Colossians photoIt’s Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker and the word prompt today is crowd

When I think of the word crowd I’m reminded of a valuable lesson God taught me last year. I may have mentioned this before on the blog and if you’ve already heard it, I’m sorry. However, I think someone out there could benefit from my story.

Last year, I was away at an event and super excited to meet someone who had shown some interest in me. When I finally met the person, the moment I had imagined in my mind was extremely far off from what really happened. I walked away disappointed. My heart sunk and my dreams seemed to plummet in an instant. Later that evening I sat down on my bed and thought, “I guess I’m not in with the in crowd.”

Now, it’s funny how God will use exactly what we are studying in His word to speak to present circumstances. At the time, I was memorizing Colossians chapter three. And God was quick to bring verse three to my mind…

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

-Colossians 3:3

Do you see where I’m going with this?  If I died to myself, truly died to my own will and control of my own life, then I should know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my life is hidden with Christ in God and I am, most certainly, in with the in crowd. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the only in crowd I should ever need, or care, to be part of in my life.

God’s got this!

It’s a tough lesson to learn when we have our own plan and timetable for life events, but the whole point is that I need to draw from Him first. I need to care about who He thinks I am.  He loves this over-thinking, over achieving, crazed girl who is living her own real-life-episode of I love Lucy. I struggle and stumble (figuratively and literally) and He always pulls me back in and shows me how much He loves me. Regardless of what anybody else thinks, God loved me enough to send His Son, Jesus, to die for me. And He did the same for you.

You are so loved, so wanted, and so needed! If you’ve accepted Him in your life and died to yourself then your life is hidden inside His. You are in with the only crowd that matters. And just in case you missed it, I will say it again… You. Are. Loved.

Have a beautiful weekend, friends.

Love,

Jennifer

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