Last Siesta Scripture…

Today is my last memory verse post with the Siesta’s at the LPM Blog for 2009. And while I said in my last Scripture memory blog on 12.2.09, I would only be doing a recap of the verses I’ve learned this year so far… but after reading Amanda’s post there — I’m feeling compelled to learn the same verse as she is. Not for the same reason though.

Psalm 27:4 NIV
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

Amanda is memorizing this verse because it has provided her great comfort in recent trials the family has experienced with Beth’s surgery and recovery. It is her mom’s favorite verse as well.

I am choosing to memorize it because the moment I read it on the LPM blog, it struck me so strongly that I want to LIVE this verse… not just memorize it. I want to seek the house of the Lord all the days of my life and gaze upon his beauty.

A few weeks ago, our DR Mission team group did a recap for our church… and our team leader, Mary, spoke about how struck she was about the faith of the people that we were serving. Especially when they saw the Jesus video. I don’t know if they knew the whole story of Jesus before this (I presumed so), but when these grown men were shown the part of the video of where Jesus took on the sins of the world and was cruicified, they began to cry… and then a short time later after the resurrection they were so happy. So happy that God had gone to the grave and then rose for them. For me. For you.

Mary was so struck by this… has our faith become so mundane and “everyday”-ish that we don’t find even the fact that Jesus was cruicified for us to be an amazing and emotional thing. Think about it… he did it for you. So you could spend eternity in heaven with him.

I want to find the story of Christmas, Easter, Ascension, and everything in between to be an amazing miracle. Really that’s what it is. After the fall, God could have scrapped the human race… but instead he chose to save us. He chose to give us life in him by sending his son to earth… to live and grow up among us… and then allowed him to be scorned and killed — so that he could raise him back up.

It’s just so amazing.

And we’re just entering the season for it.

Do me a favor… enter this season with amazement. Think of everything as something new. Be stunned that God loves you and wants to be a part of your life.