The end of the Pier
When I asked Tristan to walk to the end of the pier on the very cold lake in Bemidji that day, he had no idea why I had done it. Dad just wanted a cool picture with T in it spreading his arms wide. He trusted me to do it, he was cold, his pants were heavy, he was not wearing a shirt, thanks to his sisters he was nervous about this. But I love the picture. I love his innocence and his faith that Dad wasn't going to tell him to jump off. That I wasn't going to rush him and throw him off. Cause it sounds like something I would do.
Sometimes our relationship with God takes this kind of faith, God tells us to walk to the end of the cold wet pier. We don't know what He will do, but we do know He is God and much more than your daddy, he has no intention of throwing you in the water just because it would be funny. In John chapter 10, Jesus calls himself "the good shepherd". He says, "i am the good shepherd, the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep...I know my own and my own know me...and they shall hear my voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd...my sheep hear my voice and they follow me." That is a huge section and only one aspect of it pulled out, technically, but I want you to hear the voice of The good shepherd, "I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD".
We love singing "Reckless Love of God", JuJu, Hannah, T, I have loved being in the car and when this song comes up it humbles me and brings so much joy to hear you sing the words. This song, is one that describes the good shepherd and also references Psalm 139, your Nana's favorite psalm. When I hear the song, and I am listening to it right now, I hear the words of David as he describes the Wonder of God's creating him and knowing him before he even took a breath. Couple that with the Good shepherd in John 10 and we have this breath taking image of our God, in Human terms what he does is Reckless, but the beautiful and mind blowing thing is that in God's terms, what he does is necessary, he pursues us, he wants us, we don't deserve it, we cannot earn it, but he loves us so much the doesn't think twice about finding the lost lamb. Here are some links for reference. I love you all, I know this is a lot of stuff to read, but I feel like, at 45, I have some catching up to do.
Loving you 3,
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.