“Earth to God…Come in, God…” Ibid.
Heard two new songs today. Both left me thinking. Then again – this has been a day of pondering things beyond my understanding. Always a blessed day when I struggle to understand and pull out my Bible over and over to make sure my “lens of focus” is centered on what is important.
Jonah’s story has always caused me to ponder because there are just parts of it, that don’t flow together in my head. First – here is a prophet. Suddenly – he doesn’t want to do what he’s told to do? He’s arguing with God? He runs away from God? Being thrown overboard and swallowed by a whale is probably the easiest thing to understand in the whole story. But then there is that other thing about a vine to shelter him when he already built a shelter and the worm who eats it. What’s up with that?
I’ve probably read it – read commentaries – listened to podcasts – a few times over. One thing I’m sure of – when the timing is right – I will understand it a little more.
“We need Your light, We need Your love, to heal the world, You made and save us now in our darkest hour With Your amazing grace…Earth to God” Ibid.
Jonah is the portion of the Torah that is read during these 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, so it was good to go back to it and try one more time. One truth I did walk away with today, was this. As I repent and say, “I’m sorry” and turn from my wicked ways, it doesn’t change what I did. It is forgiven, but the physical realities of the act remain. There are always consequences to our actions even when we are forgiven. What forgiveness and grace do – – is renew His Spirit within me and energize the potential of who He designed me to be into action.
“Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our iniquity and sin, and take us as Your inheritance.” Ex 34:9b
So tonight as I listened to people pray for our military, police, leaders – – as I watched some of my favorite singers – – then smiled as familiar names and faces that were from my childhood came on stage – – I am thankful for being born for such a time as this.
Repentance isn’t fun. Turning from my wicked ways isn’t easy. However – watching The Return 2020 helps me realize that if we unite as a people and seek His face – ANYTHING is possible. After all – – – we have His covenant to sustain us, and He never changes.
“Earth to God…Come in, God,” lyrics by John Rich
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor 3:16-18