July 16, 2014 by Nama
The past week has taken me to the heights of walking in clear direction from my Lord coupled with knowing His strength in taking the next step; followed by crumpling under the weight of my weakness, brokenness and the uncertainties that this world brings to my pilgrim’s progress.
The Christian way is different: harder, and easier. Christ says “Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want YOU. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked—the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours. C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity
My Lord and Saviour wants me, every fiber of me. When He sees me grasping “me”, my agenda, my good intentions more tightly than His Love and His plan for me He will lovingly allow “hard” to enter. When my Loving Father allows me to hurt, struggle and feel my fleshly weakness He is stripping away me that i might focus on His plan and depend on His strength.
For this reason I am ·happy [pleased; content] when I have weaknesses, insults, ·hard times [times of need], ·sufferings [persecutions], and ·all kinds of troubles [distress] ·for [for the sake of] Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 (EXB)
Just like my morning run, when it gets tough, i am building new levels of endurance. When i think i cannot lift the weight one more time that is when i am breaking down the old weak fiber allowing new strong fibers to grow. The next time i face this same challenge, i will be stronger, i will face new challenges with more of the new (Him in me) and less of the old, self-focused me.
A favorite worship song that takes me back to His Truth when circumstances get tough.
Post Script ?? Do you have any idea what tubing/ski pictures have to do with hard and easy?