Today, God is real
A collection of how God is real to me today.

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Today, God embraces me. Again.
How human am I to ditch this blog only a few days after I created it. 

Mark 1:9-13

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you, I am well pleased.” At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

I’m reading Mark again and I feel like every time I read certain parts of the Bible I react to it differently. For starters, this is a section that I usually just skimmed over but there are too many things to comment in this short passage. 

1. “heaven being torn open”…what does that even look like? I feel frustrated with the limitations of my own imagination. Did only Jesus see it? I feel like it would be a sight too great for any human to see and John would’ve died instantly, but then again, he went to heaven so… 

2. “Spirit descending on him like a dove” is such beautiful, graceful, glorious imagery. What is it like to be Jesus? My sin is preventing me from experiencing the fullness of God’s love. 

3. “You are my Son, whom I love; with you, I am well pleased.” It just blows my mind away that God calls me His own and therefore loves me just as much as He loves Jesus, His own, perfect, flawless Son. This line makes me want to pour out everything I have, do everything that I can to hear God say look at my life and say “I am well pleased” although at this point I may have blown my chances already…but still, there is redemption so I will try again and again.

4. As soon as God tells Jesus that He loves him and is well pleased, He sends him off, alone, for 40 days with the sole purpose to be tempted. I’m sure Jesus knew that he was going to overcome it, but how painful and psychologically tormenting must have each moment been. 40 days. Sorry, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that you are tempted for 40 days without cracking. That just goes to show Jesus’s perfection, something that I cannot even imagine for myself. He was only with the wild animals and the angels attended Him. I’m in a world with other people, not lonely, not by myself, and I have the Holy Spirit attending me constantly. Yet, I still fail, day after day. And God, He embraces me again, day after day. I am so lucky. I am so blessed.

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