Today my youngest son turned twenty-nine. I was grateful to have some time with him, and we enjoyed visiting together, just the two of us. He’s a gentle soul with a heart of compassion, and he’s also a super smart dude. I know you’re thinking, “Every old crow thinks hers is the blackest.” Well, you’re right. A mother sees the best and cheers the best in all her children. Even when they do not think these things about themselves, our noble calling as mothers demands that we lift up, build up and stir up all the good that the Lord has deposited.
I believe in smiling at the future. (Proverbs 31:25) Whatever the ones we love go through, their crosses are chosen by God, and in Christ there is resurrection and new life. We love well when we do not try to keep someone from the cross they must pick up to follow Him. We simply must believe that God uses everything and works all things together for good (Romans 8:28), and this firm conviction dispels fear and promotes the energy of hope.
The gifts of God are without repentance. In other words, they are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) So it is always appropriate to acknowledge the work of God in someone, regardless of their current sin responses to circumstances and situations (and we all have them–thank God for repentance, forgiveness and new mercies). We are, after all, His witnesses, and we point to the truth when we say, “Look what the Lord has done.”
We can turn this inward, as well. For even if our hearts condemn us, He is greater than our hearts. (1 John 3:20) What we have that is pure and lovely and of good report comes from Him. If there is any good thing, be it talent, skill, or creative problem solving, it comes from the Father of lights. (James 1:17) So, let us acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will strengthen our hearts and make the way ahead straight for us. (Proverbs 3:6)
He does all things well, and He always finishes what He begins. Take courage, dear One, He is still working. He is still speaking. And He is still in control. He is our relentless redeemer.
Until next week, beloved, live and move in the relentless love of your Redeemer.