Thursday, May 17, 2012

Stay Rooted

This life has a way of bringing on pain that a lot of time can catch us so off guard.  When spiritual attacks are flown in from left field, I admit, my initial reaction is to bail.  Running from the problem so I can never see it again or feel the pain again is what I want.  This is where I am.  As I cling to remain rooted near the river in the face of pain and heartache, the question of authenticity for so many other circumstances/situations/statements begin to surface.  The “whys” roll in with their best friends “what ifs” and “how coulds.”

Yet, every questionable act that led to this pain, for me, confirms even more the truth I know that never changes.  I know that ALL things work together for good for those that love God.  I know that my present pain and suffering cannot even compare to the glory that shall be revealed in me.  I know that when fleeing is desirable, truth says “But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge, I will tell all of your deeds.”

So, as I endure, persevere, and remember truth, I cannot abandon obedience.  I cannot allow myself to stray from that which is true in an effort to alleviate the burdens life throws at me.  Even I can publicly admit that fleeing sounds easier.  That being said, such admission is born in the flesh.  I know deep within my soul that while temporarily it may seem true, God has bigger plans for me.  Jeopardizing my destiny isn’t an option for me. 

And here I remain… Rooted yet attacked, nourished yet broken, satisfied yet suffering.  As I pray and cry out to God, Galatians 6:9 surfaces.


Have you ever felt like the wrong thing was a better idea? Have you ever felt like giving into disobedience when you know deep down it's wrong? Have you ever been put in the position to flee or remain rooted?

 
 
 
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8 comments:

  1. Every day for the next 6 weeks that will be the case.this whole week I've wanted nothing more than for this whole process to be over! I even dreamt about it last night. I fear for the outcome and that I'm not doing all I need to. There are days all the time I just want to walk away and.avoid the painful process this is and the possibility of an extremely painful outcome.

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    1. Melissa, have faith that no matter what the outcome is after the next 6 weeks, God will never leave your side! Listen to His voice along the way, be obedient...if you are doing that, you are doing all you need to be doing. When you feel like walking away, read Galations 6:9! And don't ever forget that the "proper" time is God's time, not ours!

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  2. Yes. Until recently when God said (in so many words): "No, kiddo. You're going to stop running away from now on."

    Helped me a lot to be obedient when I knew exactly what He wanted me to be obedient about. :-D

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    1. Sooo been there. God's tender nudges to prevent us from destruction may not always be the easiest thing to execute, but the reward is greater than we can imagine. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, as it is so relatable. God bless you Misha!

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  3. What a great verse. It's so true. God holds us in the midst of it all! Stay strong, sister.

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    1. Thank you Brittany! He holds us and is our strength. :) Thanks for stopping by and hosting the link up!

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  4. Yes to all three questions! I think obedience is a daily struggle for me. The older I get, the more I recognize that I have so strength of my own. It's only through God alone that I accomplish anything! Some days, I'm just weary of the battle. :-( But it helps to just refocus my outlook and be grateful for what I have, what I CAN do. Gratitude is key, I think. It helps keep things in perspective.

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  5. I meant 'NO' strength of my own!

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