Good morning, peeps!
I know you all are probably thinking that I’ve just abandoned you, but I haven’t. I’m still doing my crazy work hours and I’m actually typing this with one foot out the door. This means that I will be driving slightly over the speed limit to get to work, but I just had to tell you all something.
Saturday, I watched A Wrinkle In Time. I don’t know why. I’ve never had an interest in the book and the movie trailers looked weird, but I was the only person in my house at the time and I thought that a movie would go well with the two pieces of cake I shouldn’t have been eating. I was not even feeling the movie until I heard this one line. I guess I should tell you what led up to that line, huh? So the little girl told Oprah Winfrey that she and the other women were beautiful. Oprah said, “Thank you. And so are you.” The little girl shook her head and Oprah asked, “Do you realize the events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe to create you…just as you are?”
I almost dropped my pieces of cake. Almost.
I thought about that line all day long. Later, as I was preparing for leading worship on Sunday, God spoke something deep into my spirit and that thing has rocked me. It’s almost like this and the Oprah-line were His “one-two punch”.
“There are three parties involved in this thing called life: the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), the enemy of your soul, and you. Only one of those continually questions who they are and who I am.”
You. Me. Ussses.
I grew up “telling the devil” who I was. If you lived within 5 feet of a Baptist church, you had to hear at least one time in your childhood, “Now tell the devil, ‘I am a child of God!'” Or, “Let the devil know how great our God is!” And we’d yell it. Guess what? He already knows. As a matter of fact, he’s known that for a very long time and he hasn’t doubted it from the first time it rang in his ears, which was a long time ago. Way before you or I were born. Those truths were declared all the way back in the day – no, before there was ‘day’ – and it wasn’t by us.
Before the time began, before crust covered the earth, before God spoke “let there be”, He declared, “This is how it is.”
Neither God nor the enemy ever question who God is. Neither God or the enemy ever question who you are. We do. And that is why we have the gift of the scriptures. The scriptures are full of times when the people of God forgot who He was and forgot who they were. Tons of times. I sat there as God spoke into my spirit and I thought about how earlier that day, I’d felt lonely. I wasn’t alone. Shoot, I’m never alone. I couldn’t be alone if I wanted to. God is always there. I thought about the times that I’ve lived with a distorted view of myself, all because I questioned the value of the creation and the genius of the Creator.
But let me tell ya me somethin’.