Darkness is pushed back as a spotlight blares on. It's over my head and I am in the middle of its sharply defined circle of light.
I look down at my trembling frame, encased in rags and smudged with ash and dirt from the fire. I am not prepared to meet Him who "has roused himself from His holy dwelling."* Surely I am doomed.
There stands my accuser. He has the goods on me. Everything he has to say will be true. I am unworthy. I am full of iniquity. As he begins to raise his finger to draw attention to my crimes, he is interrupted.
"Is this not a brand I have plucked from the fire?" says the Lord.
And instead of being in the middle of condemnation, I am awash in a sea of grace and mercy. He promises provision in the place under His vine and beneath His fig tree. He will make His house mine, and I will dwell with Him forever.
** Five Minute Friday (FMF) is a weekly event hosted at the website of Kate Motaung wherein participants are given a single word prompt every Thursday evening, which remains active for one week. How to play: write for 5 minutes on the thoughts, memories, impressions, reflections, aspirations, hopes, beliefs, convictions, or whatever, that that prompt word brings to mind. Set a timer, write without worry about spelling or grammar or typos, and stop when the timer goes off (no cheating). The rules are here. It's free, it's non-committal, and it's easy to participate, so come to the #FMFparty with me! This week, the word was MIDDLE.
Laura England Miller