Can life get any worse? I am sure it can. The poorest of the poor get hit with another earthquake, Christians lose their lives for holding to the testimony of the Lamb, sweet babies fall into the arms of Jesus too soon for us still left here on earth. But for me it this is a time of sweetness but as it goes down it becomes bitter and gives you an upset stomach.
The sweetness comes from hanging onto the cross , running into random Christians who fix your direct tv, having bible study with Monday night tribe and seeing God answer prayers; the bitter…..pain of a mothers broken heart. When your child , no matter the age, comes down with a disease it is life changing. When there is no cure and it comes with social stigma it is even worse. Making hard decisions that make you second guess your plan, your motives , what is best for all and still wishing you could fix it right now; it also makes you question what is the right path to treatment causing a deep deep groaning in your spirit and soul.
Knowing that Christ is interceding on my behalf and my familie’s life brings comfort. But if you asked me what life I would want to have I would choose this difficult one over and over again. I don’t think I could honestly say that in the past. When life is easy , when you don’t have trouble or struggle you never get to exercise faith. If things just go smooth according to your own dream plan you never need to pray or ask God the hard questions. You can just assume all is well and you are blessed because life is smooth.
Mine is not, never has been. It is a true path of struggle , pain, sin, shame, and one that must be lighted by the word of God. I have had a hard time living my own personal path when I keep comparing my life to others. I have known people who cruise through life , they are Christians for sure, but their path is not a curvy up and down steep mountain drop off a cliff kind of path. Theirs is a straight road with the wind blowing in their hair and laughter all the way home to Jesus. I used to be jealous. I used to want that life and wonder why God loves them more than me to bless them with such a families that never break down.
But I am set free from that. I have seen people suffer more than me and still love God. I believe God made me to live in this time and have these kids and this husband. My family needs each of us to stand in the gap for such a time as this. I now embrace where the Lord is taking me. I even know He uses my sin to foil the plans of the devil. I can’t out sin His grace and I don’t want to. I don’t want to covet a life that is not mine. I am not bored ( laughing at that word) and I am in deep pain but my God has a bigger plan. He sees from a far and knows what needs to be Knit together and then puts me where I need to be. So just when I thought peace was here we get hit with news of ours sons brain disease. I still have hope and love. I will borrow that phrase from my sweet and dear sister in Christ, Mary, who lost her son last week. HOPE AND LOVE. I want my life. I want this beautiful mess I want to walk where others fear to go, I want to shout at the enemy and watch him leave as I submit to God. I want to be a part of this unperfect family that I Love so much. We may not be smiling all the time, we may not even have a thing to smile or laugh about but we will anyway. So when you see us don’t judge , you don’t know what path God has for us. What He needs to do from past generations to move us forward with new generations. But I am finally free to let it go and carry on. Yes I am a beautiful mess, I may not look beautiful or act “Christian” enough for some but my love for Christ grows daily and my trust and faith in His plan is growing deep roots so I may weather this storm and those to come. When I am weak He is strong. So let me be weak , let my fragile family be weak for He has a plan and it is specific to us.
Peter was so concerned about what Jesus said about John that he had to be rebuked by Christ. Jesus said “what is it to you Peter if John doesn’t die?” ” you follow me and where I want you to go “. I wants this life that causes me to cling to faith as I ride along the side of a curvy steep path along the edge of a cliff because it is here that I can only trust my maker. I would never call on him along a straight easy smooth road , I would trust in myself and think “I got this”. So God , thanks for knowing me better, thank you for all the beautiful messes because I know that is how you are crafting me into the likeness of your son. I am humbled you still love me and I believe in miracles. Just thank you Lord. I surrender