To Give It All
After The Storm by Mumford & Sons (this song leads off this Hub for a reason)
Note From The Author
We have many faces; happy, concerned, lost, but behind everyone is a story of who we are and who we can become.
We experience storms that take us down and shake us to our core. I am sure you have been there on life’s ride of bewilderment and experience. Change is inevitable; it comes regardless of the desire. When it grabs one into a drastic funnel beyond control, it’s not uncommon to tremble. The details of our experience are not always necessary, and the gravity and graphic nature would be of no service to everyone. We will share particular moments through touch-points. They are undeniable coercion to share when the time is right.
After such storms, at least for me, we realize that no matter what, life goes on, and everything has a purpose. I hope this piece reaches someone, for I feel it was only by God’s grace that we can share our touch-points. If you are in a nightmare, maybe consider surrendering your life to a loving God, a Father who loves. What do you have to lose?
He Asks for Us to Give Our All
God asks us to give our all, yet we express our grief and share our disdain about our faith response in our pits of darkness. We succumb to our inability to release our human abandon, or at the least, we buckle when in our trials and storms. We are aware of our guilt and failure to recognize the things that hold us back from complete surrender. In these moments of utter brokenness, our soul is porous, and we must fight with great courage to be open to the control and direction of our loving God. To give happiness in such a situation makes it bearable, yet the reality of the harsh conditions remains.
When in the fire, we must not allow the burn to resemble fake warmth? The evil that seeps into our lives is quiet, sneaky, manipulative, and often underhanded. It takes up residence alongside our truth with its understated tactics. We are often hand in hand with that which keeps us from our ultimate cleansing.
Yes, sin lives in our being, and we are right to feel the guilt that reminds us of its presence., "I give it all" has no clarity. The answer to perfecting this position is never, to begin with, the word I, but a complete recognition that ultimate control is not to be ours.
God is in control, and His divine grace saves us in our circumstances. Mercy and blessings come from above, regardless of merit.
To be a child of God is a calling for all of us, and we need not be perfect to respond. You become clean by His love and grace, so come as you are. He is waiting. Never compare yourself to the perfections or imperfections of others.
The closer you come to God's desires for your life, the more you may feel the attacks, but it is worth it. Often, this choice may not feel like an honor but a curse. Remember, He is with you in the tight spots, holding you. Everything worth fighting has its journey. God reveals knowledge along the way; this revelation comes when we are submissive to His call.
When we fall victim to our difficult situations, we must try to relish the opportunity to experience sanctification by God's loving and bold hand. We live in a time of great spiritual warfare. Not one of us is free to dodge this call to service.
We remember experiences are for our creator's glorification. Placing I, or Me, or even, We, above the desires of God, we come in contact with guilt. That is the moment to call out in surrender, asking for complete forgiveness, and yes, for that clarity only Our Lord can provide.
Once again, He holds us tight and is all we need, so why do we stumble on our way to Him? Perhaps it's that instinct to put Me, We before Him. Why not stand firm in the promises of the cross and go readily to Him who gave it all?
I Gave You All by Mumford & Sons
Suggested Biblical Readings
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
© 2013 Kathy Henderson