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The truth is I'm not exactly drowning anymore. If I was drowning, I'd blow off writing this post, and probably just aimlessly wander around my house, looking like I was cleaning it, but probably just moving dust bunnies from one side of the room to the other.
Instead, I've decided to clean this house. What better tool to weed out lies than God's Word? I started aimlessly picking through the Bible in what was, at first, a half-hearted attempt to find Truth. Because at least I got far enough out of the rapids to realize what I am feeling isn't Truth (and thank God for that).
My eyes fell upon this verse from Romans 8:19:
"For creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are."One day, friends, we will be free from death and decay. And I don't think that's limited to old-age, frailty, and grief. I think it's also a promised freedom from competition, inadequacy, and comparison.
How many of you need freedom from those things?
How many of you have a least one thorn in your side you wished with all your might you could pluck out for ever?
How many of you could deal without having grief, decay, and a slowly decomposing body (right now, I'm lamenting my running out of natural hair color)?
Today, I've been giving into the lure of comparison. I've been calling myself names like inadequate, underserving, not-quite-good-enough. I could blame the enemy, the father of lies, but you know, there is someone else to blame.
I've let him back me in a corner. I've let him point this finger at me. I've been the one looking at the stats, reading the Facebook and Twitter feeds, measuring success. I'm the one that have accepting my feelings as Truth.
That's all me.
Because God has equipped me. He's done His job. He's laid out my armor every day since the beginning of time, just as I used to lay out clothes for my children. But I've decided today that it wasn't really that cold or harsh outside so I'd just skip the extra covering.
Wrong choice, Jen. It's when we think we'll be fine on our own that God gets the life preservers ready to throw. It's going to be a rough ride. How easily our human nature loses hope. How easily our sin causes us to covet and measure and scale. How easy it is for us to be lured into trap after trap. We are all vulnerable unless we choose not to be. Unless we choose God's Word over our feelings, over our perception, over worldly standards.
I'm ready for the day when God would reveal who His children really are -- when we are free from the way the world sees us, when we are running unecumbered the race He has set out for us, when we spend not one day lamenting what we do not have.
I'm wondering if part of verse 19 is actually available to us now. No, we will not be able to escape the growing older and the decaying of our physical bodies, but I do believe that we can begin to know on this earth who we really are, who God designed for us to be. And I mean not just giving lip-serivce, but believing with our whole entire hearts, sisters, that He has designed good things for us and in us, even if they don't look that spectacular through the eyes of the world.
But who cares what the world thinks. It's not like it's God, even though it might think it is. Even though we might ourselves give it that stature.
Today, right now, I'm repenting of having wandering eyes that tend to fixate on glittery success. Repenting is stopping my journey down one road, turning around, and heading in the opposite direction. And so now, all that is in my vision is the face of Jesus.
And I am running.
T.R.U.S.T. Question: What are your traps that lure you away from believing God's Truth about you?
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