Excitement! Isn’t that what it’s all about? Living “The Dream!” Actually learning from our mistakes, never questioning our faith in God? Ummmmm, NOPE.
I wish I had a picture of an ox or a donkey on my camera roll. Either of those symbolically stubborn creatures would suffice as perfect depictions of myself these past few days.
Instead, I’ll share a verse:
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Upon first glance, this verse made me cringe- I wondered how much more wallowing in my my troubles I could manage with this kind of divine encouragement! Lord, have Mercy on my soul!!! I don’t want to play in this muddy puddle of bitterness and sadness anymore…
The answer to that verse is: God. Many people step into church imaging magical trumpets are going to play and angels will swoop down and carry away all the troubles life brings. Then it’s smooooooth sailing from there- halo and all.
Not to say this doesn’t ever happen…exactly, anyway. We accept Jesus into our hearts- we have been saved- but the trumpets aren’t meant for this earth. The journey has only begun and it’s intense. It’s especially intense if you happen to be extraordinarily stubborn, dramatic and a dreamer, like me.
First-things-first: “the heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful…” This dark and deceitful heart needs to be an honest heart. This dark heart needs to talk with God and come to terms with these “chains” of the mind and allow God to take over.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
My prayer is for increased faith in my Father, who knows my stubborn heart. I know HE hears every thought in my mind. He knows my sadness and He knows my intense joy.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
God sent His Son, Jesus, to pave the perfect example for us to follow. We can’t follow in His example if we cling to our selfish and fearful ways.
I am personally on a leg of my journey where my perceptions are shifting. My sights are becoming more focused and zeroed-in on God’s Truths. With this shift, I’ve realized a huge part of my soul to be more than stubborn.
Faith and Trust: without them, life gets rediculous. You know what you’re supposed to do, however, it takes practice and repetition to establish the true acceptance of Allowing God to “run the show.” It takes prayer to God so He will aid in the release of the chains of this world so our minds are free.
As the Pastor preached last Sunday, “Following Jesus Is Intense!” …and oh, it is!
I Thank God for His Intensity! I look forward to completing this journey and finally getting to experience those brilliant trumpets I was promised! TODAY, I need to live in His Grace and give Him my trust.
A Beautiful [Momuntary] Wreck,