My life is filled with face-plants, and probably just like your life, they seem to happen on a regular basis. Now, I’m not referring to the “fell-off-my-skateboard” kind of face-plant. I’m referring to the “life-just-just-hit-me-square-in the-face” kind of face-plant. Sometimes my face-plants aren’t too awful and they just tend to give me a couple of scrapes and bruises, but other times they knock the life right out of me. What I have begun to learn, though, is that every time I search those moments, I find a faithful Redeemer ready to pick me up and make good out of my mess.
Whether He is redeeming the day-to-day mistakes that arise as my children grow or the obnoxious pieces of my quite broken past, bringing hope to the low moments of our marriage, or setting grace into the struggles that evolve in relationships of all design, He is unswerving. Always there. Or, when He is doing a big work in the life of our precious little girl, His faithfulness never ceases to amaze me and fill me with life-giving hope. Our daughter may have been orphaned at birth, may have lived nearly five years in a Bulgarian orphanage, and now suffer from both physical and emotional challenges….but this face-plant that has knocked the life right out of us is being redeemed by a God Who will not leave or ever give up.
I’m really just a wife and mama of three, but I think that j-u-s-t maybe there is a chance that we may find a special connection as we Search the Moments of life for the grace, hope, and redemption that is waiting there for each of us.
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you…That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.
-Isaiah 43:1-4 The Message