But if you TURN.....
I have learned through many years of running around Bible-open-wide trying to convince people of what they are missing, that I don't have the power to change people. With what I thought was a "pure heart," I would set expectations far to high for any normal woman to achieve, even myself. I would play by all of the rules and truly desired for others to do the same, and made sure they noticed if they didn't. The energy I spent trying in my own power to change people exhausted me, and I am sure I made a mess of others in the process.
There is truly great freedom in recognizing that we CAN'T change people. THERE IS ALSO GREAT FREEDOM IN TRUSTING THAT HE CAN!
I met a woman the other day that was grieving and she was angry with God, and even said, "I am over hearing that good will come from this. I'm sick of "His plan!" I honestly don't believe there is a plan anymore."
I could see how much she needs Him, and I feel it in my bones, and the "old me" would have been up all night preparing a dissertation for the next day of why she should believe. But I drew back, and I prayed for her. I smiled at her, even touched her. I tell her I understand how she must feel with so much grief, and I seek His words of wisdom that may pierce her heart, because I know He CAN do that. I can't.
We, as women, are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, aren't we? I know how often I have heard through tears........
My children are lost in the world. My husband is not the spiritual leader I desire, and my marriage is falling far from Nicholas Sparks:) My sister or brother are falling to addictions. People I love are hurting and I want to fix it!
We all have someone we are praying for, and seeking desperately to change. And perhaps our actions have been the very thing that have prevented breakthrough in their lives??? Perhaps we have pushed them away rather than drawn them in?
I guess you can see that this idea of scandalous love is popular lately? That is because I see it working. There are so many people that are dying for a comforter or a provider or a healer, and their image of Him is so skewed that they run away from any form of "church" instead of to it. But you......Could your words of love... Your life of Love....Could your presence leaking His love be the very things that awakens something deep within and causes them to turn? And all we have to do is TURN?
But whenever anyone TURNS to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-19
And when we TURN, the Spirit begins to work in us. He promises......
I make all things new! Revelation 21:5
The gospel is the most amazing news I have ever heard. It's all about LOVE! Too good to be true! Who wouldn't want to partake if they beheld it's TRUTH? We should be on our face overwhelmed by GRACE because of the goodness of our Savior! Evey single one of us running to it, not from it.
Perhaps the problem is that we have been preaching the wrong Gospel?
Something to ponder.... In His Wings, Ro