Discovering what love is one day at a time
When my oldest son was about three or four years old, one of his coined phrases was, “it’s too hard.” He would use this when it was time to clear the table, or help make his bed. He also would use it when he was completely exhausted and had nothing else left to give. Sometimes I catch myself having the same attitude when faced with circumstances beyond my control…Can you relate?
It is fun to see all the different abilities and gifts that God has given His children. To see the places that people excel, each having their own unique talents and abilities and all are so different. In my own life it is fun to serve in the areas that I excel at. (Where it is a piece of cake for me.) Those are my places of strength, but there are other places that I have to push myself to go forward; places where I do not think I will be able to handle it. Places that things have the potential to self-combust…or just go bad. You know what I am talking about here, a place where you feel all alone, out on a limb…vulnerable…not knowing what to do next. Places that there is not a guaranteed positive outcome. Places that I feel that I do not have what it takes.
The truth is…without Christ…I do not have what it takes. But in Christ, I have everything I need.
In Him we live and move and have our being. In weakness, I am strong. If I am in control of the situation…really I am out of control…not abiding in Him. Abiding is surrendering all to the One who has it all in His hands. He lacks NOTHING.
It is in the situation of when I want to take over and control my environment, (protect my self from failing… (not even attempt to walk through it)that I have to stop and wait on Him, listen for the loving voice of my heavenly Father, acknowledge the fact that the situation I am now encountering is not my idea of a good time, but that I can rejoice for the fact that growth is coming for me. Change for the better is on the other side. Strength of the Lord is going to move me through this situation if I will allow it. Part of God that I have never experienced, is being offered to me… (Is it really wise for me to avoid it? Why would I want to?) It is time to acknowledge that place that you know you have nothing to give to get to the other side. Rejoice in the weakness!! Celebrate Him and boast in the weakness.
How much more is out there for us, if we stop making up all the rules for our life and excuses of why we will not move forward when He calls us to? I cannot do this because…I am sure I would not like that because…There is no way I can do that! If we live and move and have our being in Him…and He brings us to a circumstance we do not like…is it the right choice to avoid pain and suffering? Certainly I am not saying if there is a man with a sledgehammer hitting people over the head you should bow down to be hit…but I am saying there are circumstances that the Lord brings us to in order to grow us, establish us, and deepen our root system. In my own experience…getting to the other side means I get to take a look at wrong attitudes, wrong thinking, and replace them with His.
There are circumstances that we have no ability for. No strength to move forward with. And this is the most wonderful thing…He is there. He is always there ready and able. His arm is not shortened; He lives to make intercession for us. He wants us to get to the other side; He wants us to get deeper revelation of His goodness. He wants us to experience His strength. He wants us to walk in deep relationship with Him. We have to walk by faith and not by sight. No matter the circumstance, no matter your ability or inability. He is able. Nothing is too hard for Him.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have two young men ages 18 and 13.. This blog is somewhat of a journal and attempt for me to keep a purposeful perspective on life as a whole.