- Religion and Philosophy
Catch It and Release Grace ~
To live in the distance of happenings or people is a fear tactic, yet why do the collective we so often deny God's grace by distancing ourselves from the love and acceptance of Christ? People often choose a life of fear and sadness or worse it chooses them. They may experience something that they can't understand or relate to and so, many choose comfort over than what is right. Trapped or hopeless they give into that fearful state of mind that takes control at the emotional core of psyche when confused. The sense of doom creeps knowing life can and will change in a heartbeat. No matter how often change occurs it has banter with our conscience, one thing we shy away from at its approach is change.
Life will change we must accept the grace that comes with said changes? The amazing thing is this change or experience God is allowing for a reason. He has planned the curves and the straight lines in your life. So we can stop and live for the moment in Joy embracing what is to come because God is connecting our dots along the way.
Impulse acting is a human trait that confuses still we do it. We may choose something and regret it, or act and follow with a question. We may place ourselves in danger's path and expect the worst getting caught in a downward spiral instead of catching the uplifting breeze of angel's wings.
As we share emotion we're in a naked state and we scurry to cover up welcome to life after Eve's first bite of the apple in the garden. Today it continues to entrap her descendant as we succumb to fears of rejection and sin. Leaning on God's grace is the better choice and often the last resort in this world. The hoax of fear and insecurity stands in the wings ready to pounce our joy causing one to watch their back. Intimidation restricts making the best servants, defensive and broken as opposed to comfortable, cohesive and whole.
We lack trust in God's grace, this separates us from Him and leaves mankind in shambles creating zombie shells to walk this earth. Falling into the pit of comfort is an expected fall. We have experienced the wrath of someone placing us there in a pit, and sometimes we do it to ourselves. There is a beloved story in the Bible that depicts a reactive state when a threat causes vulnerability and how terrible jealousy can spoil and destroy a family.
The story of Joseph, he was a young man of seventeen, the age one starts out in life with new freedoms today, such as getting your drivers license. A time in life with much ahead to look forward to, Joseph was one of eleven brothers born to Jacob of Canaan. He was the second youngest Jacob doted upon his young son, even making him a coat of many colors nice warm jackets were scarce in this time. Because of their growing jealousy, the brother’s disdain for Joseph grew. Joseph shared a dream with his brothers saying, I had this strange dream, we were in the fields gathering grain and all of a sudden mine stood on end, while yours bowed to mine.
This enraged the brothers as they claimed he felt he was better than they causing them to form an alliance to kill Joseph. One day while in the fields the brothers took the opportunity unbeknownst to Joseph and through him into a well. They eldest brother Reuben did not want to kill his brother and thus suggested the well so he could return to him when the brothers calmed down. Then one brother spoke up as after throwing him into the well a group of people heading to Egypt to sell goods came upon them and the plan changed to sell him to them, this way he is out of our hair and we don't have to kill him. How this family was the seeded with the thistle of evil that began with a simple coat of many colors.
By the grace of God, Joseph was never alone, God gave him the strength to endure slavery to the Pharaoh of Egypt and continued to give Joseph dreams of enlightenment causing the Pharaoh sought Joseph's council. He became a great leader and wealthy man honored in the land of Egypt. While a drought came to the land of Canaan, and again God's grace and mercy displays as Joseph calls his brothers from the famine of starvation forgiving them and providing for their needs. Acknowledging their sin upon him and still forgiving as God had called him to save others, and so he did the work of God's hands.
We decide the release made us uncomfortable, and so we go to that place of comfort. We try and convince ourselves if I stay away from the crisis it won't happen to me. Somehow, if we do this it protects us from their reality. The vulnerability can seed thistle if we are denying God's grace and mercy we can trust Him, or let the thistle take over choking out what is the good?
