The Lord likes to deal with me in public places.
okay maybe thats not it. maybe its because i have been traveling all over the country this summer and those gaps where i am waiting for a flight, or even waiting on a file upload, i started filling with different word studies. i cant tell you how many times i've cried in public this summer.
its a little bit funny i guess. i've been offered tissues, got strange looks or "given a moment." if you know me then you know that if i'm not between a 4 and a 7 on the emotion scale then i'm crying. (thanks kristen bell!) so crying in public is not totally out of the norm for me.
but these last few months have been a little stresser on the old tear ducts. every time i start to think "i've got this," or "i'm good for a minute." the Lord shows me something i've done, or takes something away and i'm back into a puddle in starbucks. i'm not complaining at all. this is where i want to be. in a big ball of mess because in those messy moments Jesus always shows up with the mop (or shovel) and gently cleans me up.
i'm in an airport in north carolina right now. i'm getting ready to fly to the west coast to see one of my best friends from college. this is a literal dream come true and the happy emotions are always taking over. (i'm at a 6.5 on the scale.) i was dropped off at the airport super early because my sister has a wedding to go to. i had so much time i decided to start a word study i've been thinking about for a while. let me tell you about it.
two verses in and i was in tears. way to pick em' abigail.
because i'm from the south i am forever in love with the word precious. i think the word always comes with emotion behind it and its all through the bible. i found a bunch of references and started writing down what the word referred to. here are a few of my favorites.
- Ps 126: 6 is talking about bearing precious seed with weeping, and it says you "shall doubtless come again with rejoicing."
- Deut. 33:13- talks about the things of the earth and how the are precious.
- 1 Peter 2:7 says the Lord is precious.
- 1 Sam 3:1 says in those days the word of the Lord was precious.
do i treat my bible likes its precious? did i think of Jesus as precious. the honest answer to that was a resounding no. how often am i a Hebrews 2:1, letting things slip. i wish i was better at being a Christian. i wish i was better at remembering all the ways we are supposed to live and the promises Christ gives. i wish a lot of things but isn't it great that i don't have to wish for a God that forgives me?
he was ready to forgive me even before i was made. and that is pretty neat.