Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Look in the Mirror at God's Marvelous Works!

Just a little over two years ago, our Stella was born so very premature and our Lucy was delivered into heaven. Such precious twins, I cannot wait to see them united in heaven. About that same time our daughter’s friend from elementary school experienced the same thing – one twin being born premature and the other sent to heaven. We’ve marveled at the circumstances of two friends being so close alike.  Recently little Luke and little Stella got to meet face to face. Two miracles from God, both growing and changing and becoming all that God has planned for them.

Each mother could concentrate on the loss of one of their babies. It’s hard for sure. They could also concentrate on the troubles they went through getting to survival with the ones who lived. They could replay over and over the days and nights in hospital waiting rooms, at the incubator, the doctors’ visits and the problems.  They could look at what they’ve been through.  They could live in fear and dread the rest of their lives.

Where does God want us to look? At the circumstances? At the problems? At the trials? We can. We can concentrate so completely on the right now that we won’t see the whole picture changing bit by bit before our very eyes.

Instead, God wants us to look to Him as He reminds us that He is the author and finisher of our faith and of the faith of our children as well. He who caused a less than two pound infant to overcome is also the One who will cause us to overcome! No, everything doesn’t work out perfectly in our eyes, but we can count on God who promises that All Things Work Together for Good.

If you need a reminder of the goodness of God and the overwhelming victory He gives us, look at Stella and her friend Luke. Look in the mirror. You are no accident and no mistake. You were not born too early or born too late. You haven’t missed your call. You haven’t gone overboard. You aren’t beyond hope, beyond redemption or beyond grace.

Oh beloved, the mirror of God’s Word never lies. But you must learn to see yourself the way God sees you so that you can live in love, joy and peace no matter what. Don’t look away from His mirror to the world’s standards or those of people who don’t believe God. Instead keep your eyes on Jesus, keep your heart focused on His Word and watch as bit by bit your perfect life in Christ unfolds!

God loves you, just the way you are and He’s for you, even in your human imperfections, so jump for joy and live for Him with your whole heart for your whole life!

2 Corinthians 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.

I Corinthians 13:12  Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

Isaiah 64:8 And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

Psalm 100:3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

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