love… more of Your wisdom. I would claim John the Baptist’s statement in regards to You as my own, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) Amen.

Revelation 1:8 (<<click green)

One of the difficult things of life, Lord, as we live it, is how limited it is. We are born and in the scheme of things, live a few short years and then we die. Some may leave a long-lasting legacy but for the most part, we are forgotten after a couple of generations.

We read King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes and has anything changed in almost 3000 years? He writes,

“Everything is meaningless…completely meaningless… Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” 1:2,8

We find absolutely no hope in the finite…

But You, Lord? You are not finite but infinite! Only in You do we find hope. This verse in Revelation proclaims Your all-encompassing existence. You are “the Alpha and the Omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet) the beginning and the end.” As a footnote in the Amplified Bible puts it, “this verse is an expression of God’s absolute supremacy over all things.” Speaking of You it states,

 “…Who is [existing forever] and who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”

You, Lord, are what makes life worth living. In and of ourselves we are limited – You are unlimited. We can only see the here and now, and even that is quite often cloudy – You see everything – the big picture, all the little nuances, all the connections and overlaps – all inclusive, nothing missed. Where King Solomon saw only meaninglessness, You, Lord, in seeing it all, see the meaning!

We have meaning. We have purpose… in You. And as the old Gospel song goes. “We’ll understand it better by and by.” Amen.

June 12th, Mon, 6:18 am

Stand Tall

Even at this early hour Father, my mind is starting to roll. Help me to put the brakes on and to stop smack dab in the middle of Your presence. I need Your guiding hand or who knows where I’ll end up! Thank You Father, for Your steadfast love for me. I am so grateful that You never give up on me.

2 Timothy 4:13-18 (<<click here)

Reading this passage, Lord, I am made aware that the end is very near for Paul. This is his second and final imprisonment in Rome and he knew it. It must have been evident because even his supporters are much fewer in number. It sounds like things had moved pretty fast – no time to gather his things – not even his coat – just hauled off. And when he stood before the judge the first time he was alone. Scary stuff! But he is quick to share that truly he wasn’t by himself but You stood with him.

I’m sure when Timothy read this letter it was scary for him, too – I mean who wouldn’t be! This wasn’t going to end with a reprimand and a slap on the wrist. Death was looming ever closer. But Paul writes, “Timothy, please come as soon as you can” v.9

In the midst of everything Paul stood tall and he was extending an invitation for Timothy to do the same.

I cannot help but think, Lord, would I do the same? I would like to think that I would. Help me, Jesus, to invest in our relationship – the stronger it is the stronger I will be. And absolutely nothing in this world is a fair trade – not even my life.

Lord, my life is Yours – do with it as You will. Help me to stand tall, each and every day. May I not slip into the shadows but step decisively into the light of Your will. My life may not be on the line but the advancement to Your kingdom, relies on my willingness – and those like me – to step up to the call! Use me this day as You will!

Jan 8th, Fri, 6:26 am