|Artwork by my wonderful friend|
Jodi Shen Lewis
Waves of God's mercy....what does that mean? I am no theologian and don't pretend to have the gift of knowledge when it comes to interpreting the scriptures. But what I do have is life experience allowing God's word to fill my life and direct it.
When I think of mercy I understand it to be the act of being given or giving something that is undeserved. How do I attach that to my grief? What part of this is undeserved? I'm trying to wrap my head around this. Bare with me as I process this.
Unfortunately we live in a fallen world and sin and suffering are part of that fall. God did not plan it that way, but from day one He has given man a choice and man chose to fall into "self". Genesis 3:1-6. He has not forced anything on us. We chose. We continue to choose.
I look at the woman in the picture Jodi created and this woman is kneeling, bowing before the Lord and is receiving His mercy in waves. That is me. I am choosing to bow at His feet through this. I am no more deserving of His grace and mercy than anyone else...but I am choosing to reach for it moment by moment instead of the alternative. We all know what the alternative looks like. We have seen others choose it, chosen it ourselves and seen the writhing pain and black hole it produces. I want what Isaiah spoke of in Chapter 3, " a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair". This is what I want for me and my family and all those who are grieving.
Not only do I choose to fall at His feet, but I purpose to move forward for my other children. They are still very much alive and have so much ahead of them. Going to Luke's game last Sunday was the first in those steps. Here is a picture of Luke making the final 3 pointer of the game. It felt so good to cheer.
This morning Amanda and I chose to speak at the Light Of Hope CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) fundraiser. We had been scheduled to do this a while ago. We decided God would give us what we needed to pull off the event. He did, and we were blessed. We both spoke and Amanda sang "Beautiful", by Mercy Me. Was it easy? Nope! A few tears were shed. But we did it because we are purposing to move forward with our grief and allow God to wash over us with His grace and mercy as we move.