Have you ever really thought about what life would be like if you were firmly entrenched in the palm of God's hand?? As followers of Jesus, I sometimes think we flirt with this idea, but implementing this type of strategy in our lives is easier said than done.
Living according to the freedom and movement of God's will demands a willingness and level of trust that go way beyond what we are capable in our own humanness. I know this to be true cause I've been living this way in my own life over the last couple of years. I am not perfect...far from it. There are times when I make decisions that really disappoint even myself. But what I am learning more and more is to be willing to move to the rhythm of God's grace on a daily basis. This journey has led me to walk away from the only ministry I've ever known, it's taken me to Florida to pick up my son, and it challenges me to think beyond myself and my own needs and desires.
Walking life according to God's rhythm and design is the only true way to live, but it's a life that isn't easy. Look at what Jesus wrestled with in the Garden of Gethsemane. He agonized over having to die on the cross for the sins of the world and rise again 3 days later. It troubled Him so much that he ended up sweating blood...that doesn't seem like life to the easy, does it?
Somehow we get this idea in our heads that if we follow Jesus, obedience is easy. The truth is that it's not...it's hard, and I think that it gets harder. But each decision we make gives us the experience, hope and foundation to make another decision down the line that will lead you further into the palm of God's hand.
Think about it...what do you need to begin doing to rest in the middle of the Creator's hand?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Palm of God's Hand
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