Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Page From My Journal

Part of the reason I love writing so much is just the act of writing itself. Which oddly enough, even though I could have every media vehicle at my fingertips, used to be a lot more freeing some years back. Think 39 cent notebook and writing ferociously. The other reason is it freezes time.  Meaning, it holds a memory in its proper place. It documents things in a creative way. Even fiction can do that for me. I can remember things about my life when I go back to something I've written.

Here are a couple of pages from various journals, the first from some years ago, the second I tagged onto the other journal entries. I noticed looking back at writing that I was coming to terms with some health problems and pain I had been experiencing for quite awhile. So, that's where the second piece came in, more on the subject of trials and where God comes in.

Where there is hard stuff, there is redemption. That’s what I believe. I’m afraid who I am and what I stand for loses its value because of the dark moments before the light comes.
I think we have to share the dark moments and understand they are temporary. I’ve known things lose power this way..

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God’s story in our lives can seem too good to be true so we go searching for a different identity. We long for an image that feels right. But there is surrender and trust. Trust that God is already putting us back together.

Bringing heaven to earth means God knew what he was doing in his overall plan, he knew we would be messy people and we would need Christ to come.
Embracing our true identities means learning who we are in Christ. Knowing that He transforms my life means living with that new awareness every day.
I know I can’t live independently from the world God placed me in. In the places and times God has me, I pray He continues to show me truth and where peace is possible, where I can open up to more that He has.

Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice in the Lord always! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

God has been and is making restoration possible. He was the first and best Creator and he shows me that he will continue to make a way even if something looks dried up or where without him there would be no strength or hope. God knows what He’s doing and is working in every situation.

Have you seen God show up during hard times (or sweet times!) to help you discover your true identity?

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