Monday, June 25, 2012

How Can This Be?

I will be the first to admit that pain and sorrow and suffering are stinky, miserable and hard! Nobody likes to suffer. We would all much rather be happy on a warm beach somewhere letting someone else deal with our messed up lives. Well the warm beach part might just be me.

Ever have one of those days when you knew you shouldn't have sat down because then your mind would start to wonder? Yeah, well I knew I shouldn't have sat down but I did anyways and wouldn't you know it my mind led me to all the places I'd rather not go. I went to; Unfair-vil, then to, This is too Hard Place, after that I made a detour through, I Can't do This Valley. It was an exhausting journey! Who handed my shortsighted mind the keys anyways?

But there is a happy ending to this not so happy tail. You see I found myself, yet again, in a place of complete and total helplessness. That is a good thing when you have God on your side! Hebrews 13:5-6 says, "Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave  you or forsake you.' So we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, what can man do to me?" 

How good it is to be His child! How marvelous to know He knows all! How magnificent to give all my burdens unto Him who works all things for good to those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose! 

So I guess if I hadn't have sat down I never would have cried out to God and I would have missed the chance to be reassured in His Love for me. When all hope seems lost and faith is hard to muster, tell it to God in prayer. He can take even the smallest seed of faith and grow it into a mighty Oak tree able to weather any storm this life can hurl our way. 

Lord thank You for revealing Your love for me yet again! Thank You that I know I can trust You with my future! Lord help me to be content with such things as I have please. It seems so easy sometimes to give into despair but in the end that way is much more difficult to travel. I'd rather place all my faith in You God! 

P.S. ignore the weird angry guy in the video, seriously or you'll miss the words LOL!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Love Never Fails!

1 Corinthians 13 says "love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails."

Who can know this kind of love? I know I am not deserving! But if I want to be more Christ like this is the love I am called to. 1 Cor 13 also says "without love I am nothing", I don't want to be nothing. My problem is this kind of love takes courage and strength because it causes you to be compassionate and understanding in the face of pain and suffering. Loving is one of the hardest things in the world to do. There is so much at stake when we love. We open our hearts up and become vulnerable to more pain. I don't know of any relationship that hasn't had some kind of pain in the midst. Look at our loving father and His sacrificial love for us through His one and only Son. All other love pales in comparison.

Wanted:  A love that will help carry this heavy load and suffer many trials all while being kind. A love that will not seek anything for itself but always be willing to give more. Someone who will not think one bad thought ever and will not sin. A love that forgives time and time again! A person who will always be true and never lose faith enduring to the bitter end. A love that will not fail! Who could ever answer an add like that?

I wonder if we even realize as we search this life for love that there is no human being who can fill this need. Some people spend years and years going from one relationship to another searching for true love.  Others are content with imperfection and settle for less than what they originally set out to find, assuming love is just a fairy tail.  But what if you could have that kind of love? What if you stopped the search too soon? What if you were just looking in all the wrong places? What if the love that you so desperately desire doesn't look at all like you thought it would?