I recently visited Chennai, India the land where I grew up. One evening while sharing dinner with some friends we laughed over our goofiness and gave thanks to our God for His faithfulness. That day I had been contemplating over Psalm 51:
Have mercy on me O God according to your steadfast love, according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions…
For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.
As I continued to ponder over the words of the Psalmist I started drawing the tree with life and fruit and flowers but I could not ignore the many mistakes, bad decisions I have made I began to draw thorns on top of the good tree – those mistakes, wrongs cover the goodness that exists. It is ever before me BUT my Creator has delivered me because of His unfailing love for me.
There is indeed nothing that is hidden from my Creator and Loving Father but His love for me draws me to Himself and delivers me when I confess. Thank you Jesus! all around the visual of the good tree and the thorns is a pattern of hearts giving the entire visual the shape of an eye.
And while I remember from where I have fallen, I rejoice in knowing my Saviour’s love for me continues to nurture me as a good tree.
Take a moment and think on these things. The things of the past will keep coming before you. There will be people and places that will bring them to the forefront. But knowing and reminding yourself that God sees you (and all of the things of the past,present and the future) with forgiveness and love will help continue on this journey of life.