I think it was in Junior High that I started to put on a few ounces here and there. Mainly here and also some over there! When I bought clothes it was from the ‘portly’ section, which sounded more like ‘porky’ to me! Too many pretzels loaded with salt with way too many potato chips…munching away lying down in front of the old black-and-white television set at home.
My mother always said that we were ‘big-boned’ people. It was our over-sized bones that made us look slightly on the hefty side! And that was the only reason! How I wanted to believe her. She must be right. After all, she’s my mother. She was the one who convinced me that black cows gave chocolate milk! And thunder was from angels bowling in heaven! So, why not big bones?
Have you read from Isaiah 66 yet? Precious verses indeed. They talk of God as if He was like the most loving mother any one ever had in the whole world, and then some. Verse 10 speaks of loving God’s city of Jerusalem, with joy overflowing. Verse 11 pictures a mother nursing her child, consoling that bundle of love at her breast with nourishment, closeness and satisfaction.
In verse 12 comes ‘peace’/shalom that moves like a sacred river, filling up with God’s glory, flowing over its borders and banks. While being nursed, God places us on His hips, bouncing us, up-and-down, with a gentle, reassuring motion.
Then comes comfort after comfort after comfort, a trilogy in verse 13. In verse 14 our hearts rejoice and ‘OUR BONES shall flourish like the grass'(ESV). My mother was right after all, we will be big-boned people! Strong, energetic, healthy, prospering, vigorous, alive forevermore because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. Think about these verses today–they will put a spring in your step for sure!
Prayer: Lord, your strength is ours in your Son. Thank you for blessing each of us who believe in You. Blessings that are new each morning. Thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.