God speaks in funny little ways sometimes.
So I just got home from work. I brought home a little container of ice cream that I had left in the freezer where I work for the past couple of days. I had a spoon in my glove box and decided to try a bite of the chocolate, chocolate chip ice cream right there in the car. Why didn’t I wait until I got into the house? Good question.
Maybe so God could show me what He showed me.
I only wanted to eat a tad of the ice cream.
I love eating the soft, melty ice cream around the edges when you’re eating out of a container (no shame. besides, this was just a single-serve-sized container, so no judgment. But even if it were a pint of a quart, no shame 😀 as long as you aren’t sharing during COVID season 😉 )
Because I was eating the ice cream in the dark, I couldn’t maneuver the melty parts onto my spoon that well. I decide to abort the mission and take that party inside.
I resume in the kitchen and breathed a minor sigh of relief.
Shining a light on something changes everything.
I could finally see.
A song that’s been on my heart lately is “Who You Really Are”. Here are a couple of lines from the song:
Who you really are, God and King
Who you really are, Lord of everything
Who you really are, teach me to see You as you really are
Who you really are, Risen and Living
Who you really are, Just and yet Forgiving
Who you really are, teach me to see You as You really are.
I want to see you God. And I want to see you as you REALLY are. Not just the fluffy parts. I thank you for being loving, and I THANK you for being just. I thank you for being patient, and I THANK you for being jealous. I THANK YOU for being Peace, Shalom, and I THANK you that you are a sword.
Thank you Lord, for dividing families. Thank you for permitting sickness and disease. Thank you for your judgment. You are so merciful, so gracious… but you are NOT a rug. You will NOT be walked over. You will NOT be mocked.
“Do not be deceived, God canNOT be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”.
A man reaps what he sows.
I reap what I sow.
Be it seeds of anger, discord, mockery, scorn, hate, judgment, irritability, impatience, DECEIT, jealousy….
…or seeds of love, trust, truthfulness, honesty, integrity, patience, kindness, all for the glory of God.
Lord God, THANK YOU that YOU. CANNOT. BE. MOCKED. You see ME as I really am, and choose to lavish love and grace on me. And at the same time, you convict me of sin, let me experience the consequences of my sin, and teach me in my heart that You REALLY ARE TRUSTWORTHY. You really are FOR me. You really are FIGHTING for me. You really are CARING for me. You really are LOVING me when you discipline. When you prevent. When you protect. When you prohibit. When you prolong. When you provide. When you withhold. When you act. When you stay silent. When you seem distant.
You are consistent. Thank you for making me more like you.
So, so back to the ice cream. When we look at God and see Him as He really is, we can ask God to help us become more like Him and less like us.
I looked at my spoon and thought about how God continually shines His light into the dark places in my life and reveals what I need to work on:
*being more patient with other people
*being more forgiving of other people
*not trusting God’s timing enough in any given situation
*not walking in the Spirit
*not actively seeking out God’s voice in the midst of the world’s voices
*not really believing in all of His promises in scripture
If I really did believe, would I not obey His commands fully? 2 Corinthians 12:9 assures us that God’s grace is sufficient enough to set us FREE from sin.
Totally, completely, 100% free. We can choose to say NO to petty, hateful behavior; selfish, angry thoughts, motives and intentions. We can truly lavish love and healing onto other people for the sake of God’s glory alone, and we no longer have to carry the weight of our shame and sin.
This is the power of Christ in us.
Do I really believe this?
Is that what God is saying to me? Is that what God is saying to US right now?
Be still? and KNOW? that He is God?
Do I really KNOW it?
Is it head knowledge, or is it heart knowledge also.
The truth is revealed in actions towards others.
Time is short brothers and sisters. Shine a light on your life… on all different areas. And ask God to show you what to work on. He is Faithful to do so, in Jesus’s name and for Christ’s sake. Amen