There are a few things that make me uncomfortable. One is when someone drives in the lane next to me, speeding up and slowing down as I do and just won’t let me have my road space.
Another awkward thing is when someone sings to me, you know – when someone knows all the words to the song, and then he looks you deep in the eyes and sings as if the words are to you? This hasn’t happened much, but when it did, WAY awkward. Also, once a guy sang “You’ve Got a Friend” to me over the phone. It was excruciating.
Before I get to the point, I need to explain that when I haven’t been daily seeking God (DAILY is a must for me) even my theology reverts. I catch myself pursuing a works-based righteousness, begging God to make me good enough to stand before Him, wallowing in my multiplying sin. This is where I’ve been lately, not remembering and repeating truth. So wouldn’t it be just like God to make me a tiny bit uncomfortable to set truth off in my mind like a firecracker?
I was at Sam’s with a cart-full of cheap crackers, and right up next to me walked a younger man in a Razorback tracksuit. If we were cars, I’d obviously be the mini-van, and he the souped-up mustang. He was all up in my personal space singing deeply and then with all his vibrato, he shook his words up high, and that’s when I heard the word, “wisdom,” and I knew it then that he was singing to his Jesus, reminding himself of the truth. He was saying “thank you.”
So I loosened up a bit, thinking he was in my space because he’s having church, and sometimes you just don’t get personal space at church. He’s not aware of me. I think I closed my eyes for a second, and we’re both still walking together. I’m pushing a cart. I relax. I think about how sad I’ve been. I slow down. He moved forward a bit, and then he stops and turns around to face me, and he said, “You know that Jesus loves you” and I nodded Yes, and then he turned around and walked away.
Just like that. Jesus is the center. Hear it now. Jesus is the good. He is all righteousness. Credit Him for the great work of redemption He’s finished. Credit Him daily.
Hear it now. Sing it down the isle. Whisper it on your last day. Tell it even to complete strangers.
Jesus loves you.