Readings: Genesis 3:8-15, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35
I stubbed my little toe bad enough that it swelled up and turned purple. Ouch. It’s uncomfortable and I wear sandals so it can be free of pressure, but then it’s in danger of getting hit again. It’s surprising that such a tiny toe can keep me up at night and make me walk a little funny in the day. I stubbed my toe spiritually a while back, too, and I haven’t dealt well with it. My emotions and spirit were bruised, so I tried to free myself from the pressure and pain, but I actually put my spirit in a vulnerable position, like wearing a sandal that frees the toe but puts it in danger of getting injured again. It kept me up at night and made me walk a little funny in the Light. In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul talked about Jesus’ resurrection, our salvation, and grace, then said, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” By trying to avoid what I didn’t understand, I was missing that inward renewal and putting my heart at risk. This I know: God wants to work with us in every life circumstance. He wants us to approach His Throne with confidence, even if we limp a little.