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Overcoming Obstacles in Life

Grab Hold

The meaning behind the paint

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails.  1Corinthians 13:4-8

How many countless times in my own life have I come to a place where I was too full of self-illusion to see hope…let alone cling to it.

There is so much power in a friend reaching in for you in the midst of your drowning, and guiding you back to the surface so you can breathe again.

 

It is not a shameful thing to cry out for help in our darkest hours, because God created the meaning of being a comrade…of laying down one’s life for another.

In all truth, Jesus was the first to display this to the fullest of its meanings when he laid His decidedly died for our path to freedom, when we were too short to reach that freedom for ourselves. 

Just like someone reaching down into the raging sea to pull another to safety, this is what He did for you and me.

It’s such a beautiful thing to me when we as people choose to look past another’ weakness and past our own self-righteousness for the sake of their well-being.  What a powerful act of humble and self-less love this is.

One of my own strongest memories of another doing this for me…was a time I messed up big time by going too physically far with someone I knew I didn’t love.  I was bombarded with the heaviest guilt and shame and felt so worthless and shallow.

My mom didn’t reprimand me for how I messed up, she didn’t lecture me on how I should have never done such a thing…she cried with me…and told me God had great things for me.

Wherever you are, in whatever place, you may not have anyone fighting for you…so grab hold of the rich mercies of Jesus…He will save you from your drowning…and bring you back onto solid ground once again.


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