No Wonder She’s Not Listening!

Abby had her annual well-child checkup on Wednesday. When the doctor came in and asked if I had any questions or concerns, I piped up. Lately, I can be standing only feet away from her, and speaking to her normally – and she completely ignores me. But not in a defiant way – just…I don’t know…like she genuinely can’t hear me.

I know kids can have selective hearing sometimes, but this is different.

Hmmm. He looked at the results of the hearing test the nurse had administered only 10 minutes previous: she had passed, but “certainly not with flying colors.” In fact, she had just barely eeked by.

“I’ll take a look,” he said.


Regrets and Redemption

This morning I was thinking about life graphs…mapping out one’s life, reviewing the highs and lows, and examining God’s faithfulness and teaching and our growth in those times.   Then, the thought of regretful moments muscled in.  What about those moments which aren’t major highs or lows, but which continue to just low-grade torture us?  If only…  I just wish I hadn’t…  Why in the world did I…    Regret can be demoralizing and defeating.  The things we regret might be big, public, and obviously life-altering, but often the ones that are especially hard to let go of are smaller and just sad.  As I thought of this, the word, “redemption” came to mind.  Christ is our Redeemer.  He doesn’t just bring forgiveness, He also brings redemption.  He has and continues to redeem every part of us and our lives.  That’s why Paul can say:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)


Sifted Like Wheat

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31, 32)

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this verse. Jesus says this to Peter (Simon), after He has washed the disciples’ feet, and they’ve shared the last supper together. After Jesus has taught them about what it is to be great (you must be a servant), and after He has just commended the disciples with, “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Before they head out to the Garden of Gethsemane, for Jesus’ night of anguish and before He goes on to His sham trials and then death on the cross, Jesus says to Peter that Satan has demanded permission to go after him.