“You love the right and hate the wrong. And that is why God, your very own God, poured fragrant oil on your head, marking you out as king from among your dear companions.” Psalm 45.7
Lunch could easily become a wake. Two old friends, one facing death squarely in the face with all the uncertainties of a battle not yet finished, another already remembering the grace of a life shared. The scene could have become morose and depressing, it was not!
I struggle to describe the person, the powerful testimony of God’s love and grace. I struggle because I realize that everyone is human, everyone has their weaknesses, and perceptions often determine how people apply their measure of stature. Life is unfair and self-centered in people measure other people.
Who is the man? This man loves the good in people, searches to find the best in one’s work, and nurtures the reflection of God coming from our soul. This man will not spend time in gossip, refuses to tear at a person’s work, and will never smear God’s reflection. This man has weaknesses. People have perceived him as being simple and slow. People have suggested that he does not understand the new situations. People often do not measure the true height of his stature.
If you knew this man you would realize as I have that God has given a special measure of grace and love. He carries fears and doubts like everyone else. He confronts challenges that would wilt the strongest. He fails as frequently as he wins, yet he gives grace even as he fails.
Yesterday we shared food together. Reflecting and looking forward. Musing, laughing, and enjoying time together. Nothing was rushed and we reveled in God’s gifts to all.
Today we continue our journeys. Uncertainties face each at every corner. There are no promises or guarantees in life. I know my life is as fragile and uncertain as anyone else is. Will I love the right and hate the wrong. God willing I want the oil, I want God to mark me.