Monday, April 16, 2012

The Boy with the Bread: Team Peeta

Team Peeta. If you've read "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, then you know exactly what I mean. I love the boy with the bread.

I loved the character that Suzanne created in Peeta. He fed the poor and hungry, Katniss, while he could have let her die of starvation. He fought beside her, even with his own life hanging in the balance. And he loved her, even when she couldn't decide who she was or who she loved. And if death was his fate, he wanted to die as himself, unchanged by the rules of the game or the expectations of the crowd.

I love the boy with the bread. Peeta reminds me of Christ. He fed the poor and hungry. He gave them both physical bread and the offer of eternal life. He fights for us, even when we fear the outcome might not be what we expect or hope it to be. Even when our lives are turned upside down and the terrain ahead is rocky and uncertain.
He walks with us. 
He "prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies..." Psalm 23:5 

He loves us, even when we don't know who we are or who we love. When we fall and follow man-made rules; He patiently waits for us. He doesn't force His love upon us, but let's us choose. And He came to Earth, knowing the rules of the game meant imminent death. He knew he would taste betrayal and that delusional crowds would ultimately chant, "Crucify Him!" But, he was loyal unto death, because in the end, perfect love wins out.

I love the man with the bread, for His perfect love has saved my life. #TeamJesus.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

As You Move

The ripped card had found its' way from the refrigerator to the floor beside the trash can. I was collecting trash around the kitchen when I scooped it up and started to toss it in with the Cheetos, Gatorade bottles, and paper scraps-- the left overs from at least 10 art projects the Artist, Engineer, and Preacher had created over the weekend. Just as the card was going in to join it's other "friends," I noticed these words...

"A blessing for you as you move." 

As I move. I retrieved the card from the floor and realized this message was hidden, set aside, for such a day as this. We all have days don't we? Days when we feel stuck, like our minds are far away from the tasks that lay before us. Everything about the last two weeks has felt disjointed. My writing hasn't flowed, my brain has felt bombarded, and the days unproductive. I have needed a word from the Lord. A specific one. 

I remember last September cutting the birthday card in two and putting it on my refrigerator. After all, it displayed one of my favorite verses and a timely message on my 30th birthday:

"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you..." Deuteronomy 31:8 

I hoped turning 30 represented a new season, a season where sickness wouldn't dictate my going out and coming in. For the past seven months this card has hung on my refrigerator and I never even realized there was an additional message on the back of it. Oh, how desperately I needed a word of encouragement in this week. Tonight, it was as if an angel had loosed it from its' magnet and dropped this Heavenly message at my feet.

May the Lord go before you and prepare 
the place where you are going.
May he fill your new home with peace 
and this new chapter in your life with joy.
May He bring smiling faces to welcome you
and warm hearts to love you.
May He bless you always in the 
new and special place He has for you.

{Thank you Lord for always going before us, and for loving us enough to move us into new chapters. Thank you for hard seasons that make us strong and enable us to walk with confidence. I praise you for the smiling faces that wake me up each morning and the special place you have for my family. In Jesus name, amen.}