How can it already be July?!? I sit and watch the rain come down, sideways…the clouds rumble. I love this, the washing. Washing away the smog. Washing away the dirt and filth. I want this too. Deep cleansing. I thought I came to give. I want to give…I am seeing that mostly I am a recipient here of greater grace than I’ve ever known. People here share of God, speak truth, speak Grace. I give, but really I receive. I bend low, but I know Him more there. I hold children who give me more. I love my family that has given to me beyond measure. I laugh here–more than before. I can feel my heart. I hear the Spirit. Heaven and earth feel closer together.
Jesus said, “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then those’ sheep’ are going to say, “Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?” Then the King well say, “I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me–you did it to me.” Matthew 25: 35-40
Is this the mystery? That I am seeing Him more? That I am recognizing opportunities and moments to love my Jesus? I am learning to love Jesus. I am learning to be free in loving…not holding back or protecting…just giving. And as I give, I am filled. As I love, I am loved. The disguises are becoming less difficult. The love is coming easier. Have I loved based on status, position, beauty, cleanliness…? Lord, break that. Change that. Give me a heart that loves, because you love. Give me eyes to see–not status, not garbage, not sin, but someone made in your image. Give me a heart to love, not because someone is beautiful or lovable, but because they are Yours…because You love…and because You want me to love like you…
Let my love for You be without caution, Jesus. Unfold this precious mystery.