12-12-12 it only happens once every century and this year it will commence my 40ith birthday!!!!!! Ya gotta admit that is a pretty grand way to turn 40! The Lord will have blessed me with 40 years and I simply am in awe. This year not only will the year be different but the celebration will be too. You see 39 birthdays have come and gone with little to no value, nor appreciation for the life I am given, or gratitude towards my Creator.
We all have challenges, as we always will, to varying degrees to grow us, refine us, and mold us into His image. Being His child is NEVER supposed to be easy! In and through our trials we have the opportunity to reach out to Him, cling to Him, & overcome while giving God the glory. Such was my desire seemingly so unattainable to reach. With efforts tried and failed time and time again resulted in succumbing to the heinousness of my circumstances. In this is NO glory, NO victory, and certainly NO overcoming. Bit by bit, piece by piece a part of you starts to internally atrophy and slowly and painfully die. Gone on long enough and without care and healing and in time you WILL be no more.
Resurrection and redemption two powerful and illuminating words for me. As Christ works powerfully in your life and literally resurrects you from the dead you want to shout it on high so ALL can see Him in His magnificent glory. There once was a time when I would have climbed the highest mountain to release the most painful wail known to mankind. My the difference of what flows out of the mouth from a changed heart. Last year at this very time my circumstances were inflicting me to the point of death….I was to be no more or so I thought. So while last year’s birthday party could have been a wake or visiting me arms bound in a white fitted shirt in a cozy comfy white padded room, this year we rejoice, we rejoice in Him.
But this day this December 12 this is a day to celebrate resurrection, resurrection only through Christ and I understand this word because I am His fully alive and fully resurrected.
Redemption the purchase back something that had been lost by payment of a ransom. The synonym is to regain possession of , don’t you love that? Christ regaining possession of me…of me, this sinner can be restored to God one and only one way, through the blood of Christ. How bout redeeming as an adjective, serving to compensate for faults or deficiencies in quality. It is this daily act that Christ fulfills in me as my sinful nature is always in battle with Him, He serves to compensate for me…compensate for me! Are you in such wonder as I over that? Redeeming Carolyne that is the name of this very blog created three years ago to put words to His redeeming of me each and everyday.
Here’s the magnificence of His beauty. He meets you right where ever you are and doesn’t wait around for your circumstances to change He changes YOU! Nothing that I “thought” should change in my life has. The same circumstances which attempted to steal my very last breath are the same circumstances in which I SHOUT for victory! My relationship with Christ isn’t about changing the people around me that I long to change but it is about He & I and nothing else. From the deafening silence of death to the resounding brilliance of exultation in life…..a life in Christ. The glory that I receive from an insatiable hunger for His word, through tenacious daily worship,can penetrate any darkness, and evil, any impossible….cause He is……I AM!
Oh will you celebrate with me? Will you celebrate what He is doing in your life…….what He can do in your life? Take up His cross, repent, pray for His gracious unearned forgiveness and follow Jesus…….it will be the journey of a lifetime!
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.