Friday, August 29, 2014

The Weight of Reality

The weight of reality has been weighing heavily on my heart for quite some time.  Most of my life I have been in the bubble of false reality...almost untouchable to the things of the world.  The ugly, nasty, harmful, damaging things of the world.  As I grow in who I am, in who the Lord created me to be, I learn about and experience more of the world that He came to die for....and they weigh just as heavy on my heart as reality.

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always...ALWAYS.  

The realities in this world:  Cancer. Infidelity. Abuse. Neglect. Addiction. Fear. Death. Suicide

....the list goes on and on and on and on and on...

Be joyful always.  I've had to ponder this.  How can my friend be joyful when she's in the battle for her life as she's fighting cancer?  What is the reality of a cheating spouse?  What about the person who struggles with intense addictions to drugs or alcohol or pornography?  What about the kid who thinks the only answer is being done with life?

Be joyful always...ALWAYS.

This isn't the joyful that means having a smile on your face at all times, and a song in your heart, and a bounce in your step.  This is finding JOY in your faith...knowing that no matter what, God is there.  God is in control.  God is for you.

Pray continually.

This is how we can be joyful always.  By praying continually.  In our home, we have a prayer banner with requests on it.  I walk by it a million times a day and I'm reminded to pray for my friends, my family, myself as we face the realities of this world.  Praying continually will draw us closer to the Lord, closer to feeling His love surround and embrace us.  And when we feel that love, we have the joy of the Lord in our hearts.

Give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Be thankful for cancer?  Be thankful for our struggles? Our fears? Our real life reality that is hard and painful and flat out not fun?  Why?!  ...for this is God's will for you...  This is how God is drawing me, us, closer to Him.  This is Him showing me, us, how if we do these things --find our joy in Him, pray continually to Him so that we know Him, thank Him for our circumstances because He reveals more of Himself to us through them -- we can fully live despite the realities of our world.

Despite my circumstances, because of my trust and love for the Lord, I will be joyful always and thankful for who I am, where I am, and the struggles I endure.

1 comment:

lindley said...

Love that you are blogging again. And today--as usual--you are speaking my heart. It is so very difficult to have joy through those very things you mentioned. I've wrestled in some way with all of those things--whether it be our family or via friends or just fear of the future. BUT--God is good and being joyful isn't the spring in our step! Thank you for the encouragement and the reminder! Love you!!