Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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Matthew 11:28-30 – Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. (MSG)

I have always loved dot-to-dot pictures. I can look at them and have no idea what the picture will be. Someone has drawn the picture originally — then maybe someone else has converted it to a dot-to-dot picture for children (or adults) to enjoy. Just looking at the page of black dots can be very confusing. But once we put our pencil on number 1 and proceed through all the numbers, a picture appears. Often partway through connecting the dots, we may know what the completed picture is going to be. Other times, it is harder to discern what it will be. In the end, it is just what the original artist had drawn.

As we look at our lives, sometimes all we see is the bunch of black dots — black holes, if you will — and are perplexed at how we got there and how to get out of there. If we come to Jesus, as our verse for today says, He can arrange the dots and make them into a beautiful picture — the picture that He had drawn many years ago.

I love what C. H. Spurgeon once said: "May men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties." In other words, those black dots — those black holes.

Let's run to Jesus and trust Him during those black hole times. He already has the picture drawn. We just haven't seen it yet.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, so many times, life is confusing, life is hard, life is frustrating. It is during those times, among others, that You call us to keep company with You. Help us to do that and to trust You during those difficult times. Amen.

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