I lay in bed next to my tender boy… the one who wears his heart on his sleeve. He feels it unfair, but I whisper in his ear that his biggest struggle also has the potential to be his best gift.
Help him to see it for himself one day soon, Jesus.
His high emotions serve him so very well when all is well. But when life gets hard? Well, he’s still learning how to navigate those rough waters. For now, he just wishes that he didn’t feel so much. Care that much.
He wants to see himself as God sees him, but it’s not always that easy – even with the best of intentions and in all of the trying. I get it buddy… I really do. Fair and right and easy living aren’t generally things this world hands out in abundance, and I haven’t seen a silver platter circulating the masses recently.
Ever feel like it would just be easier to run away from it all?
It starts out sounding like the best option – sometimes the only option. Only when we run, the hard still lingers within us. On this earth, no one escapes hard buddy.
But hard has the most amazing potential when Jesus enters the picture…
“Everyone is running somewhere,” I tell him. “But what you believe about God will determine where you run.”
May my cry come before YOU, oh Lord…
give me understanding according to Your Word.
May my supplication come before YOU;
deliver me according to Your promise.
~ Psalm 119: 169-170
Doubt, fear, and shame tell us to run and hide. They tell us it would be way easier to stay in bed, to ignore that phone call, to throw our very own patented version of a temper tantrum and just plain refuse to show up.
But hard can also drive us to the cross.
Maybe hard has way more than just potential. Because of Jesus, what if hard suddenly became our greatest gift?
Hard strips away built up pride and can lead us to a place of humility.
Hard crushes illusions of self-sufficiency and can push us to seek for a solution beyond ourselves.
Hard uncovers calloused hurts and shameful pasts and can awaken us to our need for forgiveness.
Hard exposes our deepest sins and can bring us to our knees in repentance.
Hard turns our eyes away from worthless things and can drive us straight to His Word…
… if we’ll let it.
The best time for new beginnings is now. You don’t have to run away any longer. Not because you’re suddenly stronger, but because you can run to the One who is.
Will the hard still come even after you lay it all down?
You betcha. But this time, you can turn the other direction and instead of running scared you can run in great confidence.
You can put on your brave face and embrace those waves, holding your head up high as you ride them straight into the arms of your Savior.
“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” ~ Spurgeon
God, your Word is a priceless treasure. Help us to run to it, for it’s there that we find YOU.
At His feet,
*LET’S TALK: Tell us what this Psalm 119 study has meant to YOU personally! We’d love to hear and celebrate what God has done through our time in His Word together…
Sad that our Psalm 119 study has come to an end? Don’t be! Grab some friends and plan to join us for our NEXT brand new LoveGodGreatly study in GALATIANS beginning September 7th. You won’t want to miss it!!