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Fair Trade


For the last few weeks, I have been… heavy. REALLY heavy. It hasn’t been a normal kind of heaviness either. This is an unfamiliar variety of encumbrance that I’ve never before experienced. I have been feeling the weight, not of the world, but of a life consisting of my multitudinous responsibilities, ongoing obligations, personal goals, interpersonal connections and work expectations, coupled with my undisguised exhaustion and noticeable (to me at least) vulnerabilities…  all on my recently more developed shoulders. :-/

As I was openly lamenting my burdens, my amazing wife (no seriously, she’s amazing) reminded me of the following scripture from Matthew 11…

“28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

And as we were praying together last night, I was overcome with gratitude for the invitation to shed this weight. To let it fall away. Not looking back at it. Not caring about its size, color or shape. But just knowing that once I’ve put it down, I can begin to walk away from it, in exchange for the Lord’s lightness and ease. It was in the immediacy of this moment I realized that as unbalanced and disproportionate as this may seem to me, as far as the Lord is concerned, it’s a fair trade. I really had to take it in… Jesus Holds

  • Giving him all the things that feel as if they will crush me under their collective weight = Fair Trade
  • Unloading all of my feelings of guilt, regret, unworthiness and insignificance = Fair Trade
  • Yielding those areas of my life over which (if I’m being honest) I have absolutely no control anyway = Fair Trade
  • Accepting the inequity of my load in exchange for His = Fair Trade
  • Salvation simply because He loves me = Fair Trade

I have been liberated.

 

“Lord I’m undone. I come to You. Show me Your face, Your spirit and truth. That I might worship free from my sin. I just want you.”Something New, Transparent

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Blind Love


Yesterday I saw something that really moved me…

As I pulled out of the gas station on my way home from work, I watched as a middle-aged man walked down the street arm-in-arm with a woman who I could only assume was his girlfriend.

You might be wondering, “So you saw a couple walking down the street… what’s so moving about that?”

Well, as I got into the left-hand turn lane, I could tell the man was visually impaired because he was using a white cane to cross the street. What moved me is that his girlfriend, who was holding tightly to his arm as they walked, was completely blind. She was depending on him to lead her to their destination, and I could tell from the confidence in her steps that she trusted him to do so without any concern or worry.

When they reached the other side of the street, I was so captivated by them that I didn’t even notice the light turn green. That is, until the cars behind me started honking. I started my turn onto the cross street and caught a glimpse of them in my rear view mirror.

I was reminded of the old saying that love is blind. If there was ever a moment that epitomized those words, it was literally this one. As far as their love story is concerned, appearance, weight and ethnicity are perfectly irrelevant. If only those with functioning eyes could see as clearly…

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