My daughter shared with me something she saw a few weeks back from the balcony of our church, as she faced down toward the congregation. She recited who was speaking, who was singing, and who was praising… in color. Everyone else appeared in black & white. The people who made up the congregation that day may ask… Was it me?
I don’t know… “Is that you?”
I see so much of the world on people, that it grieves me. Then I thought, how can anyone who is competitive, bossy, mean-spirited, pride-full, seductive, greedy, disrespectful, trash-mouth, unloving, and, and, and sin-full… be spirit-led? And then I was reminded of all of our condition, especially mine. “Oh… it’s me!”
I KNOW who it is I so LOVE. I KNOW who it is I sow to SERVE. I would not trade my spirit for the Lord with anyone else, whether known, unknown, or highlighted. I also KNOW that even though I walk with Jesus… I can be sooo bad. I can be mean-spirited, unloving, unforgiving, and far too often for even me… pride-full. I can’t stop there, but for today, I will.
I also KNOW how completely destroyed and broken I feel, when I KNOW I must have broken my Lord’s heart… with my un-Spirited behavior. Knowing the tears He must shed, paralyzes me at the very thought. I am stopped in my tracks. I pray often, that my response time back to Him becomes quicker and quicker… “But why God, do I have to do it in the first place?”
“Is that you?”
Are you a sinner who embraces your Savior… to get closer and closer to the higher ground? Do you fall down and then pray you can get UP again? Are you feeling the speed of your response time to Him as if you are on the fast track? I pray it so… that it is you!
Her vision reminded me of the greeting cards that are set in grey scale with a single item or person highlighted in color. One of my favorite picture cards features two children, a boy and a girl, in black and white with a single red rose in color.
I believe on this day, the Lord had highlighted to my daughter and I… who He wanted us to pray for.
Thank You Lord… may I have another?