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I’ve often said that I don’t know how on earth a hypochondriac like me ended up with two siblings in the medical field (Firefighter/EMT and Future Vet Tech).
Particularly having a firefighter in the family comes with a wide range of emotions…
There’s pride, joy, fear, and worry just to name a few. It’s been neat over the last few years to see Bradley really come out of his shell (he’s pretty quiet and still tries to hide behind me or JoJo in public unless you talk about firefighting/EMT stuff, then he’ll talk your ear off).
You get an inside look at how the fire station operates and what really goes on behind the scenes. For example it never occurred to me that there are actually people that don’t get to spend the holidays with their family even though they are stateside because they have to work at the Station or hospital.
And then there’s the fear. I worry about everything like getting hit by a car while trying to help an injured person on the highway, getting trapped in a fire and being unable to escape, falling through a roof, PTSD, seeing a patient die, Etc. But then there’s the other things you notice. Things like courage, perseverance, service and sacrifice.
It’s not difficult to be extremely grateful for all that the Firefighters/EMT’s, Police Officers, Military members, etc. do. They run TO the fire, the fight, the injured, etc. when most others like me are trying to get as far away as possible. But do we realize that God does the exact same thing?
A few weeks ago Matthew West released a new song titled “The God Who Stays”. One line of this song in particular stuck out to me.
“You’re the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away”
When others have given up on us God offers hope (Psalm 33:22). When others leave God stays with us (Proverbs 18:24).
Another interesting thing that I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t really matter what you did that caused you to be in that predicament. They are there to help you and provide healing. Those things like political affiliation, skin color, religion, or even your past don’t matter. They won’t turn you away just because you did something stupid.
Neither does God.
Romans 5:6-11 tells us that Jesus came and willingly gave His life for the ungodly people! He doesn’t wait for us to be perfect before offering us the life-saving blood that we need! Sometimes we often wonder if God will still accept us and love us even though we’ve screwed up big time after becoming a Christian. I had read the verses in Romans 6:9-10a over and over through the years but once I read Louie Giglio’s book “Goliath Must Fall“ the pieces really fell into place for me.
“Jesus died one time–for all time. Jesus never needs to go to another cross. Period. The work of defeating death and all hell’s power is finished, completed.” (“Goliath Must Fall” by Louie Giglio page 35)
Jesus has already done all the work necessary to save us. He’s run toward us, pulled us from the burning wreckage, and now He’s just waiting for us to acknowledge our need for Him. He won’t force Himself on us. He wants us to choose Him just like He’s already chosen us (John 15:16).
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Until next time,