A little glass jar. Clear glass, no lid. A simple glass jar holding treasures within.
Last Wednesday night as I was prepared for a very unexpected second surgery on my head, I felt incredibly sad. I am so ready to have my life back and yet every time I am close to relaunching full speed ahead, something happens to hold me back. Last week it was an abnormal MRI, headache, blood inexplicably pouring out of my incision, worries of a brain infection and evidence of a stroke. sigh. Some might say at least my life isn’t boring. I say bring on the boring, the routine, the generally mundane.
Back to the little glass jar. The story is simple. For my last birthday a treasured friend, took the time to cut little, colorful papers. On each paper she wrote a thought of encouragement or bible verse. Such a simple idea, yet so profound in my life. Since then, that little glass jar has sat on my end table, gone to doctors appointments and even been with me right before two surgeries. God’s truth, written in love, brings light and peace during even the darkest of storms.
Shortly before I was wheeled off to surgery, and long before the medications had fully taken effect, I asked Phillip to grab my little glass jar and read some of the papers. The first, brought a giggle to my heart. “Happy Birthday”. The next though, met me exactly where I was at,
Four simple words – such deep truth.
Next Phillip read,
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Then, the beautiful picture,
God is holding you. Just like in the “Footprints” story.
I then began to drift off into the world somewhere between reality and dreams full of immeasurable peace.
In a world where the most flashy shows, elaborate productions and highest achievers are constantly raved about, it is easy to forget the simplicity of relationship with our loving Heavenly Father. It is easy to forget that God sent his only son, to pay the price for our sins so we could know him, experience his tangible and unending love and discover the truth that in our weaknesses he is strong. In the world we live in, it is so easy to get caught up in becoming more, growing bigger, doing more, climbing the ladder of success – than it is to make the small but lasting differences in each other’s lives through simple acts of kindness and shining God’s enduring love. I can’t help but reflect today as I am once again healing that the simple loveliness of my little glass jar and the treasures of God’s truth that it holds inside had a far more profound effect on my inner peace than the magnificent credentials of my neurosurgeon. Why? Because the overwhelming love and peace of God doesn’t need flashiness to shine or succeed. God’s love and peace only needs a people who will trust and believe.
My little glass jar, filled with treasures, sits by my bed today as a reminder of the friend who created it for me. It also serves as a reminder of my Heavenly Father’s never-ending, all enduring, love that is truly beyond my imagination. It reminds me that though my body is broken, I am carried grace to grace and glory to glory. Mercies never-ending fill my days and hope endures because I am not just bound to a broken body – but rather sustained by a King whose love carries my spirit on the wings of eagles.
In the end, no matter how my brain heals and how well my body responds in the future, no matter the impact I have in life (little or big), whether I stay a quiet mom who seeks to love her children well or a famous pop star (not likely at my age ) :0) all that matters is this very thing.
Neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8:39
I am his, and he is mine. If you cannot say the same, consider getting to know my Lord and King Jesus. He will joyfully celebrate your good days and carry you through the bad. His peace, leaves me in awe and humbles me to my very core.
May we all learn to trust Him more and more everyday!