Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
Happy Tuesday! What started as a bleak and rainy day turned into a beautiful one filled with sunshine. Man, God is so good. It’s the little things that make us reflect on the goodness of the Father. I’ve been in this beautiful posture of prayer and presence. My soul is soaking up all of this goodness because one day my schedule won’t allow for all this time. I’m learning day by day to enjoy the season that I’m in. Clearly, God desires that I enter into a place of rest because all of my attempts of striving and working have come to nothing. So, here I am sitting in my sacred place, ready to share with each of you.
As I was prepping for my teen bible study class tonight, I read a familiar passage in a different translation. Y’all, the Passion Translation gives me so much life!!! I was reading 1 Peter 2:9-10 when a particular line caught my eye. Verse ten reads, “For at one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it.” I’m a big word person, so I like to read with dictionaries and thesauruses nearby. I’m this way with any piece of text: sacred, fiction, non-fiction, etc. There is something about reading a passage of text with a definition in mind. It changes the context of comprehension and adds depth to the reading experience. Anyways, as my inner nerd was having a ball, I decided to look up the word drenched. Simple word right? Yes and no. We all know that to be drenched is to be completely soaked or wet but what does it mean to be completely soaked or wet in mercy? Better yet, what is mercy?
Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. Mercy is extended when we do not give others what they deserve when we have the power to do so. For example, a judge not giving a deserved sentence; or better yet a parent not reprimanding a child after they have done wrong. We are all in need of a little mercy! According to the verse, at one time we had no knowledge of the compassion or forgiveness of God because we did not receive either compassion or forgiveness. This tells me that we cannot fully know something that we haven’t embraced. For example, how can you know (fully know) your friend or loved one if you haven’t fully embraced that person (strengths, weaknesses and other idiosyncrasies)? We do not know what we do not embrace. So, if we do not embrace people, places, or circumstances- we have no full knowledge of those things. This is why it’s so important to be friends with people who embrace you fully because that’s the only way they will know you fully and can love you rightly. We cannot love well what we do not know. Alright…moving on. The passage continues with “but now you are drenched with it.” So what we didn’t know about before, we are now soaked within it. We are now soaked in mercy!
Earlier today, I had to make an errand which led me to the DMV. I don’t know about other people but I absolutely hate the DMV. Like absolutely hate it! Anyways, the clouds were dark and it was raining a little bit but it wasn’t storming. As I was leaving the DMV, the bottom fell out from the heavens and buckets of water descended on the earth. Well, your girl didn’t have an umbrella and my afro already had its daily dose of water and olive oil. As I ran to the car, I was soaked- wet from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. There was no mistaking that I was in the pouring rain. Isn’t that the beauty of God? To take what we were not privy to and to soak us in compassion and forgiveness. So much so, that we walk around as evidence of what we received. Friends, we are soaked in mercy! May this encourage you that our God is not angry with us, neither is he ashamed of us but he is proud to call us his own. He is full of compassion and forgiveness for us and he loves us dearly!
May you never become dry!