Daily Delight

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I found myself bruised. It was not an emotional bruising, I truly had physical bruises all over my body, and I was weak. As strange as it sounds, I did not know the source of the numerous blue circles. They simply acquired over a period of a couple days, leaving me marked and I was weak. At the realization I asked my mom about my condition. She is not a physician, but she is a mom. She simply responds with, “you need iron.”

Well that was a simple fix. I purchased some iron supplements and in a few days the bruising was nearly gone. However, I think the Lord wanted to teach me something bigger in this moment.
I had just moved back to college and was sitting in a new room in a familiar town. I had become comfortable being back in this place where I was known. With that comfortably in a home, came a comfortably with Christ. Reading scripture and prayer was simply a 15-minute thing in a random pocket of time in the day and nothing more. I had quickly allowed Christ to become an accessory rather than a necessity.

The Lord ever so sweetly whispered, “My daughter, where is your iron?” and I was taken back to His scripture:

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another –Proverbs 27:17 (TNIV)

Jesus calls us individually to follow Him collectively. He did this with His 12 disciples, and He continues to do this with us. We need those around us to be the lookout from our blind spots, to lift us up when we begin to fall. I had been caught up in my own pride. “I can do this on my own,” I told myself. Yet, I quickly realized that when I choose to stand on my own, there is no one around me to carry my burdens, no one around to push me toward growth. It left me bruised, and I was weak. I need iron. We need iron.

What if we lived like the Acts 2 community? This is what I picture Christ has in store for me, for us: to love one another deeply because Christ’s love has been made known to us and as a result to have “all things in common” because we have allowed Christ to triumph over any man made boundary between another believer. We know we have reached the core of community when our relationship is centered solely on the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 {photo: @hannahrosebrasseur




About the Author


Emily Watson≫ ≫Emily is a student at Oklahoma State University eagerly seeking the Creator and Savior of her soul. She is an avid lover of mornings, the golden hour, fresh flowers, coffee with cream, books, and quality time. You will often find her with a camera around her neck and a willingness to engage with others. The Lord continues to show her more and more of His glory and grace through the man made lens, which then spurs on her writing. You can see more of Emily’s photography and devotional writings at ewatsphotography.com.

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