~ Psalms 91:4 ESV
Well tonight I learned that a pinion is the outer part of a bird’s wing, including the flight feathers. Pretty neat huh?
Jesus is all about making sure we are fully covered, and also entrusts us with the same task – to protect and completely cover what we’ve been given.
I forget what verse, but in the Bible we are given the commission to be disciples and go out amongst all nations, covering the ends of the earth to share the story of Jesus – Likewise Jesus himself spreads his wings and spills his blood to cover us, until the end of himself.
I may be drawing parallels that were never intended, but nonetheless, it feels good to ponder about pinions and the protection of God tonight. Much better than scrolling through my Twitter feed.
Light Shines in Darkness
Day 4 Devotional: Thursday, Sept 22
Every morning when the sun shines
I know Lord, that you are mine
Even when darkness threatens to take
my sleep-filled night and keep me awake
I approach this day with a holy power
Knowing that you are with me every hour
In you, your light overcomes all fear
You shine bright and make things clear
No matter what lies ahead today
You will go before me and make the grey
Turn to light, bright with beauty
Because my God, you are with me
Sometimes I feel like redemption stories do more harm than good. Sure the Bible is all about redemption. The gospel is a story of how Jesus redeems his people from the pit and gives them new life and a new hope that is sealed. Yet, the Bible is also laden with stories that are difficult to stomach without that comforting theme of redemption woven in.
There are many stories in my own life that aren’t in a phase of redemption. Some chapters are barren and cold, and still in the dead of winter. I’d like to hear all kinds of stories from believers, not just the warm and fuzzies, much like I’d rather hear about the Bible in its entirety, not just a “verse of the day” to get my quick spiritual fix.
Testimonies might be warm and fuzzy, but likely it’s not that that person found Jesus and now their life is perfect. In fact, their life might be more difficult. But that’s WHY I think Jesus is so cool. He makes every moment worth it. The moments when we sing on hilltops and the scary, dark pits we fall into and wonder how we’ll climb out of.
Life is crazy and messy. It’s hard. And sometimes slapping a bible verse on complex questions just won’t do. I don’t really have a point to this random tangent. Just sharing some thoughts on a platform where I probably shouldn’t.
On a lighter note, I think most people will be excited to know that my new favorite acronym of the week is PTL (praise the Lord) which has quickly replaced my former one,”on fleek.” Thanks to my cute friend Kayleen for keeping me in the Christian acronym loop.