To All Beautiful Things He Makes Beautiful Things, New Year, Fresh Starts
He makes Beautiful Things
Here We Go Fresh Start ...
I suppose one could write off the woes or foes of the previous 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 its poison and yet it nags for our attention. To leave it unexplored could be the best option and yet so difficult. 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? Dents of rejection, discontentment, fear, righteousness, anger, should we react? Will it change the situation? Sometimes yes, but often it is best to quiet our hearts, just breathe and be open to the peace and solace that come from relationship and intervention of the Holy Spirit. If we come to a situation, God has allowed it. We know good or bad all things are part of the journey and plan, however, to hear such a statement in the face of the frustration, can cause us to dismiss this.
We may dismiss to a point where there is fallout and pieces of residue build up. If there is residue it cloud and dim the brightest of lights. Things can grab hold, pull us down, causing us to remain stagnant. These little dents happen to all 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 own 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, perhaps, but truth is, 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 mere watermark of His image?
Let God Reveal Himself to you
When in the immediacy or even long duration of a situation, the revelation of the purpose may take time? We can go to those around us, a parent, friend even a leader or confidant, and this is okay, but why not go to the ultimate teacher and healer of all circumstance? There is perfection in no other source while finding fellowship and compassion are likely, amongst, like yokes, there is but one whose likeness we seek. In the knowing, that to go all in and broken to our Father with all circumstance, will allow for an inner peace and immediate cleansing.
In this cleansing, a healing can begin and all can be new. The best understanding is in knowing healing is always available and unceasing for anyone who seeks it first. We may not always do what we know in our heart is best. We remain, always 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 be given 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 container of new milk 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 founded in 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 great 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 negative 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 be shielded by 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 prayerful adherence to His message for each one individually, that you will know Him. Put on your own armor, for if you borrow that of another so-called Christian, it may not fit. He has a set of armor that is distinctly your own. Seek ye first the kingdom of God. He makes Beautiful things...
Peace in your stages ~
Extra Reading From The Word
For more prayerful consideration ~ See NIV Ephesians 6:11-18
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