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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mind the Gap

For the Christian there is always a gap, a disparity between who we are now and the unique person Father God has made us to be. There's a gap between what God has made possible and how we actually behave. But He longs for us to enter in and is committed to closing that Gap, as we walk with Him.

Following Jesus is the simplest thing we can do, but it's not easy and I begin to wonder when someone tells me otherwise. For some, their journey appears to be smooth and effortless, some get diverted and opt for the status quo, but others find at times they are treading a hard rocky path. I fit more readily into the latter category, so it's no surprise that I feel for such people and often write with them in mind.

Dealing with events or situations that God has allowed to help us grow and move us on, can be a blood-sweat-and-tears struggle. So it's helpful to share with others something of our walk, including the difficulties and vulnerabilities we experience along the way. I have found when someone has dared to be real like this, it's like a breath of fresh air. There's a connecting and identifying and a realisation that humanly ‘I'm not alone in this’ or 'I'm not abnormal!' This is why I try to write honestly and personally, but at the same time looking to Jesus.

I can look back rejoicing that God has always brought me through the trials, often in amazing ways. At the time I felt the devastation, helplessness and desperation, but giving up was never an option, it was unthinkable. It was God who did it, but now and again He used others to encourage just when needed. Then there were the others -.

At a time when I had been diagnosed with a chronic illness and my world seemed to be falling apart, I met someone with a terminal illness. He said that as soon as he was told he immediately surrendered it all to God and that was it. I was impressed, but it didn't help me. I needed to hear something of the process he went through to get to that point. Another Christian slapped me on the back and said, ‘count it all joy’ brother. Biblical truth, but there was no ‘connecting’ or identifying and it left me thinking that he couldn't cope with the situation and had to keep his distance.

I heard a ‘testimony’ from someone going through divorce proceedings, who announced that he had the victory in it, God was in control and he was at peace. His quivering lips showed me that was his hope, but it wasn't yet true in his experience. It would have been more helpful - and he would have carried more listeners with him - if he had dared take the risk to say where he was really at. It’s not a lack of faith to admit our weakness.

I'm still learning.

"Blessed are they who know their need of God, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3 (my paraphrase)

6 comments :

  1. Tammy Sandidge said...

    This post is breath of fresh air. One of my desires is to be free to be real and give others that freedom too. My prayer is that in "the church" we could create a safe place to snuggle in the struggle with each other as we grow. Thanks for bringing these thoughts to light. I am only one, but I am trying to create these safe places with the ones I have influence. It is a battle because the need for self protection is so strong in us humans and vulnerability is a scary proposition.

  2. Ruth said...

    Thank you for this!

  3. mybibledevotional.com said...

    "It’s not a lack of faith to admit our weakness."Amen! Amen! In fact I think I can say that without weakness their is little need for faith.

    I am reminded of one of my favorite Philip Yancey quotes.

    "...imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks."peace & grace,
    brad

  4. wayfarerjon said...

    I couldn't agree more Brad. I think some men in particular have a problem with this: we have a 'weakness' in finding it difficult to admit to our weakness!

  5. Tamela's Place said...

    I am still learning as well. We are all works in progress, learning as we go but always learning and growing in the Lord. It seems the more we learn the deeper the Lord gets, i guess this is what it means when the deep calls to the deep. I know that when i have gone through some trying times no one could really give me answers that would bring me total peace and understanding. It was only in prayer and drawing closer to the Lord that understanding would come and sometimes there would still be no understanding but only peace that would sweep over me as if the Lord was saying my grace is sufficient and never give up your hope in me.

    Tamela :)

  6. wayfarerjon said...

    Many thanks Tamela. Yes, 'deep calls to deep' I like that. I belive God will use whatever is appropriate to draw us closer to Him.