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“But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us,” (Romans 5:8, AMP).
While sweeping the patio one day, I found a coin. I picked it up and noticed how grimy it was. I felt it was not worth cleaning, and I threw it away.
Almost immediately, the thought occurred to me that though the coin was thoroughly dirty, it had the same value it always did.
So, too, I thought, Jesus Christ washed my sins away, and I remain a worthy child of the One who first created me. I felt sad as I thought of people whose circumstances or way of life impedes us seeing their true worth. As a result, we fail to offer them our assistance.
What would have become of us if the Lord had dealt with us as I first dealt with the coin?
Paul wrote, “I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that [Christ] is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to Him,” (2 Timothy 1:12).
The airplane I was traveling home on was enveloped in thick, dense clouds. All of the passengers had become silent as the aircraft bucked and heaved in the dark sky. As we neared the airport, I caught fleeting glimpses of the earth below, but I still felt a long way from home.
I thought about the faith the passengers had placed in the training and skill of the pilot and crew. We had not hesitated to place our lives in their hands.
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb,” (Matthew 28:1 NIV).
I love the two Mary’s. They were the first ones to arrive at the tomb, the first ones to hear the angel and the first ones to learn the good news that Jesus had risen from the dead–and to believe it! They were the first to tell others the message that has been repeated around the world for 2,000 years: “Jesus has risen from the dead!”
The Mary’s were the first to be filled with resurrection joy, the first to see the risen Jesus and the first to worship Him. They were the first, but they weren’t the last–because they told the disciples and the disciples told others, and those others told others, until someone told you and someone told me.
My friend always called me when she had a problem to work through. One morning, she had a particularly complicated problem that took some time to explain. I was listening intently, without interrupting her, in order to get an accurate sense of her concern.
Suddenly, she stopped and asked, “Are you there?”
“Yes,” I answered. “I’m listening.”
Reassured, she continued. Then, we talked until she felt her problem was resolved.
It occurred to me that sometimes we feel as if God is not listening or has forgotten about us. Like my friend, we ask, “Are you there?”