saturday is a day carved out for my own pleasures. it’s a day i don’t have to worry about work or people, just me and God. i enjoyed sleeping in, reading genesis 3, cleaning my room, doing laundry, having fried rice for lunch, buying some groceries, chilling in a coffee shop with iced caramel mocchiato in my hand and reading “readers digest”, watching “the enchanted”, talking briefly with my mom on the phone and now blogging.
life is good but not completed.
i don’t know if it’s wrong to say that when all i ever need is Jesus. but why, then, did the Lord create eve for adam? isn’t it because He saw that it “wasn’t good that the man should be alone (genesis 2:18 – the only time at the creation God mentioned something not good)?
i’ve been through these questions before. but asking questions doesn’t make the nagging restlessness in my heart go away. and all i can do is wait and faithfully pray for my future husband.
i’d like to be a woman of prayer. that in every circumstance of life, praying will become like breathing. that is my heart’s desire because i know that prayer brings hope despite how dire the situation may look. max lucado describes hope in his “God Came Near” like this:
hope is not what you expect; it’s what you would never dream. it’s a wild, improbable tale with a pinch-me-i’m-dreaming ending…hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed; no, it’s far greater than that. it’s a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there in the flesh to see our reaction.
my yearning will never go away but i will hope in the Lord. and as quickly as i start longing again, i’ll commit myself to praying for him…someone i haven’t met but will…someone i haven’t seen but love. i’m sure i’m going to spend a lot of my time praying for him. lol
how could one love someone whom she never saw before?
anyway, this morning, i came across these verses while reading genesis 3:
“and the Lord God made for adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” – genesis 3:21
it struck me how gentle and loving God was and how much He still cared for the couple even though He caught them red-handed commiting the sins of disobedience and treachery.
ashamed, they hid from Him. and when found, they blamed others for their wrongdoing. doesn’t that sound familiar to us?
shaking His head, God went out and brought down an animal. He skinned it, made garments and clothed the ones He loved. before He nudged them out of the gate, He prepared them.
from my ESV bible’s footnote, it is explained that this is a parallel related to (1) the system of animal sacrifices to atone for sin later instituted by God through the leadership of moses in israel and (2) the eventual sacrificial death of Christ as atonement for sin.
when the crunch of the fruit resounded, He already had the plan of salvation laid out for mankind. He knows everything from the beginning to the end. But it has taken years and years of waiting, putting up with and pursuing His beloved, and it will continue on like this, until everyone on this earth will confess that He is God and kneel down before Him.
such love and patience. He knows that it’s worth waiting for.
i know He has laid out a great plan for me. and realizing His love and patience, i know that everything is worth waiting for.