Monday, May 5, 2008

...it's all about letting go...


a comment left for me about part of my last post...
has me "thinking"...
[this CAN lead to trouble...
let's see if I can "avoid" it....]

the comment was regarding "Gods' will"...
and how it is hard to believe...
that all the bad and painful things
that happen to us...
are the will of a loving God for us...

perhaps this is "thinking outside the box"...
but I don't believe that those bad things are His will...
I believe that they are our will...
and the consequences of our actions...
by doing it, "our way"...

I don't mean this in a pejorative way...
but rather, that a lifetime of seemingly insignificant choices...
made without any thought for His plan...
whether from indecision, indifference or ignorance...
often adds up to a path far different than He had planned...

this doesn't make us "bad people"...
just "human"...

allowing us the freedom to choose our way...
and then allowing us to deal with the results...
doesn't make Him "uncaring or unloving"...
it makes Him... God...

when you tell your child NOT to touch the hot stove...
out of love and concern for his safety and well being...
and he willfully or carelessly touches it anyway...
all you can do is to treat the burn ...
and comfort the child in his pain...

but what if the child doesn't run to you...
rather, away from you, in his pain...
allowing the burn to fester ...
and need even more medical treatment...

or if the child... angry that you "allowed" him to be burned...
even though you told him NOT to touch the hot stove...
turns even farther away...
buries himself in his pain and anger...
refusing treatment... causing gangrene to set in...
and ultimately, looses a limb... or even his life...

all because of willful disobedience or carelessness...
not following your plan for him...

just imagine then, how God must feel...
when we ignore His way and choose our own...
causing ourselves, and Him, much pain in the process...



God's plan will include correction and training...
not always pleasant or easy... but necessary...
the fruits of the spirit are "watered with tears"...
and His plan always produces much fruit...

however... when we choose to do things that are NOT good for us...
He always honors our decision... and lets us go...
to do it, "our way"...
and then... to suffer the consequences
of NOT being in His will for us...

as we grow closer to Him...
our missteps become clearer to us...
and how all the "little things" we do...
that are not in His plan...
tangle and conspire together, to cause us pain...

we are free to make our choices...
but we must live with the results...

sometimes... we have "assistance" going astray...
and give in to temptations... [the enemy can be very stealthy...]

sometimes... we "rationalize"... [what could it hurt...? ]

sometimes... we don't listen to instructions... or guidance...
or warnings...

sometimes... we are just willful and stubborn sons of Adam...
and daughters of Eve...
we want, what we want...
and we want it NOW... !

so... it has been my experience ...
that all the aggravation we suffer...
and the problems that cause us pain...
are the result of "a departure from Gods' plan for us"...

we must live with the results of our choices...
but He has promised that...
"all things work together for good...
for those who love the Lord..."

He will help us to work through our mistakes...
He will heal our brokenness...
He will put us back on His path...

IF... WE LET HIM...

it is always our choice...
moment by moment...
we can have miracles...
we only have to ask... and obey...

may He continue to shower me with His wisdom...
to know His will in my life...
and the grace and trust to "let" Him
transform me into who He wants me to be...

God is so good !

1 comment:

us300 said...

AMEN!