Soulful Sundays: You are important!

There were a lot of mini-sermons today at church. This morning I was able (willing) to go to Sunday school. This is something that I need to make one of my routines. It’s so easy to not want to do much on Sunday mornings, because it’s the day before I go back to work. I’m ashamed to admit this, but we get up and have plenty of time to get ready for Sunday school, but we just lounge for an hour waking up. God gave so much for all of us and I can’t even go to Sunday school. I can’t even dedicate more than one hour to learning God’s Word. Well, “can’t” isn’t an appropriate word, because I could. I just chose not to. That’s going to change, because He is important, I am important, and we are important. There will be more on that later.

The first way that God spoke to me this morning was during Sunday school, the preacher’s dad talking about “being everything to everyone.” That sounds like a hard task to accomplish, but it really isn’t. As long as you treat yourself well and love yourself, then you can “love others the way that {you} love yourself.” If you are able to put judgments aside, then you will be able to get insight into their trials and tribulations. Not only that, but you will be able to rejoice when they are going through the good times. A big thing to being everything to everyone is to listen to what they have to say. If you’re constantly talking, you’re not hearing their side of life.

The next way that God spoke to me is when we were singing the song “Arms of Love.” I was singing and looked over at this grandma rocking her grandson. The lyrics to “Arms of Love” just seemed so fitting for that situation. It also made me think about how that God rocks us in His arms of Love. He is constantly holding us. Even when the situations are bad, he’s holding us close to His heart. That is such a comforting feeling for me. I hope it is for you as well.

Then we sang the song “Lamb of God.” That song just moves every time that I sing it. Read these lyrics and you will understand.

YOUR ONLY SON, NO SIN TO HIDE
BUT YOU HAVE SENT HIM
FROM YOUR SIDE
TO WALK UPON THIS GUILTY SOD
AND TO BECOME THE LAMB OF GOD

YOUR GIFT OF LOVE THEY CRUCIFIED
THEY LAUGHED AND SCORNED HIM
AS HE DIED
THE HUMBLE KING THEY NAMED A FRAUD
AND SACRIFICED THE LAMB OF GOD

O LAMB OF GOD SWEET LAMB OF GOD
I LOVE THE HOLY LAMB OF GOD
O WASH ME IN YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD
MY JESUS CHRIST THE LAMB OF GOD

I WAS SO LOST I SHOULD HAVE DIED
BUT YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME TO
YOUR SIDE
TO BE LEAD BY YOUR STAFF AND ROD
AND TO BE CALLED A LAMB OF GOD

O LAMB OF GOD SWEET LAMB OF GOD
I LOVE THE HOLY LAMB OF GOD
O WASH ME IN YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD
TILL I AM JUST A LAMB OF GOD

Then one of the men at our church did the Lord’s Supper and talked about how that God calls us to be like children. I got to thinking about what qualities God might want us to take from children. Here are just a few that make sense to me. Enjoy the small things, be easily amused, be at peace with everyone, go to our Father for all our needs, and never lose our sense of wonder. I think that if I instilled these qualities in my life, I would be happy a lot more. Not that I’m not happy, in case you were wondering. Then he said, during his prayer, something that is applicable to my life in many situations, “Some things that God does is far from what we want, but it’s exactly what we need.” Going through all of these interviews, I’ve been asking for people to pray for God’s will to be done. When it didn’t work out, I would get upset. Then I would think, “I asked for God’s will, not mine. So, why am I so upset?” Then I would pick myself up by my proverbial boot straps (with a little assistance) and move on.

My conversation with God continued on through the sermon. Matt started out telling us a cute story. There was this mom that had these two little boys. They weren’t listening and were very rowdy. She decided to schedule an appointment with the preacher to have him talk to them. She knew that this big, deep-voiced preacher would be able to set them straight. So, she took them to the preacher’s office. The little boy sat outside in the hallway and the big boy went into the office. The preacher and the big boy sat opposite each other. They sit there for a couple, uncomfortable minutes. Then the preacher says (in a loud voice), “Where is God?” The boy just sits there, confused. The preacher says again (in a loud voice), “Where is God?” The little boy looks to the left and the right and then back at the preacher. Then the preacher asks again, “Where is God?” The little boy hops up, runs out the door, grabs his brother’s hand, runs down the street, runs into his house, up the stairs, in his closet and shuts the door. His brother asks him what happened. The boy says, with worry in his voice, “God is missing and they think we had something to do with it!”

Matt went from telling that story to talking about how that God is everywhere and in all things and that He is not missing. He talked about Genesis 1 and how that it’s an ancient song about the creation of the universe. God made everything and saw it was good. Included in the Creation, of course, was us. He thinks that we are a good creation. In fact, He thinks that a human life is the most important thing in the world. I think that the song in Psalm 139:1 says it best.

“1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And you are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged (enclosed) me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ Even the night shall be light about me; 11 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”

God is all around us and you don’t have to go very far to see the simple things that God blesses us with. It’s like love notes from God. The waves of the ocean crashing into the shore, a school of sting rays swimming right under where we were standing, the sway of the palm trees, the smell of a new baby, a good night with great friends, a niece/nephew coming to me for consoling, snuggles with Domino, my mom playing with my hair. These are love notes that God has left for me lately.

He created the Word for us. He created all of Creation for us. He also gave us a human-being named Jesus. He wanted to become flesh, so that He could set an example of how we should live. He did what we could not do. He died on the cross, so that we didn’t have to do it. He feels that human life is the most important thing. We are valuable to Him. The sooner we realize that, the sooner our life will become beautiful. Like His creation.

  1 comment for “Soulful Sundays: You are important!

  1. Mom
    July 19, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Whenever I think of you -the longest love note from God that I’ve ever received-I see a most beautiful creation….the greatest gift on this earth…my daughter.
    I love you–Mom

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