Let's Shake Rattle and Roll
Shake Rattle and Roll
Have you ever wondered why, when you're already covered by a wave and you're trying to push off the bottom to get to the top for a breath, that it seems another will roll over the top of the previous one? Pushing you just a little further down so as to say, WHAT YA GONNA DO NOW? We are for the most part a happy and positive people, but you have to admit sometimes you can feel the devil tries to grab at your ankles. What a pesky slithering sloth. As we feel his nagging grab and tug if you will, remember that he was once God’s most precious angel. He fell from grace. This reminder is so poignant in times of struggle. How quickly many of us throw in the towel when it may only be the first of many rounds of a battle ahead.
I am a stubborn believer. I get knocked down and even have reactionary responses, as the nagging is constant. I am also so abundantly grateful for God’s GRACE. I am so thankful for His allowing me to know His word to the point of constant uplifting in the battle of the snake at my heels. I at times, as do we all, feel chased by life’s circumstances and I am always trying to understand the upheaval that is sometimes the direct occurrence after my prayer for peace.
As a Christian, I have been shown ~ God’s timing. The pure perfection of it is difficult and challenging, to say the least. I try very hard to remember His timing is not my own or that of those I love or care about. He is just that perfect and I trust Him fully. I do surrender, as do we all, but just as the small child, who tantrums or wiggles their way to what they think will be a different outcome, I am always humbled to learn I am not in control. He is my Father and He ultimately knows what is best. I am sure I share my imperfection enough for people to know I am as much of a student of Christ-likeness as anyone. I am a professional screw up and I am sure if we take a good look in our mirror we can all see, that we have work to do. I am to some degree humored by the judgments’ we place on others and we all do it. Sometimes we do this to our friends, our partners, our children, our teachers our families. I know you understand what I am talking about because as a Christian that is why you feel the nagging. It never feels quite right to respond with any other reaction other than Love, Grace, and Forgiveness. Sadly we do slip daily. In negative thought or action, righteous indignation (not when it is used for God but rather as a means of placing ourselves above others), anger, resentment, jealousy or any of the sins I could list and state here. Why is it that we do not all praise a God that is so forgiving of our daily stupidity?
We tend to take for granted those we love the most. Our families, and loved ones, the mere tone we use that we would never even think of using with others. Our friends who are long term and accept us for our faults and imperfections. Our spouses who we love whom on either side of that equation should be given a medal of valor each day rather than the fussing and/or short tempered battles due to the stresses of daily events. We forget to show that pure admiration for those we love. We neglect one another in the simplest of ways that can become a habit if not careful. We can always regroup and remind each other how much we love, care and want to make it all better. Most importantly we can own our part in any discrepancy of neglect, correct it and move back to that unconditional love. Because family and friends sticks together even under grave and crazy and frustrating situations. We act out with one another because we trust that love so deeply and know that ultimately we will be there for each other or we can hope.
So why are we not aware of how very much we neglect the one we love the most? GOD our Father ~ How much time do we spend with Him each day or week? How often do we go to Him and say wow I am really sorry? How often do we cuddle up with Him for some alone time? How often do we give Him that thank you or proverbial HUG? I am ashamed of my neglect at times I should be reported to GPS ~ Yep you got it ~ Gods Protective Services. How appropriate GPS ~, after all, He is our map for life, our Guide, our Director.
If we trust all these other influences of imperfection why do we struggle with our trust in HIM? I suppose it is that thing pulling at our ankles. So as a daily ritual, maybe we could just shake and rattle our feet a bit to loosen the hold on them. Each time you do this LOOKUP and say Thank You, GOD. I bet if we do this, maybe He will smile more often. I want GOD to smile. I want those I love and care about to smile, I even want those who get under my skin to smile because I get under someone else’s skin~ I am sure ~ and we are all His children. The term children are used correctly as we all act up, on occasion. We all continually have things to learn.
So people let’s do a little shake and rattle of the feet and a little praising in the right direction. Let's stop pointing fingers at each other and reach out a little more from our comfort zones. Let us remember we are all made in His image not just our selfish reflections in the mirror. I have messed up and I will again ~ How about you? Guess what I love you anyway and more importantly so does GOD. Every time GOD forgives ME seven times seventy times. I am so lucky and so are you. If we admit we are all goofball's who mess up. If we start really knowing that maybe we can welcome other goofball's and we can all start goofing up together, forgiving together, shake rattle and rolling together and at long last truly honoring God together.
I was given a clean slate today and God settled my waves or, at least, allowed me to feel safe rather than pulled ~ How about you? PEACE ~
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