The Normal Life of Jesus

I was in between jobs from June 2015 until January 2016.

I had a job during that time but I had went from salary to hourly and a family of seven which means you cut deep into your budget to make as much room as you possibly can.

I worked in the catering department at the Ashland University the last half of 2015. God provided for us and reset my heart as well.

One of the budget cuts was the cloud service we used to store important files like documents, kid’s school stuff, family photos… especially family photos.

I had a hard drive that backed everything up as well so the cloud storage was just a second location for added security.

I figured the hard drive would hold up for a few months so I cancelled the cloud storage temporarily until I could get a job suitable for paying for those kinds of things.

What’s the worst that could happen? A hard disk failure? Yeah, right. LOL!!!

So the hard disc failed and we lost everything from 1998 to June 2015. Documents… gone. Important files from the kids education… gone. Family photos… gone.

I didn’t have the heart to tell Beka for another three years.


Back in 2014, a pastor friend of mine gave me a teaching series on the [normal] life of Jesus taught by a Messianic Dr. Fruchtenbaum.

When he handed it to me, he hesitated a little and made me swear to watch every teaching, to which I agreed.

I took the box of DVDs off the shelf today with every intention of watching one (yes, 6 years later) but found something else instead.

Photos.

Family photos.

Every last photo I thought we’d never see again.

I don’t remember putting anything in with these DVDs but apparently I did and God meant for it to be stored there.

I’ve said before I’m certain of God’s love. So certain, I’ll never deny it. I was reminded again of the personal nature of God’s love for us in Christ.

He binds up the broken, leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for grandfathers with dementia, ties ribbons around the oaks of the overlooked, pardons repeater cheaters, fans a smoldering wick into an inferno, regards obedience better than sacrifice, and restores a library full of family photos long forgotten in a package with the Lamb of God on it.

This is the normal life of Jesus.

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