He Does Not Leave Us Where We Are: Living is Not Delicate

From other
angles the
fibers look
fragile, but
not from the
spider’s, always
hauling coarse
ropes, hitching
lines to the
best posts
possible. It’s
heavy work
everyplace,
fighting sag,
winching up
give. It
isn’t ever
delicate
to live.

~Kay Ryan “Spiderweb” (2010)

Despite His fragility as a newborn baby, we know the Son of God was equipped with the toughness needed for a life that started out homeless, then becoming a refugee with displaced parents seeking safety in a foreign land.

He grew up in a dusty little town, learning a trade with His hands. He knew what it took to make something strong enough to be worthy. He knew how much it would take to make us, His children, sturdy and worthy.

His Word tells us clearly there is nothing delicate about the life of Jesus; we know it took a strong mother to feed him and care for him, a loving and steadfast father to raise and teach him, and without both, he would not have survived. Once He began His preaching, He gathered about Him disciples who were hard-working people, toughened by the necessity of survival day-to-day. There was nothing delicate about living a homeless life on the road, sleeping on the ground, depending on the good will of others.

There was nothing delicate about becoming the foundational sacrifice for us, His suffering making possible our new Home.

Jesus asks us, His beautiful creation, to choose to cling to Him instead of earthly things. He does not sag or tear under pressure. He doesn’t leave us dangling. Life in Jesus is never delicate – it takes toughness, foresight, strength and the persistence to repair and restore when things are torn.

And this new Home is beautiful. There is nothing else more beautiful.

This year’s Lenten theme for Barnstorming:

God sees us as we are,
loves us as we are,
and accepts us as we are.
But by His grace,
He does not leave us where we are.
~Tim Keller

2 thoughts on “He Does Not Leave Us Where We Are: Living is Not Delicate

  1. Thank you, Emily.
    A much-needed reminder of the compassionate Graces
    that He gives to us. All we need to do is to stay close to Him
    and trust in His Promises — especially —
    ‘I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS.’

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  2. The musical selections were transcendent. “O Magnum Mysterium” always brings tears to my eyes; I remember when daughter Elise sang it with the Adelphians at U.P.S. “Dona Nobis Pacem” –how we need that now! I hope you are doing OK. This must be a tough time for you. We have Elise and her family –and 3 cats– staying with us for the duration. Better to be on 40 acres in rural California than in Woodinville (6 miles from Kirkland). Prayers for you, your family, and all the people you care for.

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