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Monday, April 23, 2012


“It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”” Romans 14:11 NIV
For some reason this verse, and verses similar to it always evoked in my mind, images of this scary God forcing knees to bow...
but, this morning, as I read this, I was reminded of the verse that says that our God is a patient God not wanting anyone to perish...and, I realize that every knee will bow by choice not by force, it is God's desire for everyone of us not to perish...and, that every little circumstance we've experienced may be used as a redemptive story for ourselves or for someone else. 
and then, I remember, driving the other morning...stretched out in front of me were black mountains...a giant expanse of shadows...but, i didn't even notice the expanse of mountains b/c just above the mountains stood a much smaller mountain...snow-covered it stood bright and white, it was nearly blinding...even though it's size was minute compared to the shadowed mountains in front of it, you couldn't help but only notice it.
as I sat looking at this mountain, I realized how much like life it was...in front of all of us is a great expanse of dark, of rough terrain, of trials and climbs and shadows...
we can choose to stay in the shadows, or we can choose to shine...
others do see the shadows stretched out in front of us...and they also see how we respond to our situations...
and this is when i realize that it is often how we respond to life that causes other's "knees to bow" (ie see Christ in us)...it isn't necessarily our holiness...b/c we are not holy...it is not the picture perfect anything...it's the darkness in our lives and our response to it...our complete dependence on God that causes others to see Him too.

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