My kids have some really awesome neighbor friends and we love this family heaps! Their kids and our kids are back and forth between our houses all the time. So their little girl just rang our doorbell to come over for awhile. I wasn’t expecting to see her because our garage doors are open and everyone normally just traipses through the garage, in and out, no formal doorbell ringing. I answered the door, saw our neighbor and said, “Hey honey, glad to have you here – next time, just come through the garage. No need to ring the doorbell.”
I think God is like that we us: Come on over because Jesus’ blood has already paved the way for you to have not merely religious access but moreso intimate connection to God’s house, family and kingdom. Come through the garage, enter through Jesus’ blood because God’s heart is eager to welcome you with arms wide open.
a violent landing or a gentle alighting? My husband & I have a few days in the mountains to celebrate our 20th anniversary & I’m watching the snow quietly sift through the sky to gently alight on the bright yellow aspens and dark green pines, dancing through the air to their final rest. There’s a stillness and beauty to this routine and it makes me think of the times when I’ve watched a really powerful snow storm pound the ground with several inches every hour. The wind drives the snow but the earth’s gravity is the steady invitation. The driving wind can result in mangled flakes while the steady invitation lets each flake land as a gentle whole to the delight of observant spectators.
In our lives, we can be driven by our ambitions and desires, often landing at our destinations mangled, tangled and twisted up. In contrast, we can follow Jesus’ invitation to grow closer to Him in the steps of our daily living. Of course God can use our ambitions, drives and desires – but let’s never ignore God’s steady & continuous invitation to stay grounded in God’s presence 🙂