Tuesday, September 22, 2009

CHOOSE






Losing weight and being healthy is hard.
Being overweight and unhealthy is hard.
CHOOSE your hard.

A good marriage is hard. Being selfless, laying down your rights, walking in love is hard.
Divorce, and walking away from your vows is hard.
CHOOSE your hard.

Forgiveness, and bearing the pain is hard. Choosing the road of forgiveness is probably the hardest road of all.
Bitterness, and carrying the weight of anger and resentment is hard.
CHOOSE your hard.


and finally.....

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now CHOOSE life........
(Deuteronomy 30:19)


The more God unpacks this for me, the more I realized how twisted my view of my heavenly Father has become. Life is hard people! God never said my life would be easy, and He never said He would protect me from pain and hardship, infact, He said just the opposite. But He did say I would never walk it alone, and through His Son, I can do all things, in His strength, and His alone.


I don't believe my God to be sitting in heaven, shaking his head as I fail, rolling His eyes as I get back up again, and critically watching me try again wondering, will she actually do it right this time?


Obviously, I would'nt consciously believe our God to be this way, but through times in my life where those I trusted have stepped out when I needed them, or who have given up on me and written me off as a lost cause, I've often wondered if God would do the same, if I messed up just enough times.


When I would read verses like this one in Deuteronomy, my condemned heart would hear judgement and dissapointment. Like a frustrated parent, throwing their hands up saying, come on! Look! There's death, there's life. Duh! It's not complicated! Choose life already! Why would you choose death? That would be dumb!


But how would a heart that is deeply loved read that?


I've set before blessings and curses, death and life, because I know there will be hard times. I know there will be times where you'll want to take control of your own life, I know this, because I made you! I know there will be times where it seems there is no hope, no point, and in your pain, you will choose death, not because you're stupid, because you're in pain, and your gripping at anything you can to make it stop. In Me my child, is life. In Me my dear child, is life! Choose life. Not because you have to. Not because if you don't, I'll wash my hands of you. Not because you must, but because you CAN. In Me, you CAN!


Not you must, but you can.....


In Him, we CAN choose. Not because of anything in us, but because of everything in Him. This is not God beating us over the head with another command we fall short of, it's Him revealing Himself to His children, reminding us that in Him, we can.

As I wrestle through the pain, and the death I've clung to, He is still with me, waiting, whispering...... "you can choose." As I walk this road before me, He has not abandoned me, He walks it with me, waiting, whispering..... "you can choose."


I was sitting outside one afternoon with God, talking to Him. Feeling stuck in the pit of despair, I cried out, God, I don't know what to do! I don't know what to say!


In that moment, I felt the Lord hold me tight, and whisper, "That's ok. All you have to say is, okay."


I got up, faced my fear of not knowing what was on the other side, and said, okay...... I choose.




8 comments:

  1. I love you!
    Oh, and...the last pic should be your profile pic!

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  2. We should chat or msn some time soon!
    I love you. You have been through crap and are slowly coming out on the other side. Through that tough stuff you are hearing from your Father and having neat things revealed to you. You are a testimony and God is using your life my friend.
    I love that word "choose" and I needed to hear it today.

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  3. For lack of a better response (and a lack of time), I love it. So powerful.

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  4. really enjoy the tats. they look SO good on you two.

    thanks for sharing that. and reminding me that God never promised us rainbows and sunshine :) but He loves us and cares for us..... wow. what a concept.

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  5. you rock....
    that's all i have to say about that....
    your sis

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  6. haven't told you in a while...but I will now, I like you, you're an excellent writer, along with that sista of yours...really, the two of you ought to collaborate on the writing thing sometime. you guys are throwing flowers everywhere!

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  7. i think we learned from the best :D

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