But God…

Contributing Writer: Virginia Davidson

There are times in my life that I can feel overwhelmed with parts of my life story.

I stand whining and complaining and ask “Why God!?”  ”Why do I have to struggle with anxiety? Why can’t I get over these seemingly simple things I try so hard not to do?  Why did I have to go through this pain?  How did I get myself into this?” I may never know the answers, but rather than focusing on all of the issues I’ve had in my life I can ask God to enter into my story.  Ask Him to redeem it.  (In some other words free me, liberate me, rescue me from myself and others.)  

I mess up constantly in my attempts to be the good Christian, good wife and good mom.  I feel guilty.  I find myself believing the thoughts in my head of “you’re not good enough” & “you really messed up this time!”  These are lies, but as I make my daily decisions based on these lies rather than God’s truth I create quite a mess.

But God comes to us in the midst of our chaos and sin, forgives and gives new life.  This is why we celebrate Easter – the forgiveness & life given to us freely (well, not free – Jesus paid the price).

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Genesis 50:20 

Did you notice the phrase - but God!?  

Thankfully God redeems –  God makes good out of our bad.  We see it over and over again in The Bible.  (Read the story of Joseph -one of my favs!)

Keeping my eyes on God, seeking Him first and the idea that eternity is what matters helps me in the day-to-day.  It’s not about me & my “power.”  It’s about surrendering to God and allowing Him to make something beautiful out of my mess!

Some pieces of my story that I’ve found in my time of reflection and prayer (and some verses I’m leaning on)….

I watch others and compare myself….but God sees me as His daughter and beautifully and wonderfully made.  (verse)
I struggle with anxiety and have become frozen in fear….but God has taken that and allowed me to share my story to draw others to Him.  (verse)
I had a brain tumor and became fearful of many things….but God (who is Perfect Peace) is healing me.  (verse)
I had a poor relationship with my Dad growing up dealing with divorce….but God has renewed this relationship!

Ask God to rescue you, redeem your story.  Take some time this week to reflect on your story, what lies you’re believing and allow God to take over your life.  Where has God showed up in your story?  There’s nothing he doesn’t know & there’s nothing He can’t handle.  Write down a list like mine above.  ___________ But God ___________.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

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9 Responses to “But God…”

  1. January 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this, the story of redemption is definitely the central theme of the bible. And I like the fact that you provided a little exercise we could use everyday, when our flaws and shortcomings are revealed, we can ask God to come into our story and redeem us.

  2. January 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your list and giving us a new way to look at our own life story. Blessings!

  3. January 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Renee, Thanks for the sweet note you left for Virginia. It’s always nice to get feedback from our readers!

  4. January 18, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    What a beautiful post, Virginia! I can totally relate :) For me, I have to learn this over and over again. Psalm 23 taught me a lot about what the Lord is. I heard a great sermon about it a few years ago when I was in the midst of relocating from Baltimore to Boston. So encouraging to know our Father loves us just as we are, in spite of our insecurities. Thank you for sharing (and sorry it took me 24 hours to get over here and read it fully)!

  5. January 18, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Nice reminder. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Chef in Training
    January 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    great post! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    -Nikki
    Chef in Training
    http://www.chef-in-training.com

  7. January 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Great post! Thanks for the reminder! And for linking to Shine on Fridays!

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