Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Walking under an umbrella

Jer 6:16 This is what the LORD says:
"Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'

There was an incident in my life that I guess it’s almost two weeks ago now, someone decided that it “didn’t look right”. It doesn’t look right? Well, let me tell you a thing or two… The times in my life that I did the most sinning were the times when things looked the best to everyone else. If you would have met me in those times you would have said “wow she has it all together” all the while, I was far from having it all together. As Beth Moore said “if I told you the stories, you wouldn’t need a perm for 6 months”. It’s true. I wasn’t living a life that God honoring, and I’m blessed there is/was grace because it was bad.

Now, I have an open door life, I might not invite you in, but if you come walking in, you’ll see it all. I don’t hide what I do. Because I don’t need to. I have things I still struggle with, and when I do, I reach out to someone I know who can help me with through it, and keep me accountable. Everyone has their own way of getting through it, and that’s my way.

I think of the way I lived before, still covered by a blanket grace that I don't always understand. Now I’m thankful for it, I climb right under it, waiting for the storm that I’ve created to pass. I think about the way I lived before, like walking out in a downpour without an umbrella. Now I walk under the umbrella of God. I let His way be my way. It’s not always easy, but it’s easier than hiding and keeping secrets.

I’ve learned this after trying it too long on my own, crawling on my knees to the feet of the Lord… that walking under the Lord’s umbrella, following His ways whether I completely understand them or not, is completely the way to go. I’ve learned that His plan is better than my own.

Matthew 11:25-28 25At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
27"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."


liv319 said...

Whoever thinks "It doesnt look right" should turn their eyes to Christ and off their neighbor. I like your transparent policy! There is nothing I dislike more than someone who has nothing better to do than point out the "Spec" in everyone elses eye when there is a PLANK coming out of their own.
:) Thank you Jesus for your subtle sarcasm.

Jada's Gigi said...

I think of the verse "to the pure all things are pure" and it is so true. When your life is open before the Lord..things that may appear strange or "don't look right" to others are open to Him...if your heart is pure and you don't stumble another..its all good.