Reach Deep

reach deep

January stands gray and cold. The days stretch long in Michigan with darkness falling in late afternoon.

Sometimes my mood travels right along with the pattern of the seasons.

 

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. 

Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried about long months of drought. 

Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

I want to be one of these trees.

In the heat of difficultly, challenges,  and the gray discouragement of life… I don’t want to be bothered.

In the long of months of dry, sad, lonely, worry… I don’t want to be bothered.

 

I want to remember God is my Hope and my Confidence.

That hope is an anchor that tethers me to life through the cold and gray days.

 

When I sit in a room, I usually pick one object to focus on. It grounds me to that place in time. I feel more secure in the moment I am in and this stills some of my anxiety. (I know I am so weird.) When I write at home, I always make sure to be close to a window. I focus on whatever tree I can see, they are secure because their roots run deep. I am drawn to their strength. What holds them upright are the roots that you cannot even see.

 

The roots grow where you can’t see them…

Those are those quiet moments in our own lives, were we do things purely out of love and obedience to Christ that no one else will ever see or know. These are the moments we get up from the ground and choose to live in hope and confidence, not in the dark and gray.

Reach Deep.

Scandalous

veneer of perfection

Last week I wrote a post called Scandalous. Messy. Love. 

 

On the administration panel of About Proximity, I can see what search terms people use to land on this site.

Sometimes, they are quite funny like… dirty school locker? I still haven’t figured that one out.

Sometimes, they help me feel like maybe we are encouraging people who need hope… alone, looking for meaning, broken.

 

Since I wrote that post last week, a new search term has been surfacing, daily.

Scandalous Love.

I am thinking when people type those words into their search bar, they are not expecting to come upon About Proximity.

 

This has caused me to pause…

The Bible is full of scandalous people. Jesus himself was scandalous, he was not what anyone was expecting. He was born to Joseph and Mary, engaged to be married, but not married.

 

Strip away the veneer of perfection.

We are all messy, broken people in need of a Savior.

 

As the church, we need to open our arms wide to those seeking scandalous love.

None of us are out of the reach of God’s loving arms.