And sometimes days just roll out disappointments.
We prepare and we pray, we pray and we prepare all for another no or not yet. Frustration boils to overflowing and we’re two seconds away from losing it all because I thought I was ready this time. So we step back into the arms of Grace and let Him give the perspective.
And a new year holds a variety of emotions. Some are joy-filled and others are plagued with the lonely. We each have our burden and in some ways, we’re all the same.
Three of my best friends and I just got back from a conference where Jesus did the loving and our hearts sat pried open. We needed a filling up and just anyone doing the pouring wouldn’t do. So we traveled nine hours from home to worship with other Jesus followers and just receive wholeheartedly from the pitcher of Heaven. Ephesians says He does immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. He sure is true to His Word.
Because sometimes we run on empty and the well is scrapped dry clean and all that’s left is an open heart needing the filling. Truth is a struggling Christian because Jesus never said life would be easy. So we run into disappointments and heartache, pain and frustration.
But our reality doesn’t exist there.
So what we might see is another barrier, or so it seems. Breaking comes and the heart that beats just underneath this skin starts to stretch beyond what I know, but I’m not reaching the end of me today.
Hardships do not define me, sonship does.
So I have time to discuss my citizenship in Heaven and I have hours to relish my place at the table of my Father. I refuse to make time to wallow in the defeat that tries to take me down. An assignment of the enemy releases not pain, but a revelation that I am a threat to the kingdom of darkness. I take heart, not lose heart, at such a truth.
Jesus called me out of darkness to stay out, not to meander back in. He has set me free! Light is a permanent thing.
And if computer screens would allow it, I think I’d reach right through to take you by the shoulders and remind you of who you really are. I’d just speak life over something you’ve deemed lifeless and whisper hope over what looks as hopeless.
I know one thing for sure: as another daughter of Heaven, I’d just refuse to let you be beaten up by another tactic of the enemy. My friend, our Jesus has done enough to handle what’s in front of you right now. His sacrifice, once and for all, covers this too.
So can we just take a breath right now and be straight up? Because yeah, we get bogged down sometimes and there’s days where God hears silence. Anger creeps up and frustration wraps ‘round and we just have no words because as Thumper says: If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. So we sit like defiant children across the room, refusing to acknowledge His Presence in the mess rather than running straight over and climbing on His lap.
The choice to walk in healing will always be ours; but we must be willing to approach the Healer.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:16-18
2016 will sweep through like any year past, but we can choose to approach this one carefully. Stepping closer to the Healer, we can look around and be amazed. Living from Heaven to earth (sonship) is so much more wonderful than living from earth to Heaven (hardship). And we have the beautiful opportunity to make this next year an open invitation to sonship for anyone we encounter.
As representatives of Heaven, each encounter with us is an encounter with Him.
So we leave hardship behind, okay? And it won’t make everything disappear, but we’re shifting the focus to live from Heaven. Heaven does not leak frustration, but faith; it does not dispense trial, but triumph; and it continues to saturate those who let it with the fervency of Jesus, our King. Bound by Love, we step around disappointment. Living from victory, we look up. Because grace does come like the rain for those who pray for it and peace is a gift unlimited.
We hold January tender now because so much can be poured in to one bundle of 365. My hope and prayer is that we can spend this next week praying as to what to pour in and what to keep out. Allowing Heaven to do the filling and stepping in to be the willing vessel, others are sure to notice our Presence-filled year.
And what a perfect opportunity it will be when they ask What happened? and we reply, Jesus.