Read through the Bible in 2 years: Leviticus 25-27
“And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan.”Leviticus 25:10 ESV
My parents bought the house I was raised in when my sister was three and I was an infant. They sold it when I got married. I hadn’t been back to visit my hometown and the house of my childhood since my grandmother died 15 years ago.
Some of my neighbor’s homes had a fresh layer of paint and the state capital building’s dome had a fresh layer of gold leaf, but underneath not much had changed.
The skywalks connecting the downtown buildings still shielded pedestrians from the Iowa cold.
Huge piles of snow still rested in the corners of parking lots.
The familiar Arby’s sign still stood beside East 14th street.
It was good to go back and remember what things used to look like, because it helped me remember how much things in my life have changed since I grew up in that big old white house.
- God has blessed me with four children on earth and two more in heaven.
- I’ve lived in five different houses and three different states.
- I’ve written books and recorded videos and shared the gospel with hundreds of people.
- I’ve traveled to China and Hungary and Russia and Mexico.
- My oldest two children have gotten married.
- My first grandchild has been born, and a second is on the way.
- And more important than any of these incredible things, God has given me Himself. He has saved me and transformed me from an evangelical atheist to an evangelical Christian.
This year I celebrated my own year of Jubilee. Fifty trips around the sun. But this Jubilee year has been hard for me in many ways. This year I was diagnosed with kyphosis and osteoporosis. I began seeing a physical therapist to help my posture, and I suffered my first broken bone – a stress fracture in my right foot. In fact, as I write this, my foot rests securely in a black boot almost up to my knee.
But this Jubilee year has also been so very good. I’m learning that secret of contentment – that Jesus is my strength and that I need to rest in Him. I’m learning to lean on Jesus – rather than trying to do it all on my own. I’m learning to be faithful. I’m learning that my worth is not in what I do, but in who I am and who I belong to.
Have you celebrated your year of Jubilee? Jubilee or not, what would you like to learn this year? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment.
Heavenly Father, A Jubilee is no celebration without You. Help us to fix our eyes on You, the author and perfector of our faith. Help us to remember who we used to be – so that we can have hearts of gratitude for all that You have done. Help us, though, to remember who You ALWAYS are. Your grace was always with us. You are always good and You are always kind and Your goodness is everlasting. All my life You have been faithful. All my life You have been good. All my life I will sing of the mercies of God. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
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