LOVE MAKES IT EASY. And God is love. And God puts the pieces back together, and holds them together forever.
*Note: I started writing this last year, and am just now finishing and publishing it! My family and I came back today from an unexpected road trip we had to take so I was behind with posting, but still wanted to share a blessing with you 🙂 Just reading this old draft has greatly blessed me, and I pray it’s a blessing to you! #bestrong *
I’ve realized something.
…Being strong is NOT easy…
And I mean like REALLY strong. Like, when life gets really tough — when all of the odds seem to be against you and darkness strives for the mastery of your soul – it’s easier to just flop, roll up in bed, cry and try to hide from your problems under the covers, than to bravely face your issues and foreboding circumstances right in the face. It’s easier to do that than to genuinely lovingly treat the one who hurt you so much or than to do something that you just really don’t feel like doing or that you think isn’t fair. Wouldn’t you say so? I mean to set your feelings of discouragement, sadness, hurt, pain and disappointment totally aside, and to praise and cheerfully and humbly go along, forgetting self instead when you can’t even see the light? This is not natural to our carnal, sinful, far-from God nature…no, not at all.
Like I said…it’s easier to roll up in bed, into a ball and try to hide and walk away from it all. I mean why deal with the pain when you can avoid it right? But the world is still out there. Your problems are still out there. And wounds don’t heal well if you don’t pay attention to them, (ad)dress them, clean them and make sure they get their proper care until they completely heal and disappear, right? So what about our spiritual and emotional wounds?
But now I’ve realized something. Well, God has been teaching me this for a looooonnnnnnnngggggg…..*breathes for air* loooooooooooonnnnnnnggggg….. time ;-).
Being strong isn’t easy when the love of God hasn’t become our total strength – when God’s love through the gift of His Son, hasn’t become enough to free us from all sin, guilt, shame, pain, hurt.
Ouch. So you mean to tell me Jesus really wasn’t my all when I was so depressed and down…when I felt “helpless”? I didn’t love and trust Him enough?! I’ve always “loved” God! No WAY!….Well…YES way. Humility check, BIG time.
Many times, I have NOT loved Jesus enough. He was NOT my everything. 🙁
For surely when Jesus becomes all the world to us, He makes us glad when we are sad. He is the Sun that shines light in the dark places of our life reminding us that our Father is in control, loves us, wants to heal us, and is working all thing together for the good of His children. And in turn we choose joy. We choose peace, for a life in Christ is a life of restfulness and calm trust. When we really believe that God loves us, we will no longer fret…we will no longer despond and deflate because of all of our trials and pains, because His love is sooo massive, that it heals all and brings uninterruptible joy. When a childlike faith is not in your heart, you doubt that your Heavenly Father loves you enough to work all things together for your good and holds and keeps your heart if you’ll let Him.
But “love makes it EASY”. Will it be a struggle? Yes. Even Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, had to face trying circumstances, but His love for His Father and His unwavering faith and trust in Him, made it “easy”…it made His burden light.
You know what? His love for us played a role in that too. He suffered and determined to conquer Satan and sin’s power by paying the price for all of our sins, that we may have the opportunity to be reconciled to our God forever.
So do we love Jesus enough to take up our cross and cheerfully follow Him on this narrow road to heaven? To not murmur and complain and start the “woe is me” speech again? Oh sure – you may have some truly heavy burdens and hard trials – we all do I believe at some time or another (especially if we are choosing to follow Christ), and trust me, Jesus has so much compassion for us when we do. I have been through some hard times and dark valleys, and I have appreciated the compassion and understanding of my Heavenly Father that I theoretically knew He had for me. But He was still sweetly calling me to give those heavy trials entirely to Him, and to let Him beenough.
So keep growing closer to God. The more you realize He really does love you, and the more you grow to love and trust Him, you will truly be able to choose joy and to choose strength in Christ to be strong.
Oh how I want that love. His love has been making everything so much easier in my life along this journey (and by that I mean easier to bear)! What a peace is mine…what a peace may be all of ours! May you be encouraged by the following wise words as I have been!
“But when we really believe that God loves us and means to do us good we shall cease to worry about the future. We shall trust God as a child trusts a loving parent. Then our troubles and torments will disappear, for our will is swallowed up in the will of God…
…One day alone is ours, and during this day we are to live for God. For this one day we are to place in the hand of Christ, in solemn service, all our purposes and plans, casting all our care upon Him, for He careth for us. “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” “In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 30:15…
…If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke of Christ,—the yoke of obedience and service,—all your murmurings will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved.”
–Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, page 101 –
So let me restate that.
I’ve realized something:
Being strong is not easy, when our eyes and hearts aren’t set on Christ. Being strong isn’t easy when we are broken, and we haven’t allowed Christ to make us whole in Him. Being strong isn’t easy when the joy of The Lord hasn’t become our strength. Being strong isn’t easy when we don’t realize how much God loves us and cares for us, and when we don’t trust Him with our entire hearts and lives.
Love makes it easy. God is love. And God puts the pieces back together, and holds them together forever.
Being strong is easy, when our strength is Jesus Christ and His unchangeable and faithful love. 😉
Be strong in Christ friends!