Whenever we think about the consequences of residue, it conjures up imagery that is unpleasant. Perhaps we reflect upon the old adage of, “Have you any rivers, that seem uncrossable?” For the residue emerges from difficult places and spaces that tried us in some capacity. If we are blessed enough to survive, we carry something on us that remains. Others around us may not understand what it took, and truth be told, neither do we. Yet, at some point, the Holy Spirit will bring things to our remembrance and one cannot help but usher in a praise, for what did not drown you!
I don’t know if it is an age thing (you do know that I’m 50..#goSteph), but I am striving daily to remain seated in my grateful chair. While residue can be filthy it represents an overcoming of sorts, and that is where gratefulness due to God’s grace and mercy resides. Acts 15:16-17 reads, “After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.” The Word speaks of rebuilding and establishing, and the residue seeking after the Lord. This is critical – in that all we have left of ourselves, the brokenness as well as the wholeness is compelled to alignment unto God.
So much talk in the Christian hemisphere about it being July, the seventh month, new beginnings and a little more than half of the year toward the year 2020. Further, the dialogue is leaning toward positioning oneself and vision. I am in agreement and receipt of all of the above, and I am committed to move into all the newness with the residue of my past – the good, the bad and the ugly! The residue reminds of the extent to which God is a keeper despite the conditions by which we labor. There may be a little dirt left behind, and folk may be interested in attempting to unearth it as often as they breathe, but lest we forget that the residue that ran red at Calvary has covered us so profusely that it doesn’t matter what others try; they cannot supersede the blessings of God! Romans 5:3-5 affirms, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” So what you are a little dirty. Perhaps even a lot of dirty. As am I. And while others may look at us and feel some type of way, I choose to rejoice, because no one truly knows the price of my praise and the recompense of my residue.