A CRPS Warrior, I fight each day in Christ to live happy and free in arms of the man He gave me. I dare not ask as I leap into God's arms as I learn my place between the Beginning and End of His Creation and find solace. Dare to do the same . . . trust Him, find your place within His Majestic Design, and you will discover how the Wild meets the Forgiven.
God's work is evident all around us. We see it in the mountains, the sky, the trees. When life is rocking along, we rejoice with the birds of the air and dance with the fireflies. But what happens when we're thrown a curve ball? When things don't go as expected? Do we cry and howl like the wolves? Or wait for the sun to rise and walk under it with joy?
In today's culture, the general response for any wrong done to humankind is to lash out at the perceived offense, whatever or whomever it may be . . . cast blame for any and all things and attack with any weapons at hand. Oh, and ask questions later. This may work in the short term, but what about the future?
What happens when we've alienated everyone because of assumed (or actual) slights? Will we walk completely and utterly alone? Will justification be our friend or triumph keep us warm at night?
God never promised an easy road. In fact, I would venture He indicated life on this planet would entail quite the opposite . . . whether you are a Christian or not. But if you do make the decision to follow Jesus, expect it to get worse, a lot worse.
And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." Luke 9:23
Mmm, doesn't sound like a bed of roses, does it? Last time I checked, denying oneself is sacrificial and hard work, and the cross means death. You do remember Jesus was crucified on the cross, right? That's what Christ is asking of all who believe in Him. Before we can truly become followers of Him, we must reject ourselves . . . what makes us behave, think, speak, the way we do . . . and die each day to our own selfish ways, and follow in the ways of the Lord.
Is this easy? Of course, not! If it was, the chickens could do it. But we don't have feathers. We are human beings - homo sapiens. In other words, we decide for ourselves what we will and will not do. And that's where the true battle lies. Not between nature and man, but between man and God.
Humans look upon this world, this universe, and all who see it can't deny it was made in the twinkling of an eye. We stand in awe at the stars, the sun, the constellations and catch our breath at the wonder of it all. Whether a scientist or farmer, nature fascinates the eye. But the trouble it dishes out also can bring the soul to its knee in a heartbeat.
Again, decisions must be made. Do we acknowledge the power of the Almighty? Do we lay this glorious work at His footsteps? Do we seek His strength to withstand trials and walk with Jesus? Or do we accuse Him of horrendous crimes? Lash out at Him for stealing joy or health and suffer alone? Deny His very existence?
In the end, God leaves all of these decisions to you. That's right! He doesn't make us believe anything. That's why He sent His Son, Jesus. He doesn't force Himself on an unwilling person. The choice will always be ours to make...the path ours to walk. But He also never promised it would be easy. However, He does make one outstanding gesture.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:17-18
What does this gesture mean? God has sent you a lifeline. He created this world and He's saving it through His Son, Jesus Christ. He loves you with all of His heart, and it's a very big heart.
Everyone has a path to walk in this life. Some people have rocky roads filled with pain. Others are smooth, paved highways with scarce a dip. Wherever they may lead and whatever they may entail, God knows and is willing to help. He's waiting with the strength, the knowledge, and the tenacity to get through the trials. But He also wants to rejoice with your triumphs. To sing, play, and laugh with you too! Let Him do it!
With the Lord, every step on the path of your life is an adventure, and one glorious day, our paths will merge on the streets of gold! Until then, walk your path with confidence . . . wherever it may lead.