2/23/2013 Callan Candler (C’14)
You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. If you will diligently observe this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and mightier than yourselves. Every place on which you set foot shall be yours; your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the Western Sea. No one will be able to stand against you; the Lord your God will put the fear and dread of you on all the land on which you set foot, as he promised you.
See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn from the way that I am commanding you today, to follow other gods that you have not known. -Deuteronomy 11:18-28
Reading this passage brought back a memory of the time I watched a meteor shower with my best friend in high school. As we sat beneath the sky and looked at all the millions of stars, we talked about how insignificant we felt compared to the universe and everything else in it. Sometimes I feel like that compared to God. I wonder how He makes time to love me when I am just one among billions. However, I find this section of Deuteronomy very uplifting and comforting. It makes me remember that to God, I will never blend in.
God is telling us to do one simple thing: to love him. In spite of all our mistakes in the past and future, He loves us just the same. He makes time to love each of us uniquely and that makes me feel so special. As long as we have the strength of God, we can accomplish anything. Verse 25 says, "No one will be able to stand against you." That makes me feel so powerful.
During this season of Lent, it is important to remember that we are never forgotten. No matter how small we might feel at times and no matter how many mistakes we make, God will always be there to welcome us with open arms.