“It’s not the going, it’s the leaving,” I complained to God, 13 years ago, looking at another move, arguing with Deuteronomy 31:8. (The LORD is the One who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.) He answered me with Job 40:2, Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
It comes back to my mind often. I’m okay with going, but I HATE to leave — to leave comfort and security and the beloved familiar. Leaving is hard and scary.
And it came back to my mind this morning, during communion, as I realized that my Lord is the Lord who left heaven’s glories to enclose the fullness of deity in a tiny human body so that God could bleed anguished human blood for the sins of the world.
He left his Father’s throne above — so free, so infinite his grace!
And it came back again during a sermon on God’s call to Abraham to leave the beloved familiar and go live as a stranger in a strange land of promise . . . that in his offspring — in CHRIST — all the nations of the earth would be blessed!
When we celebrate Christ’s arrival on earth at Christmastime, we celebrate the fact that He left heaven for our benefit. And, while we partake of immeasurable riches of glory in Him, we can be sure that while He may call us to go — and to leave — He will be faithful to His promises to go before, and be with us, and make us, by faith Abraham’s offspring, a blessing.
Today I took Kate Motaung’s prompt, reflect, as an opportunity to share things on which I’ve been reflecting. And it took me longer than five minutes, but I’m okay with that. The “reflect” button above will take you to Kate’s site where you can read about Five Minute Friday and see what others have written about reflect.
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