Thursday, January 30, 2014

Insecurities Eclipsed by Mercy

Take me out of the darkness, O Lord. I will rest in Your embrace when my legs can't carry me any further.

I've been spending so much of my time and energy trying to be worth it. Trying to be something beautiful in my own eyes. But that's just it -- my beauty is not in the external, and I cannot earn my worth. That comes from Christ. can't do anything on my own. I am not perfect. Only Jesus is perfect. And by trying to carry things on my own, by trying to be "good enough" I am totally missing the point of grace: God made me, bought me, and has lavished me in His love and freedom. This is who I am.
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. - Romans 6:18

Lord willing, I will be making my home in the woods soon, sitting on that old familiar dock and getting re-inspired. I always have my best conversations with Christ there. I thank the Lord that He has let me absorb His wonderful beauty. The gorgeousness of the forest fills me with joy. The thing about the cedar trees is they do not worry about their appearances. God made them cedar trees, and they are content with that. They don't want to be oaks or maples or pines -- they only want to be what He created them to be. And I can take pride and joy in who I am as well -- because He created me this way. Booyah! I do not have to run this race alone. I am free. I am no longer burdened by the chains of this world. I don't have to be perfect. Christ will carry me. Run to the Word. Know Truth, the Word of God. Amen!

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