If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed some recent changes: The new header photo, for instance, meant to evoke the idea of a journey and of ascension—with many thanks to photographer Jewell Colyer. The background colors are softer. Some of the subheads in the sidebar have been changed. All simple style changes I’ve been wanting to make. While I was at it, I also changed the “About” page to better reflect what Bea Muses is about. (Go ahead, take a look … I’ll wait here.)
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Sunday School was a routine of life when I was growing up. And somewhere along the way, just like many children in Sunday Schools everywhere, we memorized Psalm 23.
After we had memorized it, the teacher gave us each a wooden plaque to celebrate the achievement. On it was painted a picture of a shepherd and a lamb, along with the first verse of the Psalm:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
I put the plaque in a place where I saw it often. I liked the sheep, although the shepherd seemed awfully small in comparison. As for the Psalm itself? It didn’t make sense to me.
After all, if the Lord were my Shepherd, why wouldn’t I want Him?
I mentioned yesterday that this has been a busy week. There has been a lot to do. There has also been a lot to think about.
One friend is questioning her direction in life, wondering whether the career she’s always known is the one she wants to continue. She’s been successful; but is that enough?
Another friend is struggling with a child who is on drugs; when is it time for tough love? When does caring become enabling? The line sometimes is so fine as to be almost invisible.
And yet another friend is grieving over a child who no longer believes in God. We can encourage them, because we have walked that path; yet we also know the tears.
Meanwhile, the world spins along, with its debates and threats and injustices. What can we do?
For myself, I’ve been doing a lot of listening, less talking, and more praying. And I’ve been trusting in one thing: That God, who is sovereign and sublime and above all, is the One who revealed Himself as Immanuel, God with us.
In the midst of the questions, He is with us.
In the middle of the anguish, He is with us.
In our times of despair, of worry, of fear–He is with us.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. …
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
— Psalm 89:2, 8; New International Version
Whatever you, or those you care about, are going through, know that God is with you. His love for you–and for them–is unending. Even during those times when we can’t quite make sense of what is happening, we can still find our place of comfort in Him.
By now the eggs have been found, the chocolate bunnies have met their demise, the children’s sugar highs have finally worn off.
And we’re left wondering what it meant. Some are exhilarated, having felt that extra touch from the Lord. Others are discouraged, having felt, to be honest, nothing all that special. And some—hopefully not many—are simply relieved that the extra church services are over with.
But let’s think back to the aftermath of that first Easter. What a time that was! There was all the emotion of the crowds as they praised Jesus—and then turned on Him. There were the trials, the scourging, disciples fleeing, women weeping … and the death of the One called Messiah.
He was buried.
That was that.
We humans are a curious bunch. We’re always asking questions.
“What do you do for a living?”
“How vast is the universe?”
“What’s for dinner?”
I’ve got a midterm this evening, in a class on the gospels. The things we’re studying are interesting–but there’s an overwhelming amount of material. And somehow, in between differentiating times and authors and audiences and theological distinctives and so on, I didn’t get as far as writing a blog post.
So I thought that for today, I’d share a video about the God who’s the focus of the class, and of this blog. Enjoy.
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
–Matthew 4:18-20, NAS
It was a familiar scene: Fishermen out on the sea, working hard. Laughter as they bring in the nets, straining with the catch. Birds wheeling in close, trying to sneak an easy meal.
And then came the Rabbi, calling the brothers to be His disciples.