March 18, 2009

Finding Rest Within

The past two weeks have been ... difficult. I'm not exactly sure why certain things have been happening and also I have been struggling with other things I thought were behind me.

I stopped myself yesterday and sat myself down for a long, hard "talk." I was reading my Bible and taking notes. Interestingly, the verse that flung itself out at me was, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." (Romans 12:?)

Why do we find ourselves desiring something in our lives that is clearly not good for us?? Something that would even further hurt us and cause pain! That is my question. I still haven't found an answer. I don't exactly think there is one.

So my conclusion was to write down 25 good things in my life that God has given me. These are tangible expressions of God's love for me. Often, when we struggle with something inside, it clouds our vision so we can't see all the things outside us that point us in a different direction.

Also, "abhor what is evil, cling to what is good." Abhor is a strong word. Evil is the opposite of God. It is the opposite of good. It is the opposite of love. There is no other response to something like that apart from abhorrence!

When presented with evil, or others' bad choices that truly affect you, cling to what is good. GOD IS GOOD. All the time. When we struggle with something, it is because GOD wants us to struggle with it. He has a greater plan and purpose.

The woman God is making me is stronger, better and ultimately more useful to Him for going through this time in my life.

I know this sounds cliche but I'm going to say it anyway:

Today could very well be my last day on earth. Or yours. We cannot control the circumstances that face us today. But we can control the attitude (esp. the attitude of the heart) with which we face them. Do
I want to spend my "last day" sad or frustrated or depressed or (fill in the blank)? No way, Jose!

Have a JOYFUL Wednesday, all.



P.S. Just a praise! God provided a GORGEOUS new car for me so my sister could have my old one. It's a brilliant blue 2007 Honda Civic Si. Goodness. My DREAM car. 6-speed. iVTec engine. Even has my hoped for keyless entry (w/ 4-doors for all my passengers.) Oh my goodness. God is SO good.

It seems ridiculous to me I would ever allow myself to be caught up in any kind of pain over other things when God has so richly showered and filled my life with blessings.

Look around. I'll bet yours is full as well.

3 comments:

RunTX said...

Reminds me of the hymn count your blessings

Darrel said...

Isn't it nice how God supplies those neat little "gifts" just because He loves us?

Arny said...

Remember that the greatest gift is Christ himself! I don't know if you know John Piper, but i would recomend his writings. "Desiring God" and "Don't waste your life" have been life altering for me. "The Pleasures of God" have just stunned me beyond my understanding. He says that we Gloify God by Enjoying Him forever! It's not easy to Enjoy God. Its very easy to Enjoy his Gift's But it is very Difficult to Just Enjoy HIM.

"Why do we find ourselves desiring something in our lives that is clearly not good for us?? Something that would even further hurt us and cause pain! That is my question. I still haven't found an answer. I don't exactly think there is one."

You know I've really been thinking about this alot lately. I think that it's just our nature to want evil or sin. Like Paul says in Ephesians. We were children of Wrath and dead in our transgression! He even said to the romans, He knew there was nothing Good in him, but Christ!
So i think its just in our nature which the Holy Spirit is always at war with! It gets tiring I know. but we got jesus when he says come to me who are heavy laden and labored out, I will give you rest.