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- Just called for my daughters to come downstairs, only to realize they are in IL. Obviously I'm not used to being home alone. 5 hours ago
For the past week or so I have been scarce around these parts of the internet. Not on purpose really, but kind of on purpose. I have been walking through life with numerous folks who are dealing with this thought and feeling in life that they have been abandoned.
Abandoned by a spouse.
Abandoned by a child.
Abandoned by a friend.
Abandoned by a parent.
Abandoned by God.
Ironically, today here at CCM we are dealing with the issue of abandonment. Jesus understands your feelings of alone. Jesus understands your feelings of isolation. Jesus understands your friends leaving you. Jesus understands those closest to you no longer being there for you. Jesus understands it, because he screamed the loneliest words in history on the cross. Today we are going to try and wrap our minds around his question of “WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” In other words…why have you abandon me?
This post is not our typical Sunday Morning Thoughts, but that is exactly what this is. It is meant to spark our hearts and thoughts towards what we are going to learn and hear today. If you come to the blog, but don’t go to our church here at CCM, make sure that you catch this online and remember, Jesus understands your loneliness. Here are some quotes to get you thinking today.
“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.” -Pablo Neruda-Click to tweet
“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” -Jodi Picoult-Click to tweet
“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald-Click to tweet
Today we will be wrestling with the central question of Jesus in the book of Matthew of “What Good Is It?” As we prepare for that today, here are a few quotes and thoughts to start piercing your mind and soul as you get ready to wrestle through scripture today.
“When we decide to believe in Jesus without making a commitment to follow Him, we become nothing more than fans.” -Kyle Idleman-Click to tweet
“All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them. -E. M. Bounds-Click to tweet
“Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God’s scheme ultimately leads back to the cross.” -Philip Yancey-Click to tweet
If you missed this past weekend, or know someone who desperately needs to get well…and not just physically…then send this along to them. Remember physical healing will fade, but eternal healing gets better with age.
Every Sunday I gather thoughts and quotes from different authors and perspectives for us to wrestle with as we prepare to gather and worship together. Let these spark your heart and soul with thoughts on today’s topic of “Do You Want To Get Well?”
I will never forget watching as she stood at the end of the coffee table. She had pulled herself up and shuffled here miniature legs the six feet from one end to the other. I watched as her eyes saw a toy roughly five feet away from the end of the table she had worked so hard to get to. We watched with great anticipation as she contemplated how she could get to that shiny little apparatus. Then it happened!!! She let go of the table and took four very tiny and wobbly baby steps. These were her first steps and we were witnesses to them. We filmed them. We took pictures. We praised her for taking her very first steps as a human being. Now today, my daughter does not wobble and guess whether or not she is ready to take the leap of faith to walk four steps. In fact she doesn’t think about the steps she is taking at all…she simply takes them. Most of the time she actually runs, twirls, prances, and leaps them.
Now what if in that moment that she took those four steps we dismissed those as steps? What if we would have said that those steps don’t really count? What if we told her that baby steps are not really steps? First of all, what kind of parents would we be? Secondly, we would have squelched her little soul from ever wanting to take a step of faith again. She may have just continued to hold onto the table hoping that she could one day reach that toy. She would have probably come to resent us as parents for not allowing her to really step off the edge of the tables safety. I know one thing for certain, her steps, although small, were steps.
A lot of times in our faith with God we think that faith has to be massive in order to ever live by it. We think that it means that we have to trust God and sell everything and move to another country. Don’t get me wrong, there are many people I know that have done that and I would agree that it takes a large amount of faith to do so. However, their faith did not start there. To get to a place to make a massive faith step such as that, they had to start by taking baby steps of faith. You don’t just start taking massive faith steps overnight, you take small steps that lead to bigger steps over time. Eventually, you start taking steps of faith without even thinking that much about it, because you have been walking by faith for so long.
Recently, I have been compelled by the way Jesus looked at how people had faith in him in scripture. It was not usually the person that did not waver in their faith that he healed. It was usually the person that believed he could heal, but they were still struggling with their faith. I think that is why the apostles were chosen the way they were. They were constantly questioning Jesus. They were continually working out their faith. They were seemingly always screwing up what Jesus had laid out so plainly. Yet…Jesus still used them and invested in them. Jesus says if we have faith as tiny as a mustard seed we can move mountains. Notice he does not say if we have faith as massive as a mountain…he says if we have faith as tiny as the tiniest of seeds. In other words, baby steps…
“Jesus did not say massive faith moves mountains, he said the tiniest of faith could.”Click to tweet
Today take heart and know that if you take a baby step of faith away from the coffee table of life, eventually you will be leaping, twirling, running, and dancing your steps of faith without even thinking. What about you? What is a baby step of faith you need to take today that could lead to some bigger steps?
This past weekend we talked about what it really looks like to trust that God is able. A lot of times we go through life hanging on for dear life, but God has called us to do things that we cannot do on our own because he is more than able to them through us. If you missed this past weekend go check this out. If nothing else, watch me try to stay on a balance beam without dying.