But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Saturday, December 8, 2012

On the changing table of life

As I was just changing David following a warm bath and bottle, watching him shivering but still looking at me trustingly I was reminded that in many ways we are on God's changing table. He is changing us and conforming us to the image of Christ, He promises, and we need to trust that even when the wait and the process is uncomfortable (like David feeling cold) the outcome will be for our best! Even when God uses the suction bulb to remove the junk that REALLY needs to go in order for us to be fed, as when the babies have to be suctioned so they can breathe to swallow their milk, it's obviously very unpleasant at the time (the babies do NOT look trustingly at me during that!! They close their eyes and SCREAM!) but the end result makes us so much better. Then we can calmly suck our nourishment and drowsily, peacefully fall asleep in His arms. That's how we grow, just like babies. :) Sleep and eat. Rest in God's care and be nourished by His Word either on our own or in community.

Romans 8:32 and 34 says: "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (2 Peter 1:3 also says He has given us everything we need for life and godliness.) Christ Jesus is the one who died - more than that, who was RAISED - who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us."

So as I lie on the changing table of life, I KNOW that my Savior, who took the penalty for my sin by his death and who allows me access to the Only God of Creation by his resurrection, continues to intercede/mediate/"pray" for me. I just need to look trustingly at him even when shivering, screaming about a situation I do NOT like, or just feeling insecure. I'm more secure than I can imagine, much more than any baby ever is on any earthly changing table with the most loving of human parents standing right there keeping watch.

May you also see the Father's gracious provision of all you need - including eternal salvation - through His Son, Jesus Christ.

In His grip of grace,

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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