Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Teens aren't the only Rebels

I always considered myself to be "the good girl."

When I was younger, I didn't do drugs or smoke or sneak out my window at night.  I made good grades.  I didn't sleep with anyone on a whim.  In fact, I waited for my husband.  I had "good girl" friends, participated in church and Bible study, and spent (most of) my money wisely.

But when I read Isaiah 30, I see that I have been a rebel all along, just not in the way the world would deem me so.
"'What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,' says the LORD. 'You make plans that are contrary to mine.  You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.'" (verse 1)

Let me tell you, I have made plans contrary to God's.  I've made plans without consulting God.  I have tried to gather people and things for protection, for success, for security that God never asked me to touch.  I've controlled.  I've schemed.  I've dreamed of my own glory.

I did all this because I was afraid. Because I was insecure.  Because I didn't understand the purpose of my life.  Much like the Israelites.  You see, the Assyrians were threatening to run them out of town, to destroy their community, and take over their land.  But instead of turning to God for help, they turned to Egypt, a country that was waning in power. But for some reason, the Israelites still sought them out for refuge and relief.

Sometimes we do stupid things, don't we?

I'm writing for The Whatever Girls today.  Want to continue reading?  Click here.  Comments closed here so we can have a conversation over there.
(Food addiction series will continue next week).  Want to catch up on that series?
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