Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice… (Eph 4:31).
Have you ever wondered why God keeps walking you down a similar road? I have and for that reason, I’m paying closer attention.
I think what I’m learning is that God walks us down these similar paths because, quite frankly, we asked for it. I don’t mean that dismissively. After all, as Christians, haven’t we asked Him to make us more like His Son? Is it possible that the only way for us to be like Him is to walk down similar paths so that we might finally pass the test?
As I’m reflecting more and more on this journey that I’m walking I see just how much I messed up the true meaning of the previous ones. Of how I missed out on certain areas of my life that needed to grow because, quite honestly, I got bitter and angry. However, this time, in the midst of the raging seas I saw the Lord reveal this truth to me and I made a different choice. Now that I’ve done that, it feels like something in my Spirit has been set free and I’m not just talking something small. I feel a radical shift inside my heart and my mind.
It’s as if the Lord took years of bent up brokenness and pride and broke it. Now, this time, I’m not getting mad at the circumstances around me, but I’m choosing instead to praise the one who brings the rain. Beloved, I’m telling. you, if you want to grow, walk with God through the valley and make a different choice. Choose to bless and praise God in all things and watch Him set you free from areas in your life that you’d been held captive by for years.
One thing that I’m reminding myself is that I’m not just waiting on God to show up in my life, no, I’m waiting with God. There’s a huge difference. We might envision ourselves just sitting here, waiting for God to bring us the blessing, but I think what God is showing me is that what we should actually be doing is waiting with Him and when He’s ready, we’ll walk together into the next blessing. Until that time, we must wait patiently with Him in the midst of whatever life might bring our way. Truly, as we do we find that in all things, He is our greatest blessing, to begin with.
Lord, thank you for changing me. Thank you for growing seasons. You are so good and I trust you, in Jesus name, Amen.