As a teen I remember walking down Main Street. I was on a lunch break. I was suicidal with no place to go, with no help in sight. My thoughts were dark and my breathing was keeping rhythm with that darkness. In and out. Internally and externally, no way out.
A kid on a skateboard whizzed by. But for me it was like time stood still. It was his t-shirt I remember, not his face. A green t-shirt, possibly worn by a very good skate boarding angel? It read:
no guts, no glory
go for it
Looking back, I am sure it was my spirit that resonated with this message and it spoke to me in a deep place. It was a life changing day. It was a day when my spirit knew I was made for the glory and it was going to take a lot of guts for my soul to see that.
As Eugene Peterson so brilliantly coined, it was going to be a long obedience in the same direction. It would become a thousand little steps that would bring me to where I am today.
We are all on a journey. I cannot thank God enough for meeting me the way he did and for giving me such a plethora of amazing tools to help along the way.
I bless your journey as I do mine. Even if it full of pain and it is not exactly where you want to be.
It seems like eons ago now that I was given a nick-name by someone very dear to me. She called me, ‘lotus blossom.’ I loved the word picture ever since but even more precious was my discovery of it in Song of Songs 2:2 in the Message Version which says:
A lotus blossoming in a swamp of weeds—
In many ways that is a picture of my life. But hey, I am blossoming! I am growing inspite of the swamp I find myself in at times.
I want to tell you, there is treasure found in our messes. Treasure hidden in darkness that the enemy does not want us to find. But it is there. I have found many hidden gems amongst the rubble of a life that went terribly wrong.
I know of a God that puts things right. Who makes crooked paths straight and who makes a way where there is no way. Did you hear that?
He is doing it now, for you and for me. Do you believe that?
Whether it is behind the scenes or in full view, he is making a public spectacle of my enemy and yours. This is not in theory but a reality. It is my reality and I am privileged to partner with God in what he does best.
He came to undo the works of the devil. (training my hands
for war) 1 John 3:8
He came to reconcile us to the Father. (ambassador of
reconciliation for the sake of intimacy) 2 Corinthians 5:19
It will take guts for us to ‘go for it’, to ‘go and be dangerous.’ But the glory is worth it.
We who bear the weight of suffering will bear the weight of his glory!
Let there be no wasted pain for our journey ahead as we embrace the vision and the call he has given us.
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