I did something today that I haven't done in four years at least. I put on my big black roller blades and took off. Those of you who knew me four years ago, know how wonderful this must have felt. Those of you who know me now, might also be able to imagine how much needed this time was. You see, some of you know that the past couple of weeks have been filled with "yuck" all around me. "Yuck" actually doesn't really begin to explain it really. Here is a run down. An adoption quickly approaching 2 years with no real end in sight. One young man and two young women my age dead, leaving behind young families and countless loved ones. Cancer claiming yet another precious member of our family. A shooting in an elementary school, probably not too much different from the one I taught in only 2 years ago. Seriously, so much sorrow and sadness in this world. I was to the point of being a bit overwhelmed by it all.
Then, as I took off on my roller blades, this song was the VERY FIRST one that played. We could make all kinds of arguments about these different tragedies. "Adoption shouldn't be so hard, I mean there are sooo many babies who need homes" or "If we could only find a cure" or "We really need better gun laws". I'm not saying that some of those arguments aren't valid; I'm just saying that even if all of those problems were solved this world would still be filled with sorrow. This world would still be filled with pain. This world would still be filled with "yuck". Why? This. world. is. not. our. home. Like the song says (go listen to it) "Jesus has overcome,
And the grave is overwhelmed,
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead." I needed that reminder. I needed to be reminded that Jesus has won the victory over sin and all the sorrow in this world.
1Corinthians 15:55-57 "Oh death, where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"
My time roller blading ended with this song. These lyrics brought me to tears.
"Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains
Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsty.com/jesus-culture-one-thing-remains-lyrics.html ]
On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains."
I am so thankful for His love. So thankful that it never fails. In the face of the fear of our adoption never coming to an end. In the face of the sorrow for my friends and family who are dealing with loss. In the face of evil that is senseless killings. This one thing remains. "Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me." That love is the answer to the questions that these trials bring.
Romans 5:8 "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."