Bent Low

Today my soul is full, not lacking for anything. I feel blessedly alive, my affection pouring out like unbroken worship. God has called my two girls on a new path to sing for Him unashamed, out loud and in harmony with His voice. “I surrender to Jesus and want to be baptized,” they say. And so they were, today.

I stand on shaky legs. I rub clammy palms against my dress. I watch as they fold into the water, as they intentionally hand the reigns over to God. What will He do with them? How will He use them? The questions flood my mind.

Suddenly, they hop from the waters with new, shiny hope. Then they scurry into the dressing room drenched. As they change, I bend to clean the pools of water. I bend twirling a towel over tile to absorb the damp.

Suddenly, God breezes into the moment with a message.

I think to myself, “I usually live bent low.” Like this.

I bend to pick up cheerios the kids threw like confetti; I bend to tie unruly shoelaces; I bend to pull a finger out of a nose; I bend over math books and history quizzes. And at the end of the day, I bend next to my bed with a small request ~ that I could bend more, bend lower tomorrow. Because I serve a Savior who came to be a servant, to bend low for the sake of others. And bent down here is where I see His face, rely on His strength, and trust in His Word.

He being clean bent down for the dirty.

Jesus bent low to wipe away the mess, the tears, and the sin with His robe. He absorbed it all, becoming messy himself. Which am I? Clean? Dirty? Have my hands and heart been selfish? Will I bend low myself on behalf of those in front of me?

The truth is … my heart is only clean when I’m near to Jesus Christ. My heart feels cleanest when I climb into the ditch with people the world has labeled dirty. I find myself face to face with Jesus in the dirt and the more I bend the harder and better and fuller life gets.

And sure all this bending wears a mama out, but the joy is unmatched when the day is done and those who didn’t believe now do. Because bent down low is where we find people thirsty for Jesus. And in this place is where we find life, life to the fullest… right where God wants us to be.

My prayer is that my girls will bend for those God puts in front of them, today and every day. I pray they will be reassured that even though bending low isn’t always easy, they’ll be in good company ~  because He will always meet them there.

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8 Responses

10.15.12

Such a beautiful post. I’m so sad we missed this glorious moment in the girls lives! Echoing your sweet prayer for all of our precious kids. Love you!!

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Without a doubt…..my absolute favorite post from you (wipes a tear). The most beautiful, eloquent words flow from a full heart. What an amazing moment and brand new beginning for your precious babies. God bless you for raising up Godly children and for sharing the love of Christ in this way.
Love and hugs,
Deb

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10.15.12

This is an absolutely beautiful post. It is so wonderful to see our children give themselves to the Lord! Many prayers and blessings coming your way! ~Cynthia

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10.15.12

Wonderfully written!! I loved it when you said you heart is only clean when you are near to Jesus…it’s so true! Sometimes we have to get dirty to get clean! Also, I’m so happy that your precious girls have given their lives to Jesus. I cry my eyes out every time I see a baptism…so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Be blessed 🙂
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10.15.12

Absolutely my favorite post of yours!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart-we celebrate with you and your family and we thank you Lord for raising up these beautiful girls and for raising up all of us!

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10.15.12

Congrats to your sweet girls! What a momentous time! I love your description of mother’s bending low–beautiful. Blessings!
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10.15.12

I love this, Kelli. “Because bent down low is where we find people thirsty for Jesus.” Your post reminded me of a portion of Psalm 18 “God stoops down to make us great.” Jesus is the perfect example of bending for others. Thanks for linking up!
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10.15.12

Precious post.
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