What is it about us humans – or at least this human. Usually about the time I’m feeling I’ve gotten my life together in a way that honors Jesus, is about the time He shows me how far I have to go.

Sometimes it’s a gentle nudge (I like those) – other times it’s a back pain issue that takes me down for a week or longer. During that time I can’t keep up my usual busyness and so I think more. And I talk more to Jesus. And I see more clearly the facade of self.

Thank goodness for this: “It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1Peter 1:3b NLT)

Mercy. Needing a lot of that each day. But so does the hurting world around us. Oh for the boldness – and love – to tell of this great mercy. Now more than ever.

Covid has taught many of us a lot of things. Praying what it really teaches is that God loves us ALL. And has called us to love each other. The greatest sign of Christian love? Sharing this amazing news: someday there will not be pandemics. And some great day no more worries or cares. Just a forever better than anything we’ve known here. “Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” (1Peter 1:3c-4 NLT)

For now we have to endure things that we may not call blessings. Things like cancer, job loss, death. Yet there’s still signs of goodness. The gifts of a peachy dawn sky and cool end of day breeze. The precious gift of the Holy Spirit – never leaving us, right there in our trials. And His great gift of faith to our souls.

Faith is our anchor, keeping us from losing our way. And our faith is our protection no matter what comes our way. So whether I wake up to my back aching deep or I wander free through the yard enjoying the chasing of little boys, the power of salvation received at the cross is mine – and yours – all our days.

“And through your faith, God is protecting you by His power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.” (1Peter 1:5 NLT)

13 Comments on “Human…

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your back acting up. I hope you are better. I just had a groin pull and could barely walk for a few days. Not fun. Better now! You are always spot on with your articles. Keep up the ministry of the word.




    • Trying times keep us on track for sure – His great mercy and love see us through. Thanks for your encouragement and love.


  2. So beautifully said, Paris. I, too, am finding myself talking more to Jesus, relying on the Holy Spirit, and growing my faith as I depend on the heavenly Father in uncertain days.


    • Funny isn’t it that uncertainty in this world is the one thing we can be certain of  It does draw our hearts to Him and that is the blessing. May you feel His tender mercy through all the days ahead as you walk ever closer.


  3. So glad God doesn’t reveal all our shortcomings and faults all at once, or we would stumble under their weight. I keep trying to remember that I will never have my life together. There will always be more growth needed. It can get discouraging, but this side of heaven, it seems that’s the way it is.


    • I love your list – for no matter what earthly happenings weigh us down – His blessings abound and His mercies are new every morning. Blessings as you track His faithfulness and find yours grows as you do…


      • lovely send off, Paris: I want to track His faithfulness more faithfully, but then my intimacy and trust grows.


  4. “about the time I’m feeling I’ve gotten my life together in a way that honors Jesus, is about the time He shows me how far I have to go.”

    I identify so much with this.


  5. This is such a great perspective to have, Paris, especially right now. I’m looking forward to that “forever better than any we’ve known here,” that’s for sure!


    • Looking forward to eternity with you. Along the way we will have troubles, but we can take heart, He has overcome this world and we are blessed with forever. Amen!


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