But the blessings and promises of God . . . emerge from a real-life story that also knows that we live in a broken world and some days are tough.
Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible
I’m joining in with a group of writers for Five Minute Friday where we’re given a prompt (this week it’s STILL) and write for five minutes about it.
We still want to make a difference. Despite our cracked selves, and the way courage leaks out sometimes, we still want to put something out into this messed up, crazy world that will leave it just a little bit better for our having walked this way.
We don’t want to fall into the trap of believing that our experience is the most important one, but we do. Time and time again, we are overwhelmed by emotion, and it colours everything. Sometimes I wish it wasn’t so, but it is.
We want to do better, we don’t want our feelings to be the captain of this ship—a welcome and delightful passenger, yes, but surely integrity and wisdom should be the ones to steer this boat.
So we go back to the One who loved us first and best, and ask for what we need in this thing, and find that He’s still there. We find the most amazing grace, and overwhelming love, that’s still there even after everything—even despite everything.
We are humbled, grateful, and given what we need. We walk different after that, our path is illuminated. We are filled again, and something remains in the wake of our passing that leaves this place just a little bit kinder, and just a little bit brighter.
And it’s all because of grace that’s still, and always, there.