There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12
This morning I experienced a strong feeling of sadness. While driving and thinking on the circumstance I couldn’t help but think also of the immense sadness God the Father must experience as He observes the abnormality of the world.
This place, once created and reserved for pure love, absolute peace, utter joy and full fellowship with the Father has, like silver exposed to the air, tarnished with sin. Life has been set into motion and decay has become the norm. Right? After all, death is imminent. For me, it’s all I’ve known and because I’ve refused to see the forest for the trees, I’ve accepted abnormal for today’s norm. The entire gauge of what should be was reset and my heart, over time, drifted so far from the Father I replaced in my mind abnormal for normal.
But God’s intent was never for us to live as dysfunctional children within a dysfunctional world. His plan all along was pure fellowship with Him in the healthiest of gardens where God walked among the ferns. And that blasted snake ruined everything! But just when he thought he got the upper-hand and continued to destroy all that God created, God did something so abnormal no one even noticed! He came to earth!
God Himself in full perfection-sinless, became abnormal — abnormally abnormal. And on that tender, sad, yet victorious day, Jesus said it was finished. Jesus became The abnormal norm. The consequences of sin continue to play out in the lives of those who choose to follow anything contrary to Christ, but Jesus paid the price and created a new place to dwell, in full fellowship by becoming my life! And while the world measures abnormal against its standards, God measures my normal by Who lives in and through me!
Lord Jesus, today I’m sad for many reasons, but in the midst of this I am filled with joy that comes from knowing that the lies of the world are not what you use to measure what is normal! May my life reflect a normal that the world sees as abnormal because the world does not know you like I know you! Let those who do not understand why I serve you the way I serve you see in me a full measure of you. I know that Anything + Me = a Mess! And I know that Everything – You = Nothing . . . which means, You + Nothing = EVERYTHING!
God saw all that he had made and it was very good. Genesis 1:31