Friday, February 13, 2015

Day # 13 : Not One Thing { HeArT to heart }

Day  # 13 : Not One Thing

Do we need some concrete details about the ThiNg that can come between us and the LoVe of the Father?
Here goes...

Romans 8: 35, 37-39
{Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.}

That's concrete enough for me. Everything covered.  I don't believe he missed one single criteria of concern. "Everything" can only be canceled out by "nothing". Paul did just that!

If on a scale of 0 to 100,  everything represented 100, nothing would be 0. Have we fully wrapped our comprehension around the concept of 0? Fact is we can't!   But the writer did his best to try.  If i could sum up his pouring out into four words, they would be:

No.      Thing.     Stops.     His.     Love.

The dedicated apostle was excited in this section of penmanship!  He wanted you and I to know details, so the Spirit covered all the bases! Preacher Paul put the tie on here! Metaphorically of course. I find it a stretch to imagine this apostle sporting a tie. But he was on fire, with pen in hand and you in mind! He affirms your deepest worries about exactly what can separate you from God and his love.  The ultimate conclusion...   No   Thing.

My son loves to hunt. One day last year, he was invited on his first trip to hunt coons!  Dressed in warm clothing, I sent him out with his Uncle Eric and Cousin Brandon.  Yes, we live in the south and most family is close by :) At the end of the journey, he was exhausted. A coon not to show for his night, but a good time of growing for sure.

The next morning he was thinking quietly as he ate his cereal, when out of nowhere, he mentioned the need for water gear on the next hunt. The particular piece, I cannot recall. But I can recall feeling immediately puzzled. I made the connection that he was suggesting water gear, because the previous night's hunting trip had proven the need. I questioned his proclamation with hesitation.

Conclusion? They had crossed a river.
uhh... a river.

I had dressed the tiny 9 year old in warmth, but not in preparation for dew, rain, and/or a river crossing!
" How did you get across?", was of course my question. His answer brought peace and a bless-hearted  smile.

" They carried me." he said.

I have pictured it repeatedly.  Each times blesses me with goodness. They had carried him across whatever was in the way of their possibility of finding a coon.  Not a single thing, even a river would they let come between them and possibility!

What threatens to be a river that claims it can separate you from the love of Almighty God? Could it be powers or principalities,  hardships and exhaustion, good times and bad? Well threaten is all it can do, but touch His love, it cannot.

My kiddo had not a trace of damp or wetness on him from his adventure.  That river he crossed, had no power, his company made sure of that. Nothing has the power to touch or stop the love of your Maker... "not one thing! "

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