Friday, February 15, 2013
Wow! I thought of many titles for this particular blog:
"No Nudist Here", "Perfect Harmony", "Have Thy Way, Lord", "Calling the Shots", "Powerless".........
Today is about admitting our powerlessness....picture Mary being informed that she is to bear the Christ child. Not much room for argument there, eh? She didn't just jump up and down with joy.....in fact, I'm sure she had to be fearful but her response in Luke 1:38 WAS "Let this happen to me as you say."
You see, it's about our response. Will we let God have His way, or will we insist on getting our own way? Back in the Garden of Eden trying to get their way only left Adam and Eve naked and afraid. And that doesn't exactly fit my lifestyle.
Many years ago, in a different lifetime, I worked in a state hospital with the profoundly retarded. I remember asking the question, "What is God's purpose in allowing these people to exist?" His response? "In order that my power may be shown through their weakness".
The difference is, those that I worked with didn't have a choice of how they were born or how they existed. They had to rely upon others to care for them. We on the other hand have daily choices. No one else got me into the shape that I'm in but it was with every excuse, every extra bite, every bit of rebellion about "no one's going to tell me what to do"...that I got this way. It took me years to build myself up to where I am........but when I look back, I wish I were made of legos, so that I could be knocked down and I could start the building all over again. I think I would take a different route this time.
"I am a created being designed to walk in perfect harmony with my Creator." I like that.......but to walk in perfect harmony, I can't have things my way....I need to be in tune to His ways.
There is great joy in giving over control of our lives to a loving God. Last night as I did my excercises.....I kept saying aloud, "Lord, I surrender." I said it while doing the TNT and then I said it as I worked out beyond the expectations of the TNT.
"Father, thank you for your design. Thank you that I don't have to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders."
James 4:10 "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up."
The assignment portion is lengthy and will be in the next blog. I have some thinking to do before I can put it into words.