|Your eyes have seen my unformed substance, and in your book|
were written the days that were ordained for me,
when as yet there was not one of them.
These past few weeks I have been reading and studying the book of Jonah. It is 4 chapters packed with so many nuggets of truth about God's character and how we are still pursued and drawn back to God for His purpose. Here is just a little of what God is teaching me.
We can plan our lives out and think we are in control of everything until life throws us the unexpected or God asks us to do something we are not comfortable with doing or going. Priscilla Shirer calls it 'life interruptions'. Whatever you want to call it, they can throw you for a tail spin if you can't see what the future holds. That unknown is scary and uncomfortable. See, I like to be comfortable and in control all the things in my life. When I can't control everything, where do I turn? Our rebellious hearts can lead us away from the presence of God where we no longer hear His voice to convict us of disobedience. Like Jonah we can go a long distance on our own and that sin can take us farther than we thought, longer than we expected, and cost more energy than desired. All because we are running from God. Jonah heard what God told him but ran away.
Don't we realize God already knows where we are and we are breaking His heart by disobeying Him. I am thankful for His faithfulness to still pursue us even while we are running away. As His children we are asking for discipline, right? Jonah was swallowed up by the fish and stayed there 3 days and 3 nights. We can fall so hard into the pit we put ourselves inside of and stay there for a spell until we realize what we have done and cry out to our God who saves. I tell you this because I have been the one running before. You can be a church going, Jesus girl and still be a Jonah, running from God. You see going through the motions of being a believer such as church going, fellowship dinners, and working in the church is all good but it's the intimate relationship Our Savior seeks from us. Our hearts are disobeying God if it isn't bent toward Him. This can be emotionally running away where no one else sees or outwardly running away. Are you running girl?
We can either surrender everything to the One who can save us or hold on with a tight grip and be in constant worry, turmoil and pain. Jesus wants you to lean into Him with the heavy and hard stuff.
As a believer, His Spirit lives inside you! His Words are life!
There with Jesus is where intimacy, true peace and rest will come. The hope in His arms is where hope for your weary soul is found. It is not just in life's interruptions that Christ wants our yielded submission but everyday with open hearts and and hands to go where He leads and share the story He is writing for you and me for His glory!
Let God be the main character of our life!
Our story is our testimony to the world of His unconditional, gracious love and mercy.
"Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. " Luke 11:28
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Grace to you my friend-