I’m struggling with how to translate the words of today’s devotional into something I haven’t already said. I covered this topic yesterday for myself, https://alisarussell.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/geek-out/. There are so many thoughts rolling through my head though, I’m not sure which ones to grab and try to illustrate with words.
God did break the mold when He made us. I know it because of what the psalmist said in Psalm 139. These are some of my favorite verses when I’m not sure what I’m here for. From verses 13-15, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your words are wonderful. I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.” He made only one of each and every one of us. We are all worth something to Him, and we are not the burdens and screw-ups we think we are. Think only unbelievers feel that way? No, there are just as many believers who feel the same way, and it makes me wonder if we’ve truly realized the worth of what God has given us. If it has transformed our hearts so that His love can spill back out to those who so desperately need it. I honestly don’t know. I know I do my best every day to reflect Christ’s love to others, but I also know I fail often. We all need to be the light this world desperately needs.
If you live in the United States and especially in Florida, you know there was no light at a school yesterday where several people were hurt and killed. My heart is almost immune to these shootings now because there have been so many of them. It shouldn’t be though. It should hurt because of the darkness, because of the evil, because of the person who never heard of God’s love or never saw His light. We, who are Christians, should be the ones who show God’s light and should be the ones people feel safe to struggle with. But, we think that having God in our lives means we shouldn’t struggle anymore, and if we do, we hide it. So, no one sees how God can work in our lives.
This makes my heart ache. If people had a safe place to struggle, I believe the incidents of school shootings would go way down. (Yes, I know we need to have school safety programs and common sense laws about weapons.) Most of all though, people need to know they are loved and cared about no matter how hard or difficult it is and no matter how different they are because we are all precious in God’s eyes. After all, He broke the mold when He made us. Isn’t it time to start showing His light to a broken world?
Praying for God’s blessings on you all today!