And not just a tiny, "oh that scary" kinda scream... but a 2 minute long, earth shaking scream that will make people plug their ears. Its the way I am.
Think about your best friend, or your family members. You can usually tell how they are going to react in a situation because you know who they are.. you know what strikes them as funny, as sad, as stupid....
For those of you that have kids, you know that when you take them to school & you kiss them in front of all their friends, you're probably going to get a reaction of an eye-roll & a "Mooooommmmmmmm"
You also understand where some of the reactions come from. For instance, I have a friend who's mother passed away. I know the song that evokes memories of the time she was getting ready to leave this earth so when we hear that song, I know the reaction this will cause... his heart will break again...
You understand the person more...
But then, we're surprised when God doesnt answer our prayers how we want... when He does what He wants to do. "How dare you God!" is something we want to cry out... how ridiculous is that for us to say?... but we kinda do when we dont get our way....
What if we spent more time with God... in prayer... in His word... intentional time.... learning who He is, learning His ways. Then when God reacts - when God does exactly what His character is all about, then maybe we wouldnt be so surprised... or more so, so discouraged, or angry with God....
My husband is a shy person... I understand the back story of his life that makes him a shy person. I am NOT a shy person (are you surprised?) & I dont like that my husband is shy... but I understand it.. & I love him regardless.
God may do things sometimes we may not like, but if we know Him better, then maybe we'll understand it... and we love Him regardless....
"Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you wont be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply & honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, & you will begin to sense his grace." -Matthew 6:6
I like this and I need this. ThanksReplyDelete
Good stuff, Rebecca! I have been convicted lately about knowing about God but not knowing WHO He really is. There's a big difference.ReplyDelete
Preach it sista!!!!ReplyDelete
Love this :) You ALWAYS make me think!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful and thought-provoking message you've shared, once again! A big THANK YOU for it!ReplyDelete
Great and powerful post.. Have a great day.. Alyce is really happy to be a big Sister..ReplyDelete
Doesn't The Message Bible just rock your world? I really didn't think I'd like it at first, but man was I wrong!!
"...so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply & honestly as you can manage...." LOVE THAT!!!
My husband is also shy, and me?..well not so much. I used to be in school, because I was the ugly duckling and the one ALWAYS picked on in school. Yay it was pretty miserable at times, but you know me, let's make some yummy lemonade out of those lemons, and that is exactly what I'd do, because that is the way God made me.
I LOVE this post. I LOVE that you point our frustrations back to what we can do about them. Yes ma'am, get the Word out and get to know our Savior. That changes everything. It's all about perspective....His perspecive....and we need to have it.
WOW longest commentor ever now exiting your blog. Yep you struck a cord in me today girl. I hope this post makes some modicum of sense =)
I love ya girl,
Hahaha that should say "I hope this COMMENT makes some modicum of sense".... because your post made all kinds of sense.ReplyDelete
Still love ya =)
Ahhh the temptation to role play. I have that. I get that. I need to resist that.ReplyDelete
Today like always you hit home. Thank you.ReplyDelete