For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
My parents drove to College Station yesterday to spend a few hours with me and attend the tailgate. The weather was miserable but, because it was so bad and they still wanted to come, I was reminded of how great their love for me is.
It was such a blessing to spend time with them and have them meet many of my new friends and see where I live my new life.
I put my parking permit in my parents car so my dad could drop my mom and I off at the tailgate with our cooler and all our tailgate gear (we really do it right) and then park (you can park for free in some lots with a parking permit).
My parents weren’t able to go to the game because they needed to go home for a friends birthday party. I realized that I would need my parking permit. It took us a while to figure out how they’d get it to me. We settled on me giving my mom my mailbox key, them going to my apartment, putting my permit in my mailbox and then slipping my mail key under my door.
This morning on the way to church, I realized something. When it was time to leave, my dad walked back to the car and drove it to the tailgate so we could load it up. I was standing right there loading the car that my permit was in. They needed only hand it to me.
But they didn’t. We followed the elaborate plan we had constructed instead of a very simple solution that should have been obvious but that we totally missed! Why?
This week I spent a long time studying how and when the Bible was put together. I have serious questions: What scripture might have been left out (the gospel of Mary?) What might have been included that shouldn’t have been? Are some books of the Bible targeted at specific people (Like Timothy at church leaders) and therefore not applicable for other?
I spent so long contemplating this that you could say I got “lost in the weeds”.
I sometimes get so bogged down in the weeds that I forget to keep my heart trained on the truth that God loves me.
I see God’s love for me in the parents He gave me and in their love for me. I see His love in the blessing of spending time with them.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. John 4:8
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these threebut the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
This week I want to go back to the basics. I want to focus on love. I don’t want to be distracted from something obvious and basic by making elaborate plans and missing out on what should stay right in front of me.