The day is coming…

(Taken in part from a post originally published April 3, 2021)

Last year my Pastor recounted the story of Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem.

“Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

Mark 11:2-3

The Lord needs it and will send it back shortly.

Pastor talked about how incongruent that sentence was.  Why does God need anything?  He can just snap his fingers and make it so.  But Jerusalem was buzzing that day.  There was huge anticipation for the King the Jews believed was coming.  They were ready for a revolution to change their circumstances.  And because they were looking for a king, when one of Jesus’ disciples said, “The Lord needs it,” the owner of the donkey understood.  After all, rulers took things all the time.  So, if a King wanted his donkey, he could have it….

But what might not get much attention is that Jesus also sent the colt back. 

Because, as the pastor said, God doesn’t ask us for anything that he won’t return to us in glory. 

“Give, and it will be given to you.”

Luke 6:38

A friend told me the story of how his mother, after his dad died, never spoke about it except to say, “God took him.”  She didn’t say he died, he passed away, he went to be with the Lord.  “God took him.”

She never quite recovered from that. 

It’s hard to contemplate the idea of God’s supremacy over all the world, without also blaming Him for when things go wrong.  Especially when we lose our loved ones. After all, if He can turn things to good, then why couldn’t he have stopped the bad?

God has given us life and in giving us life, he also gave us free will.  But He doesn’t play with us like chess pieces on the board. 

So how then, does He make goodness from pain?

We are the answer to that question.  He made us to love, to give love, to receive love.  That is the goodness he makes of the pain.

The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. 

Psalm 145:9

The Lord could snap his fingers, keep all the pain away or heal it instantly.  He could just breathe the word and make it so.  But God knows us, He knows our hearts, He knows our sorrow, our happiness, and our fulfillment.  And relationship brings all of those.  Relationships with our spouses, our children, our parents, our friends, and especially with Him who gave us life. 

People who are in recovery and a part of a 12-step type of program understand this.  Their healing is directly connected to their offering of service and help to others.  Staying in recovery requires that service, not because it’s a rule but because the human spirit has the deep-seated need for it.  Because true fulfillment is found in it. 

Every single bad in our lives… every single tear shed… every single pain and trauma… the Lord turns to greatness.  He makes triumph of pain.

These are trying days. Days of uncertainty. Days of job losses, illness, death. Days of war and global calamity. Days of fear and of pain. 

But rest easy, beautiful friends. 

Something huge is coming. 

The King is entering the city. 

He is coming to save you and me. 

All you have to do is call on Him.

Because the Lord needs YOU, my friend. 

Something big is happening here at Pens & Prayers too. My best friend Tawdra Kandle and I have a new project called The Prayer Book and it will be arriving in just a few days. Plus, we’re going to begin a daily devotional starting Easter Sunday. So keep an eye out because our Pens & Prayers friends will be the first to know.

We can’t wait to rejoice in the good news with you!

By oliviahardinwriter

When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term “road scholar,”' and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny, their corgi Bonnie Sue, and their new rescue Heidi Ho.

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