For those of you wondering, my week has been a wreck.
Monday morning was jolted to a start in a car wreck that was a lot better than it should have been (but talk to the car, he might disagree). Crashing into a cement median on the highway should have set off the air bags in the very least, but somehow Patrick (the red GMC who is a very big fan of road trips and off-roading on the occasion) and I were unharmed except for the right tire. Some might say that is just luck, the car mechanic says it was thanks to my Jesus bobble-head on the dashboard, but if you ask me – that is just straight up God-power.
And I think that is how a lot of things in life work too.
You can be on this straight path, life is going great. You can have done nothing wrong, but maybe you start drifting a little off course and then you hit something. And you start to wonder, how did I let myself end up here? What did I do wrong? How did I wreck? And – why am I okay?
Ironically enough, this morning I have been reading through Jeremiah and found this verse.
“There is a hope for your future…Set up road markers for yourself; make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went…How long will you waver, o faithless daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth.”
So maybe we get a little off track. Maybe the point A to point B gets a little mixed up and lost along the way. And maybe you get so far gone that you feel like you have just hit a cement median.
But no one promised us that the path to Heaven was easy, I just promise that it is going to be worth it. There is a song thats lyrics frequently appear on my Pintrest boards and part of it says,
“you’ve taught my feet to dance upon disappointments”.
And why the heck wouldn’t we? Bottomline is, we are going to mess up over and over again. We are going to get off track and we are going to wonder, “Where in the world am I?”
AND THAT IS SO OKAY.
When you have a God so great that He pulls you out of the wreckage of all your mistakes and loves you when you have a lip swollen to the size of a ping pong ball, how can you not celebrate in the simple joy that is His grace?
No matter what, He loves us. Just think about that for a second. You can go so far, wreck so many things –
and He still looks at you and thinks, “That is my kiddo right there. And I love them way too much. And I have this amazing plan for them and somehow, someway, they are going to be so great.”
So let’s stop looking back on our mistakes, thinking, “I can’t do it. I’m worthless. I am too far gone.”
Newsflash, you aren’t.
No lie, no fights you might start, no horrible things you say or others can say about you is going to make Him change how He feels about you. So stop wavering. Stop being faithless. And start dancing on those disappointments.