I feel like I say this every Monday, but we have a crazy jam-packed week ahead. And this one is for sure out of the norm.
We are returning the crib our family loaned us to host little ones when they came to visit, but now they have their own sweet grand to settle into for naps and overnights and we are so happy for them.
This involves a road trip that we will cram into 48 hours and Russ figured …. Go big or go home….so we are taking two of the fab four with us.
They are bringing a joke book that is the size of an unabridged dictionary and are packed and ready to go as of 7 a.m. this morning according to their mom.
We are leaving tomorrow night…I haven’t even thought about what I need to pack.
All that to say, I may or may not get a post down…but most likely will have some stories from the journey and if you follow me on Instagram…a picture or ten along the route.
For a devotional thought today, I am slugging my way through Judges in The Message.
People who grow faint of heart usually do so in Leviticus, but for me Judges is the one where I just grit my teeth.
What. A. Mess.
I think of how God sent the flood to wipe out all the evil that had festered and botched up His creation back in Genesis, and I can’t even imagine His patience as Israel just ran completely amok in the time of the Judges.
And yet, it gives me hope.
While the margins of this particular book are filled with my ink drawn sad faces and question marks, God somehow continues to work.
Some of the ways He intervenes for His people are mind boggling because these people were just plain awful.
And yet, when they repented and turned to Him and humbled themselves, He worked victories.
I think of the judgment that runs rampant in our culture; and how little mercy and grace are extended towards any and all “offenders.”
And I know the world likes to point out the judgey ways of Christians but the culture, politicians, celebrities and media are pretty good at passing judgement themselves and condemning and condoning and making up the moral structure we should all live by so…there is that.
Basically we are in a world much like the one I am reading about in Judges…
One where there is no “king”…no established governing authority and so the people all did what was right in their sight and the results were catastrophic.
It could wear me out if I didn’t keep focusing on how God never gave up on His people and He won’t give up on us.
This is praiseworthy.
So praise Him <3