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There are just those times in life when “storms” come your way that catch you by surprise.
I was powerfully reminded again this week while on a walk near a beautiful golf course. At first, skies were somewhat cloudy, but the air was still with the fragrance of spring. Within minutes, a strong wind came up and I became the target of a fierce thunderstorm, including hail and drenching rain that flooded the streets. I was soaked to the bone.
Nearby lightning strikes pushed me well beyond my comfort zone. To add insult to injury, a number of SUV’s drove by . . . instead of stopping to offer transport to safety, the drivers instead targeted the deepest flooded areas of the street . . . spraying water as high in the air as possible.
When it comes to the spiritual sopping mess of our soul, Christ had every reason to drive by as well. I marvel at the way He comes to us in pure gracious love when we are caught in the storms of life . . . when our own sin and selfishness, pride and opposition to His will have knocked us down. From John 15 we read,
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
This is David “JB” Miller asking “Do you know His grace?” To experience His rescue demands that we also resist the urge to come up with excuses as to why He does not need us to stand in the gap for others . . . in their storm . . . before looking out for ourselves.
When you and I say yes to being a conduit to His love, mercy and protection . . . that is when we become fully alive . . . that indeed becomes . . .
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. . . our Memorial Day.