Tuesday, December 11, 2012

There is nothing like the Real Thing


This week I have been helping my sister and her family
as she recovers from surgery. 
As I load the dishwasher,
feed the kids,
or play with the dog,
one thing is clear...
I am the substitute, the fill in.

I find myself helping the kids with their homework,
laughing, exploring and maybe learning something new myself.

But,

when a hug is in order....
I am the substitute, the fill in.

There is nothing more comforting than a mothers hug.
Right now I am the substitute hugger.

As my sister recovers and little by little moves back into her role
of chief hugger and cheerleader of her family,
I feel great joy.

I learn a lot through watching life around me and this is no exception.
I am glad that God is willing to teach me in this way.
Watching my sister and her family
 navigate recovery and
a new normal
reminds me of my relationship with God.

I can try all day long to find comfort.
Food is one of my favorite go to comforts.
We all have a few.
I also am prone to use hibernation as a comfort.

Anything that is not my Savior is a short lived comfort.
It just is not the same.
Grasping at things like,
 "If I just looked a certain way I know I would be happy" 
"Once I reach my goal weight, that will make me happy" 
"If I could just have more time with this person , then I would feel safe and happy"
"I know all will be right in my world if only...(fill in the blank)"

I believe that God wants me to enjoy this world that He created
But there is a catch...
When I enjoy this world and the things in it, 
it should remind me of Him and all He has done for me.
it should cause me to long for the "Real Thing"

His peace
His joy
His presence

There is nothing that can "fill in" for God's love and place in my life.
Everything else is fleeting, a substitute that will not last.

So as I spend the rest of this week with my sister and family,
as I do my best to pass out hugs
until the real hugger can step back in
as I do my best to keep the family moving forward
until the real family manager can step back in
I will meditate on these things and thank God for the reminder..

There is nothing like the Real Thing
Jesus
My all in all
My savior
My King
My friend
My comforter

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;
who comforts us in all our affliction
so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance,
so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

    

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