Oh the love that covers us,
Oh the Savior’s mercy,
Oh the blood that makes a spotless bride!
This weekend was the annual statewide homeschool convention here in Arizona. Sometimes when I attend, I have real questions I want answered for our next year of homeschooling; sometimes I attend because it is my “continuing ed.” It’s (one of) my job(s), after all, and it can get stagnant without fresh input.
This year the convention was about maintaining normal. It would have been a legitimate choice to just not go, since it meant managing Mr. N’s diabetes away from home for the first time.
But I am craving normal, even a new normal. So it was off to convention, kids in tow and with the help of my parents, and now it’s back to keeping this commitment of thinking via my keyboard.
And writing a devotion. For myself.
Because the simple fact is that the rest of my week was bigger and more gritty than sitting in a homeschool seminar or two, calmly taking notes as part of being normal.
It’s been a month or maybe six weeks that I’ve been drawn into a version of More and More of You as performed by WorshipMob. Without exactly knowing why. Here it is:
The truths from the bridge of this song have played over and over for me, getting stuck in my head because of the melody. And now I’m filling them in with experiences:
- Oh the love that covers us…
I’m thankful for the body of Christ, the love on Earth from the Father through his children. This is love that covers us, as surely as the love that saves us. It covers me, it covers my family. So many people have showed us that He cares by how they have reached out to us following Mr. N’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.
2. Oh the Savior’s mercy…
Lamentations 3:22-23, New Living Translation (NLT)
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends![a]
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
A fresh mercy in the morning — being able to learn something new for work, Mr. N’s cheerfulness at breakfast, a LEGO pit at the homeschool convention so the boys could play (since they had to go along this year, which had not been in my plans) — is God showing me He knows. He knows what is happening in my life.
3. Oh the blood that makes a spotless bride!
Jesus physically died as part of his sacrifice for our sins, as our means of redemption. There was blood. And His blood stands for all that He did. It’s that “one thing” kind of word — the capital “B” Blood — that encompasses many things. And so His blood — that is, His sacrifice on the cross, but also His sacrifical life — refines me, whether I am expecting it or desiring it or not.
Philippians 2:5-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,[a]
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
he took the humble position of a slave[c]
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[d]
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
These verses in Philippians have been etched on my heart for a long time, and yet some part of me thought or hoped that I had already given up so many “privileges” or potential or possibilities that I wouldn’t have more to let go. Now I am letting go again, having hopes and dreams reshaped because of a medical diagnosis, carrying out tasks I wasn’t looking for, needing to pray more and rely more on God in obedience to God.
As if in confirmation, this verse came through my Facebook feed this week in German from a page called Glaubensimpulse (Impetus or Encouragement to Faith), and it’s all about that reliance on God:
Unser Tod schien unausweichlich. Aber Gott wollte, dass wir uns nicht auf uns selbst verlassen, sondern auf ihn, der die Toten zu neuem Leben erweckt. —2.Korinther 1,9
Our death seemed unavoidable. But God wanted for us that we not ‘let down’ ourselves on ourselves (that we not depend on ourselves), but rather on Him, who awakens the dead to new life. –2 Corinthians 1:9
So God has more of Himself for me? And this is the path?
And am I then surprised that the song that has been following me is about More, too?
Holy Spirit, give us revelation,
A healing visitation,
Nothing else will do…
We want more and more and more and more of you.