Thanksgiving 2013 was one for the record books.
Oh. My. It’s never happened to us like that before: the vicious throw-up bug getting us one-by-one. The babe and I had already battled the disease earlier in the week. But, the alarming 4 am wake up by our middle son signified it was amidst us again. Then, our older son at 8 am. Then, my strong man about 5 pm. By bedtime, I was making the rounds to all three with saltines and jello and 7-up.
But joy was in my face. All day long. I recently decorated my mantle for Christmas. It was inspired by Trish and Bonnie at www.uncommondesignsonline.com. I simply followed their step-by-step tutorial here.
So, my joy in lights served as a visible reminder that in the midst of the junk, in the midst of the sickness, in the midst of the disappointing redo of holiday plans, joy can still exist— illuminating even the darkest and hopeless of places. It’s a joy anchored in the persevering love of God.
Hosea loved Gomer with a persevering love. And in their love story, God paints a very tangible picture of His love for his people.
14-15 “And now, here’s what I’m going to do:
I’m going to start all over again.
I’m taking her back out into the wilderness
where we had our first date, and I’ll court her.
I’ll give her bouquets of roses.
I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope.
She’ll respond like she did as a young girl,
those days when she was fresh out of Egypt.
Hosea 2:14-15 MSG
There is nothing too much for God’s love. His persevering love reaches into your “too much” spaces and throws you a rescue line. If you are feeling:
- too deep in your disobedience
- too progressed in your disease
- too wasted in your grief
- too hopeless in your situation
Think again. God’s love is bigger, stronger, and acts on your behalf. Hosea 2:14-17 tells us that…
In the face of your “too much,” God says,
“I am on a mission to attract, woo, entice you back to Me. I may lead you into the desert – a place that may feel dry and hopeless and empty. But, the desert is also a place free of distractions. A place where you will see Me clearly like never before. I will whisper tender comfort, tender love, good things into your heart over and over and over. I will be at work to restore your brokenness and all the trouble you have brought on yourself. The very thing that broke your heart, I will use as a doorway of renewed hope found only in Me. I will mend what your sin severed, our relationship. And knit it tighter in devotion, instead of duty. My love hangs on til morning and illuminates your life with joy.”
God’s love perseveres.
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For the month of December, the gift-giving month, we are going to flesh out all the gifts that God gives us as we begin a new relationship with Him!
Can you find them in Hosea 2:18-23?
I’ll see you on TUESDAY as we unwrap the first of His gifts to us!