Duck Dynasty fans far and wide are sad about the end of the long-running A&E series, which recently said it’s final goodbye. But, thankfully for those fans of the Robertson clan, the family still has a great social media presence and we can still keep an eye on what they’re up to. I for one enjoy reading Missy Robertson’s blog, where this Christian wife and mom writes some pretty great stuff about faith, family, and keepin’ it real.
For 26 1/2 years, Jase and I have set our Saturday night alarms to get us and our kids up, dressed and out the door to meet with our church family on Sunday mornings. It’s pretty awesome to hear that our grown boys (in Nashville and Malibu ) are now doing the same without Mama around. Even Mia sets hers and meets us in the kitchen. Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Of course, walking in and seeing @christomlin as your worship leader for the morning doesn’t hurt either.) #NashvillePerks #PurposefulParenting #HappySundayHappyWeek #BodyOfChrist ??:Mia
Recently Missy and Jase have had a couple their ducklings leave the nest, as one son, Reed, recently married, and another is off to college.
But, as Missy explains in her recent blog post, with daughter Mia at home and a street full of houses filled with family members (they call it “Robertson Row”), their nest is ANYTHING but empty.
Entitled “Family Doesn’t Knock,” Missy’s post explains how the door to her home is constantly opening and closing with the comings and goings of their many extended family members who live on their street. She tells a funny story about her brother-in-law Alan’s granddaughter, Bailey Kay, running into their house, using their bathroom, and running back out without even saying a word. She says:
After she was quickly outside and back on her bicycle, Jase said, “Nice to see ya again, B.K.” We all chuckled. That’s life on “Robertson Row”. Bailey obviously felt quite comfortable, not only entering our home without knocking, but she felt the same level of comfort entering our bathroom–our “holy of holies”–our inner sanctum—our throne room. And we were perfectly comfortable with her entering without first hearing a knock. What makes her different from someone living around the corner that we don’t know? She is family. Family is welcome at any time, day or night.
Missy being Missy, she was soon struck with a spiritual application for little Bailey Kay’s quick visit. “When we pray to God, we have that same invitation. We can approach God with any request at any time.” She then goes on to explain something Christians often forget: the privilege to approach God anytime, anywhere in prayer, to have Him HEAR and SEE us wherever we are, this uninhibited access to our loving God, was NOT always allowed. Robertson explains:
In the Old Testament, there were many rules and laws that surrounded approaching God in the inner most room inside the Temple. Not just anyone could do it. I would list the laws here, but it would take pages! You can read them yourself in Exodus 35-40:33. You do need to know that there were many curtains that separated each section from the previous one, leading into the innermost sanctum where God would take the requests of the High Priest. This was called the Most Holy Place or the Holy of Holies.
No one could enter the veil-covered Holy of Holies to communicate with God except the High Priest, and even he could only do so ONCE A YEAR.
Can you imagine only being able to bring your needs and praises to God ONCE A YEAR? The thought fills me with grief.
As Missy goes on to explain, praise the Lord that He sent Christ to die for us on the cross and rip apart the veil that separated us from coming close to God. As she says, “…at the precise moment that Jesus took his last breath on that cross, the curtain into the Most Holy Place tore apart from top to bottom. This signified that the old way to approach God was demolished and that Jesus was now our High Priest. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can walk straight into the arms of our Father.”
Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we don’t have to knock on God’s door. We don’t have to cower in fear outside of it or get all the ritual sacrifices correct to spend a few minutes in His holy presence. The Bible says Christ became our High Priest and made all of that ritual irrelevant…and what’s MORE…God WANTS us to draw near to Him and spend time in His presence.
Does that not fill you with awe, wonder, and thankfulness? I know I can barely grasp how amazing that is, but I am still so grateful.
Family doesn’t knock, dear ones. And that doesn’t just mean those who live on Robertson Row. It means you, me, and all who have accepted Christ as Savior. So don’t worry about barging into the Throne Room today…in fact, I would urge you to do it OFTEN.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess…Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
Check out the rest of what Missy had to say at her blog.