Valentine’s Day Stretch

14 February, 2020

So, today I had to give my 7year old some elastics to wrap around his chair at school to fiddle with using his feet to keep him from rocking his chair.

Watching him playing with the elastics got me to thinking about love, since it’s Valentine’s day, I got to thinking about how this love stretches you.

You see, my daughter who just turned 11 was invited to a camp where we know none of the adults, we know only the parents of the girl who invited her, and, they won’t be on the camp… haha… classic.

I have been asking the Lord for an opportunity for my daughter to stretch her ‘social wings’ without the family ‘tagging on her tail’. Now, here is the perfect opportunity, Christian youth camp, but… we have not allowed sleep overs yet, these can be complicated, she has been on camp, but you know they all know each other. So she says to me, I just realised I’m going on a camp where I know no one…ugh …

So the helicopter parents who allow our children little to no time apart from us, now have a decision to make, we allow this small break away, trusting the Lord has provided the opportunity I’ve been praying for or… do the classic hoarder mentality, helicopter parent stint and deny her all opportunity for growth outside of the home…

This is what that elastic reminds me of… love is good for me  because it causes me to hold on as tightly as humanly possible to this precious gift from God, who inexplicably changed my world, turning it upside down in the most indescribably wonderful ways. Almost like when you’ve been looking at the wrong side of a tapestry all the time and then someone comes along and tells you to turn it around and the full vista will never be the same again… the best turn around that could ever be expected.

We’ve held on as tightly as humanly possible for 10years, now, suddenly, slowly, serendipitously we are letting go… do we have a choice… yes, let go or loose the growth potential… we opt for growth… that elastic that’s been wound so tightly around our hearts and hers, it’s not used to the stretch…it’s uncomfortable… we all know it’s for the best.

How does God relate to this stretch… as I was reading this morning…

Romans 5:6-11

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (God knowing only purity and perfection elected to take us from our mire and bring us towards Him, but this sacrifice was greater than we will ever know, giving part of Himself, perfect perfection to come down and become imperfect sin that we may know Him? A stretch we will never be able to relate to from eternity past, present and perfect to earth full of sin and shame.)

 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (stretched to His death…)

(He didn’t leave it there, He didn’t leave us or Himself in earthly death and humiliation) 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

You see, while we were dead, the Lord saved us, not only to live but to live fully reconciled with Him in order for us to live in right standing with Him through His Holy Spirit.

He stretched Himself to the point where He transcended heaven and earth through His Son, our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ, to bringing Him back to heaven and introducing and remaining here in the form of His Holy Spirit sanctioning us with all authority in heaven and on earth given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of the all-encompassing Holy Spirit to carry out His will.

What is His will, that “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

Is this a stretch for us, you betya! As much as the Lord did for us… never…

It’s a valentine’s day stretch… Luke 9:24 ‘If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.’ (NLT)