“Come overwhelmed with life. Come with a wandering mind. Come messy…” Paul Miller
When I first read this line I thought of another, “Come with what you do not have and buy what’s undeserved. (Shane and Shane)”
Both struck me at an opportune time. This whole last semester has been both blurry and busy. The final semester of senior year, the changes happening at the church, the homework of every class, and the daunting third try at College Algebra all worked their ways under my skin.
Sleep wasn’t really sleep, if you know what I mean. It was a dark period where I was still tired after I woke up.
In all of this I became rather cynical (more so than normal). Judging others for their shortcomings became easy. Looking down on those of ‘lesser understanding’ was second nature. Being proud of what I know was how I’d act.
Yet conviction comes when you least expect it.
In a conversation with a friend, whom I love, talking about his very personal struggles.
It was just a passing thought in offering some advice, “You speak about how you still love the arrogant despite their sin, pride, but you don’t do that, do you Sam?”
Acting as though I had it altogether is like a vase sitting on the edge of the mantle, just waiting to be nudged off.
My point is this: I’ve not lived the mental Christian life well. The fight in your brain against sin, yea that one. Where you encourage others and, at times, reach to their level.
So, “Come overwhelmed with life. Come with a wandering mind. Come messy…” “Come with what you do not have and buy what’s undeserved.” Because He's love for his people drew Him to the cross.