Today I am just feeling very moved to share a few passages from my bible reading today. They spoke to my heart in a profound way about the God’s truth and purpose for us.
The first line that really stood out for me was talking about Jesus, that all things were created by him and for him….and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16,17 It’s a really profound statement when you think about it. All things, that includes you and I. We weren’t just created by God/Jesus, we were created FOR God/Jesus. Me! I was made for Jesus. It moves me to tears just thinking about it. It makes me feel special and loved which I think is exactly the purpose.
Think about it this way, why do we have children? I would attest that it is because we want to share our love, our knowledge, our heritage, because we want to leave a part of ourselves behind. We have children even knowing that they have the power to break our hearts, to reject us. We do it because they also have the power to bring us unconditional love and joy. I can only imagine that those feelings must be a shadow of the reason behind why God chose to create mankind, even knowing that we would turn our backs on him and commit acts of terror and violence against his creation and ourselves. Why? Because he had so much love to share that it could only be expressed through the creation of mankind. He created us FOR him. For him to love us.
I think another powerful statement is that “in him all things hold together”. Now I’ve had my share of “I’m going to fall apart” moments over the last year and I’m pretty sure I’m going to continue to have them. And I guess that’s where this phrase really resonates for me, because during those moments, I have felt God holding me together. I have found reassurance in the knowledge that God has a plan for my life, and that, even though I can’t see it, he is holding the strands of my life’s tapestry in his hands and weaving them all together, into something beautiful. And one day I am going to look down at the completed piece and think wow! this beautiful thing…this is how God saw me.
The final verse that I wanted to share today is Colossians 1:19 For God was pleased to have his fullness dwell in him (Jesus) and through him (Jesus) to reconcile to himself all things…”
God made us through and for Jesus. Then, when we strayed from his plans, when we broke his heart, instead of turning his back on us, he used that very same son, the one he made us through and for to reconcile us. What a powerful message of unconditional love and forgiveness. As a parent it is definitely something to aspire to.
I know today’s blog wasn’t typical for me, but it’s what I felt moved to share, so perhaps if you are still reading this, it’s a message God wants you to have too.