This is a line from a story in the Jesus Storybook Bible.. a book that was read to the children every Sunday during our worship service. Yesterday at church, our pastor said that those stories from that book were the first sermon and his preaching was the second sermon. He quoted that line from the book ” He was making the sad things come untrue“.. I love that ! It makes me smile to think of everything sad becoming untrue as the kingdom of God moves ahead. What an amazing promise He has given us.
The same thing is happening here every single day.. sometimes we see it and sometimes we don’t. The truth is the truth whether we are able to see it or not. God’s invisible kingdom is real.. more real than all the sad things that happen on this earth every single day. His kingdom is more real than every single problem we face.. even the ones that seem unbearable. His kingdom is more real than our feelings, our thoughts, or our ideas. What an amazing realization that is.. if only we could hang on to that picture. There is another story.. a larger story that surrounds us and God is the author. He has written it for us and He is with us in that story.. guiding us, protecting us, comforting us, and encouraging us. We are not alone in what seems to be our small sad story.
As I am writing this I feel like I want to grab on to that big story.. to live in it fully.. to have a larger role.. to enter the Kingdom of God in a deeper way.. following Him fully.. trusting Him totally.. even when I have no answers.. even when I am hurting.. lost and sad. I want to be a part of His great work in this world as He redeems everything that was lost. I believe He is asking us all to enter in.. to seek Him and His ways.. to believe that He is totally in control.. when all we see is an out of control world … As we live in these times.. we are in the world that He entered.. something has already happened.. but there is more.. we are between the already and the not yet.. living in that very unsettled place.. He is our rock and our safe place.. there is no other.
He told us to ” Seek Him and His kingdom and all else would be added on to us” He meant it then and He means it now..
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”
Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs.You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.“
Before I studied in Seminary I never paid much attention to this day. I’m not Irish and I just assumed it was a day created to celebrate drinking and eating too much. Well.. I was wrong. St. Patrick is an amazing figure in the history of the faith. He lived in Wales and was kidnapped when he was 16 and taken to Ireland where he was sold as a slave. He learned the Celtic tongue and grew to understand the Druid culture where he was living. During his captivity he became aware of God’s presence and was able to escape and go to live in a monastery in Gaul for 12 years. He felt called back to Ireland to share His faith. The Celtic Druids imprisoned him several times..but he continued to bring the gospel to that part of the world for the next 30 years..establishing schools and churches.
This man made a difference and risked his life to do it. He was passionate for the Lord and did not let his circumstances discourage him. I fell in love with his story. The way he worked with God to bring good out of evil. I was inspired by his courage..surrounded by enemies.. he kept the faith and dedicated himself to God’s purposes.
Celtic Christianity is fascinating and the history of the faith in that part of the world is inspiring. I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded that God is on His throne and nothing can change that. Reading stories of the heroes of our faith..who helped establish His kingdom.. gives me courage to continue. We are not alone..the heavenly chorus..made up of those who have come before us.. cheers us on!
Blessings to you this day.. May He bless and uplift you as you trust Him!!
“Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger” ( from the breastplate prayer)
Yes..everything. It all works together for the good of those who love God. How? The Bible says that He causes this..it is His plan. He has a plan that includes every detail of our lives..Do you believe that? Not many believers do. We believe He is real. We read the book. We know that He helps those who help themselves..No that is not in the Bible..we add that ourselves. That is not the way it works in the kingdom of God.
He is at work all the time..doing so many things that we cannot imagine. His plan is unfolding for our lives as we walk with Him. He is behind the scenes putting all the pieces in place for what is going to be revealed. He is redeeming the years that the locusts have eaten. He is preparing us for our next season and working on our behalf in more ways that we can imagine. Our part is to believe this and to live as though it were true..because it is!
Remember the story of Abraham and Sarah? God promised them that they were going to have a child and they waited and waited and waited. Finally Abraham tired of waiting and took things in his own hands. He had a son with his servant Hagar..and lived to regret that decision. Then God spoke to both Abraham and Sarah telling them again that they would have a son and they both laughed. They were too old and they knew it. God kept His promise despite their unbelief. He was working on their behalf and knew exactly when He would fulfill that promise.
Why do you think their story is told? Because we are them. We don’t believe God and we laugh to ourselves when we walk in that unbelief. We are actually saying..God is not able.. He does not care..it is too late. Abraham and Sarah learned to believe God..He taught them about His faithfulness and stayed with them through thick and thin as they learned the lessons He was teaching them. He does the same thing with our lives. He tests our faith and waits for us to begin believing Him when we cannot see..trusting in His faithfulness..knowing that He has a plan for us.
Then the Lord said to Abraham,” Why did Sarah laugh?” Why did she say “Can an old woman like me have a baby?” Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year and Sarah will have a son. Sarah was afraid so she denied it saying “I didn’t laugh.” But the Lord said “No, you did laugh.”