Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pictures


This is what l look at every time I open my computer. "I love you," Beve is saying to SK as he left her apartment in Oakland/Berkeley last month. I love, love, love this picture. This is how we say goodbye every time we leave. Or from across a room. Our parents taught us this sign. My grandmother taught it to my dad. She had a deaf sister, so they did a lot of hand-spelling (not actual ASL in those days). This one stuck--for all of us.

This morning I'm thinking about the Cross, and how it's the ultimate picture of God's love for me. For us. I've been really wrestling with something lately, and I've been doing it on my own. It took until this morning to realize that Calvary means I don't have to. No, that's not even strong enough. Calvary means Christ did all the wrestling and what I do is stand before Him, admit my need, lay down my burden and know that He takes it. He already died for it. So He actually took my burdens 2000 years before I knew I'd need Him to...though He's always working in the present on my behalf as well.

The enemy wants all of us to forget that Christ took care of our junk, that we aren't slaves to sin, that we aren't in bondage and don't have to try to figure our way out like modern-day Houdini s. We're saved. WE'RE SAVED.  And we're constantly being saved--from the one who'd really like to get his dirty little claws into us.

But he can't have us...
because:

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." 1 Cor. 8: 37

2 comments:

Recovering Church Lady said...

So simple. This makes it all sound so simple doesn't it? And it really is. We make it a complicated striving trial again and again. Thank you for this! So good and true.
Susie

Pamela M. Steiner said...

I love the thought of being "more than conquerors" through Christ...Who loved us and gave Himself for us! Powerful stuff. We have victory because of the Victor! Amen! Thank you for this post today. wonderful.