What happened here?! This do-it-yourself tile job has a serious flaw. Someone was not paying attention! There is no question that there is a clear pattern to follow. Perhaps the worker laying the tile was not paid and this was the way he sought revenge. Or perhaps there was drinking on the job and vision was impaired. Or maybe it was just a style choice, although I find that last explanation hard to believe! All that is needed to fix this is for that one tile to be turned.
Today’s verse was part of a sermon given by Peter to the Israelites. They had been living a pattern of behavior shared by their ancestors. After enjoying a time of blessing, they would rebel and ignore the prophets. When punishment followed, they would cry to God in repentance. He would forgive and restore them and renew His blessings. Then, before too long the pattern would be repeated. Peter pointed out how God fulfilled everything foretold through the prophets when He sent His Son, Jesus. (verse 18)
I am so grateful for Christ’s incredible patience with me! I find myself following this same pattern of turning away from Him. In my pride and self-sufficiency, I think I know better how to live my own life. When things start following apart, and they do, I finally turn back to Him in humility and cry for help. He is always there. He is always ready to forgive and restore. His love is unconditional and unchanging and He waits for me to turn to Him. Then I can enjoy once again that “time of refreshing.”
Refresh me today, Lord.