Thoughts for the Week

Archive for January, 2013

He’ll Run to You

the-parable-of-the-lost-sonsHow do you describe someone? As a writer, it’s effective to use comparisons. “He was tall and thin like a willow tree.”

God is described doing many things in the Bible in this way. Many of them are human attributes and actions to help describe him better. During the Exodus, the Lord is described as carrying Israel “as a father carries his son” (Deut. 1:31, NIV). Immediately the readers can picture a gentle dad carrying his little boy to bed. Another metaphor is in Genesis 2:2, when God rested from his work, thus creating the Sabbath.

These descriptions are woven through the Bible, and there’s a unique comparison that’s only used once. In Luke 15, the story of the prodigal son, the young man asks for his inheritance and leaves. But when he comes back, his father sees him and runs to meet him. With God as the father, this is only place in the Bible where God is shown running.

According to Jack Wellman, this idea of the Father running to the wayward son would have been shocking because “the Jews considered this highly undignified in their culture. The patriarch never ran or never made the first move in such a situation.”

The fact that God let himself be depicted in this unorthodox show of love is deeply moving. Not only will he welcome you back, he’ll run to you, arms open wide.


Copyright 2013 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

Commander of My Future

futureI’m in a certain stage in my life that most people fear–job-hunting.

Graduation from college is quickly approaching and I’m looking for an editorial position in a publishing house. It would be an understatement to say I’ve been a little stressed about it. My fiance is also applying to a graduate school and  figuring out timing has been not been as fun as I hoped.

The other day, however, I was reading through Ecclesiastes chapter eleven and my translation was interestingly put. The writer was speaking to young people and how they should enjoy life and remember their Creator. Verse ten began, “So refuse to worry” (NLT).

In that moment, God impressed on my heart, “When you worry about the future, you care about it more than you care me. I got the future. So refuse to worry.”

It also reminded me of the verse we all know, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT)

When I stand my ground and don’t let worry take control of my planning, I choose God instead. He remains where he should be, the commander of my future. He knows the best way to go, so why worry?

Copyright 2013 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

Always Watching

Malti-poo puppy destroying houseDo you have a dog that’s always causing trouble?

I have a peppy Bichon Frise named Buddy who has a mind of his own. The other day, I was cleaning my room and he trotted in. Without skipping a beat, Buddy jumped onto a piece of furniture and put his paws up on my dresser, where half-eaten snacks sometimes take residence. He’s not allowed there and I shooed him away.

“You dumb dog, can’t you see I was watching?” For some reason in his little doggy brain, he thought I wouldn’t notice him blatantly disobeying me.

Suddenly, I was struck by the same lesson. There were times I thought I could do something behind God’s back. It’s easy to forget that God’s always watching. It says in Psalm 33:13, “from heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind.” A Christ-follower should choose what is right, especially when he or she is alone, because there’s always someone watching.

In the end, God will either commend or condemn what is done because he’s always watching.

Copyright 2013 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only

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