God Makes Beautiful Things, New Year, Fresh Starts
He makes Beautiful Things
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I suppose one could write off the woes or foes of the earlier year, but why? Suppose instead we could look to that dimmed part of our soul compartment, the one we fight against, in the quiet? We know it’s there, it may be a distraction, out of or beyond our control, it may be a thought or feeling we try to push away because of its poison, and yet it nags for our attention. To leave it, unexplored could be the best choice and but tricky.
Maybe it’s a judgment we don’t want to make? Could it be a release, unnecessary, and yet boiling to the surface and then spewing in a chaotic event? We don’t want to react to negativity, but we do.
What can we do with these dents in our shield? Indentations of rejection, discontentment, fear, righteousness, anger, should we react? Will it change who we are? Sometimes yes, but often best to quiet our hearts, breathe and be open to the peace and solace that come from relationship and intervention of the Holy Spirit.
If we come to a place, God has allowed it. Everything is a part of a journey; but, to hear such a statement in the frustration’s face can cause us to dismiss this.
We may dismiss to a point where the fallout pieces of residue build. If there’s a residue, it clouds and dims the brightest of lights. Things can grab hold; pull us down, causing us to stay stagnant. These little dents happen to any of us while on the roller coaster of life’s highway to heaven. We should not be ashamed of our imperfections for awareness of ourselves is key to our progress.
Attention to the imperfections of others often leads to our demise, and yet again, we do just that. Is this attentiveness to others, in a negative light, a means of protection we hedge around ourselves? Yes, we do this, but we love to share in the joys of others, and we point at their missteps. Again, is this a means of keeping ourselves from looking to our own need for continued growth? Is this a way to keep us from doing the constant work we need to be doing, to be a little watermark of His image?
Let God Reveal Himself to you
When in the immediacy or prolonged duration of a situation, it reveals the purpose may take time? We can confide in a parent, a friend, also a teacher, but why not go to the ultimate healer of all circumstance? There is perfection in no other source while finding fellowship and compassion are likely, amongst, like yokes, but one whose likeness we seek. Knowing that we can go all in and broken to our Father allows for inner peace and immediate cleansing.
With cleansing, healing begins, and it makes us new. The best understanding is in knowing a solution is always available and unceasing for anyone who seeks it first. We may never do what we know in our heart is best. We remain, ever the child, and thus possess a constant and insatiable hunger to learn, but also a subtle rebellion of independence or free will so to speak.
Imagine a gallon of milk. It is pure and white and provides nourishment. This same container of milk can pour out from one and give to others. Now imagine this container of milk sitting out on a counter. In this container, there is a little milk left, but there is a small amount, and it is turning. Moment by moment, it is spoiling and curdles smelling foul.
So, we come upon a new batch of pure milk and pour it in on top of the lesser amount left in the container. Perhaps we were trying to save space or make room. We neglected to let go of the spoiled milk before adding the new to fill up the container. What if we had the awareness that this could then infuse the entire bottle of fresh and create a distasteful product? There is, in each of us, a part that battles with the ways of this earthly world. No matter how rounded with good intentions, we will have held a negative thought or feeling about something. We may not want this action or reaction, and yet it creeps in and digs into our soul like claws of disgust. It could have enormous power if we permit it to remain.
So, when facing another year, start by remembering to empty the milk jug, cleaning it and then taking a great big gulp of the new. Take out your virtual memo pad and write the words of affirmation to cleanse your soul daily, for every action there is a reaction, and every minute you can empty your heart and soul of things that may have left a harmful residue. If it becomes a habit, you can “Put on the armor of God so you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11)
You too shall then shield in faith. Remember, you must fill the void in your hearts with a relationship, your very own personal relationship with God. You will not find it in the expectations of others. You may see glimpses of relationship in like yokes, but it is only by knowing and trusting God, talking to Him and adherence to His message for each one, that you will know Him. Put on your armor, for if you borrow that of another so-called Christian, it may not fit. He has a set of armor that is your own. Seek ye first the kingdom of God. He makes Beautiful things.
Extra Reading From The Word
For more prayerful consideration ~ See NIV Ephesians 6:11-18
© 2013 Kathy Henderson