Thursday, October 9, 2008

Quoting Someone I Actually Know

Usually my 'Quoteworthy' moments are famous--often dead--people that I have never met. In many cases, that is great, since meeting dead people is not on my list of things to do in this life.

However, every once in awhile, someone I actually know personally says something really great, profound, and/or noteworthy. I received one of those today from my ever-increasingly-profound-and-wise uncle. (It was actually his son who I referred to in yesterday's post.)

In a note from him, I received this gem:

Funny--the water never parts in the desert, just at the promise line.

That'll make you think, and then go, "Yeah. I agree; that's true." And later, the nice twist in the wording will hit you, and you'll appreciate it even more. At least that's what happened to me.

Hope it blesses,
-J

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. --Romans 5:1-6

(c) 2008

3 comments:

Big Man for Jesus said...

He is a strong man, indeed. Out of the ashes, God is doing a work. The death of our cousin had a profound impact on my life and was one of the tools God used to get me out of the gutter and onto the road that He had for me to trod. Thanks for the thought. Luv u.

Beth said...

J, i don't get it...how dumb am I?

ShalomSeeker said...

Girl--I am sorry to offer a stumper. I did get to read the context, so that probably helped me 'get it.' Would it help if I shared that he was comparing our experiences to the the Israelites' journey out of Egypt?

God didn't part the waters early but waited until they were standing there facing the sea without recourse or a hope other than Him. THEN, at that moment, He fulfilled His promise to them--it wasn't at the start of the journey, and it wasn't at the finish line. His provision came at the point of the fulfillment of His promise--the "promise line," a precurser to the promised land!

Am I making sense yet? I'm slow to do that sometimes...
-J