Life happens, and it's darn scary that it could be you, or worse yet, it might be someone you love. With this as a concern, we boast even louder than usual stating things like, “Can you believe them? Or did you hear about, so and so, or I bet they're in trouble or did something crazy?” Do we stop and pray for their peace? Often we don't. We sometimes retreat to our inner circles and cocoon ourselves from being enveloped in a situation. Why? I again do not understand. We're all broken and bleeding. No one means more to God in His eyes each trial is equally important to HIM. So rather than running to our corners should we not be trying to stop the bleeding together as a life-saving measure? What amazing grace and mercy are we denying by running to the darkness instead of the light?
Phil Wickham song ~Grace
What is real behind the stuff
It's difficult to see the whole truth behind someone's reality. People post stories of undeniable pain or real joy, all over the Internet. At first glance, we connect and our hearts pump to respond or not. Given time, some start comparing lives or poking to find holes in what is shared. How pathetic? If a good story gets to the media they will dig until they can erode enough away to find the raw reactions. The media, when given something bad will sensationalize the pain or sadness. They pummel it and choke everyone involved to make them bleed for the public's eye under the mask of news. People aren't even able to grieve or experience a life moment without scrutiny and wounds deepen. Like media, we tend to fall victim to assumption adding to separation and seclusion as opposed to unity.
Not that we enjoy this process, but rather we are fools of society. We thrive toward the negative. How wonderful would it be if we could put as much attention and dedication toward the positive or solution based outcomes? How willing would you be to show the real you if met with positive reactions and functional solutions pointing you toward God's GRACE?
I shared a story with some young people about releasing. I described those times when something has happened that has pushed each of you off track so to speak. Trying to describe how we all have moments of release when something has shaken you to the core and you need to let it out a scream. We have all had these moments when the tears came so and we had to stop them because we could no longer breathe. Then, as you stop, so you can, at last, take a breath, you are so stuffed up you hold your nose and puff your cheeks out, hoping to clear your airway. When you get clear you cycle again with a release of more sporadic crying and breathing. You hear the little voice inside you that says STOP; you need to breathe. So you breathe and cry and breathe and cry and then you STOP. you calm yourself and answers come. You catch it, the realization you are SO NOT ALONE. You feel a little desperate, but you are ready to listen in the quiet, long enough to get a hint of what to do next. This is where you catch it, the gift of the Holy Spirit, His pure grace, and mercy.
Is it possible that when you finally reached your release point and then share it, that someone else has just begun theirs?
Let me answer that. It's obvious, as we all experience our realities in different cycles. Therefore, someone is always experiencing a release and someone is always in need of a hug.
It's not as important to understand their reality, for we all have realities that change. Some physical pain, some emotional, some loss, some gain, but each of us will be able to use it for the greater good if given support. It is more important to know how to treat others with the Grace of God. He allows us our moments of brokenness. He then lets us catch a whiff of Him and a caress of His spirit. He reminds us also in His word that He sent His son in the form of a man so that we could relate to His humanness.
We should really try to catch it, some of this GRACE God shares with us. We should then share that GRACE with others. They may have just been crying and spasmodically releasing and are now in the clearing of their storm. What if they're not? What if they are right in the midst of their storm and we start judging them? This may push them so far away, they never catch it! I have no right to keep this grace from others because there but by the Grace of God Go I.
Read more Grace in the NIV Bible:
Ephesians 2: 8 NIV (we are saved by through faith by grace is a gift of God)
John 1:14 NIV (The word became flesh, full of grace and truth)
2Corinthians 1:2 NIV (Grace and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Colossians 3:16 NIV (Let the message of Christ dwelling among you... Singing to God with Gratitude in your hearts)
~ Let's keep our eyes open ~ perhaps someone is hurting, lost or alone. We could show them some Grace or just a smile, maybe even a Hug ~ if you're so bold ~ Their reality is not yours, so you can't fully understand it. God allows revealed knowledge in His timing. The reality of knowing THE GRACE OF GOD may save them, and it is for everyone, so share it! ~ Peace in your stages
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