God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, No matter how desperate the trouble. Nahum 1:7 (MSG)
Wendy and I were in a tattoo shop earlier this week. I was getting a tattoo (my third). Wendy was having some touch up done on hers. We spent about three hours there, and it was a blast to sit and take in the culture. It was a great place and the guys in the shop were fun to be around. And, on top of it all, Jesus was there.
Don't misunderstand me. It definitely wasn't a "Christian" tattoo parlor. We witnessed some very interesting things. Nevertheless, God's presence was there. I sensed it all around me. Holy Spirit was at work in the lives of the artists. Despite what many of my friends would consider the rough appearance of the people and the place, Jesus was not absent. The thing I love about Jesus, was that He could be found in the craziest places hanging out with the most colorful, even unsavory, people.
I get frustrated with Christians who want to limit God to only being present, available and active in their prescribed and confined space. To a much lesser degree, I get frustrated with people who live outside that space, and believe them. How sad that there are people who think God would never accept them, love them, or help them, because those recognized as "God's people" generally never accept them, love them, or help them.
God, help me not to limit you, nor limit my love for anyone – ever.