Sunday, June 14, 2020

Worn out in this World, But Welcome to Christ

"You have searched me and known me...

You are aware of all my ways." Ps. 139: 1,3


Our resident chickadee is small, but exerts a mighty influence on when we're allowed to sit on our back porch. He and his mate have a little nest in our birdbox. Just like that, they arrived one day in May and set up housekeeping.

Yesterday my husband was taking a break, relaxing on the back porch, and the chickadee let him know, in no uncertain terms, his presence was not welcome. He kept chirping and making his "dee-dee" sound until my husband took the hint and came inside.

A tiny and exquisite creation, yet he has great influence.  Eating on the backporch for us is off limits now when Mom and Dad Chickadee are bringing bugs to their babies.

 How small and insignificant we are in comparison to Almighty God. Yet He knows us better than we know ourselves. And Job says we decay, and are wearing out like moth eaten garment in Job 13:28.

I guess our self importance isn't so significant, if we are iwearing out. Wrinkles, gray hair, aches and pains are daily reality.  Don't forget old people aren't of much value in our society.  I am wearing out, just like Job, just like all of us.

 But what about what David said to God?

"When I observe your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You set in place, what is man that You remember him, the son of man, that you look after him? You made him a little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor." Ps. 8: 3-5

Wearing out, yet He crowned us with glory and honor, He made us in His image. He gave us dominion over this earth, though we have squandered it and ruined it. He sent His very own Son to take on humanity, to know the same frailties we experience. 

In the book of Revelation, Jesus addresses seven churches during human history, the last one being Laodecia. It's where  we find ourselves, without a doubt. Though Revelation 3:20 is used as a salvation verse, it is meant for the individual believer. In the church of Laodecia, Jesus is somehow locked out of the church, that is why He says to each individual member:

"Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and He with Me."

Jesus wants to have dinner with fallen, worn out people like you and me. He wants to be in all of our day, as we go about, walking, talking, cleaning or working. In every little detail, He wants to be there, taking our troubles and working them for the good in our lives. 

The days are overwhelming, bad news is everywhere. Yet God is here, waiting to be invited into our everyday life, shouldering the burdens we carry and the worries we have for tomorrow. I'm so glad I'm important to Him. He wants the same for you.

If you feel burdened, you can go to Him now. You can tell Him that you don't know what the world is coming to, but trust Him that He does. He has a good plan for His ones that trust Him. Things may look bad right now, but there is a new day coming, when He will reign upon this earth once again. All that is broken will be made right.

The God that made the tiniest bird in intricacy and finesse cares for us. I am changing, wearing down, but He is constant. He has his eye on the  sparrow,  the chickadee, and He has His eye on me.

"Certainly, man walks about like a mere shadow. Indeed, they frantically rush around in vain, gathering possessions without knowing who will get them.
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You." Ps. 39: 6-7