Have you ever had a moment when God put you in your place?
Yeah, I had one of those this morning.
I’ll be honest, I was throwing myself a little pity party after being aggressively reminded of how someone close to me had recently hurt me. The enemy was working haaaaaaard to rise up the hurting, confused feelings within me yet again.
Trying to fight it (but failing), I had this gut-honest thought, “What kind of sick person does that to someone who is walking through a desperate situation with their child, someone who is clearly already struggling to stay afloat?” (I told you it was raw; sorry, I’m human too)
Instantly following the escape of that thought, I heard God answer,
“Someone who is hurting, too.”
Okay, Lord… I heard that. I get it. Forgive me.
Aren’t we all walking through hard today?
Our nation, our world is in shambles.
There is no shortage of anger, fear, confusion, division. But there is an obvious shortage of forgiveness. Of love. Compassion. Empathy.
I don’t want to live in the bondage of my past… or of how others have hurt me… or of how I’ve hurt others… or in bondage, period.
We are forgiven. We are free.
Today, let’s be a people who offer that forgiveness and freedom to our neighbors. Those who disagree with us. Those who don’t look or act or think like us. World changers can’t be bound by these things. I don’t understand the actions of many. But you know what, it’s not for me to understand. It doesn’t take me understanding it all for me to attempt to change my world.
God called me to Love. Serve. Follow. Go. Give.
Yes, Lord, I will.
Forgive me for my unclean thoughts, Lord. Forgive me for my failures. May your praise be on my lips in all I do. May others see only You in me. Be my strength. Be the drive within me to better those and the world around me. Jesus, be ever so near.
Today, I will search, and I will find strength in His Truths.
This is what the Almighty Lord says:
I am going to lay a rock in Zion,
a rock that has been tested,
a precious cornerstone,
a solid foundation.
Whoever believes in him will not worry.
Isaiah 28:16 ESV
*NOTE: These words began as a Facebook post mere minutes ago. When God put me in my place this morning after my ugliness shone, I couldn’t shake it. I hadn’t planned to link up w/ my dear friend Suzie Eller today for #livefreeThursday, but as I posted the words onto Facebook, it became something different. Suzie is talking about our upside-down world today. My personal world has been upside down for months, one thing after another after another, crashing in on us. And it seems to be reflective of the world around us. I know that I am not alone in this. We are all hurting. We are all burdened. Jesus, be near. Visit the #livefreeThursday linkup today… it’s so powerful. And friends, change begins with US. You and me, and our sweet sweet Jesus.