Thursday, August 28, 2014

it is HE who keeps us

I think it's been a little while since I've written an inspired post. I've gotten just a tad caught up in school, work, life planning (in general), and big family events. But today I read something that really got me thinking.

I was perusing some of my friends and fellow bloggers' blog posts, and came upon a blog post that spoke directly to my heart. This particular post talked about developing a "faith worth losing for". In other words, it talked about building up one's faith so strong that the heart is ever willing to give up momentary pleasures for the sake of the King. What an incredibly beautiful concept. truly.

Recently I've been so focused on getting multiple degrees, working 30-40 hours a week and applying for new jobs, building up my resume, and all around making sure that I "live life to the fullest" (doesn't that phrase get really old after awhile?). While yes, there isn't anything truly wrong with wanting to live life to the fullest; there is something wrong when one's focus is on that concept, rather than simply living life selflessly and richly for His glory. And it can become very detrimental to the individual (and very likely to the ones in their life). I've lost sight of living, simply living, for my Savior. I have been trying to fit my life plans into His, rather than joyfully accepting His plans as my own.

If you've been reading this blog for even a little bit of time, you'll know by now that I worry. a. lot. Ha, but really. It's rather serious sometimes. I get this skewed point of view that if I worry about something, it'll make the situation better. As if my worrying ensures that the particular problem, circumstance, grade, or relationship turns out right. It's the all mentality that, as it were, worrying puts me in control of the situation. Pretty sad, huh? Yet continually I want to take it on myself and worry the heck out of the situation because truthfully, I can't always live with the thought that the situation actually might not go my way.

God has given me more than I could ever ask for. Sure I've got problems; I've lost someone so very dear to my heart and I feel the pain of that loss every day. I face health problems daily, and I have to work like all get out to keep good grades. I'm continually looked down on in both work and school for my age, and have my family (who I love so dearly) slowly move away from me. These are hard things, and I'm sure you've faced one or more of these in your life (or are facing them now). But God has still blessed me immensely. There are millions of things I can thank Him for, but instead I keep choosing to complain and worry about what's not going right.

My life seems a lot like a blueberry bush right now (as silly as that may sound). I've been a Christian for most of my life, but only the last few years have the fruits of my faith started to show. I've survived the winters of oppression and despair, the hot summer heat of testings of my faith, and have at last started to grow into the beautiful blueberry bush God is creating me to be.

So here I am again, on my knees and laying before the Lord everything that I keep wanting to take upon myself. Here I am, again and again, reminding myself that "it is God who perseveres; it is God who keeps us and it is God who guards us" (Alistair Begg).

I'm not sure how all, or any, of what I just relayed makes sense to you reader. But it's all that's been weighing heavily on my heart these past few months. I've found that the more I grow closer to my Savior, the harder life seems to get. But also, the sweeter the love and grace of my Savior is; and the richer the joy I find in Him is.

As Charles Spurgeon so eloquently put it, "I have learned to kiss the wave that slams me into the Rock of Ages."

I'm not sure what you're going through reader, if perhaps you've lost a loved one or just can't seem to quite find your way. But I do know, with all that is in me, that there is Someone so magnificent, so wonderful, so full of all that is beautiful and awesome that He is willing to stoop down to us and take our hand when we just can't take another step. I'm not the crying type (I'm that kind that likes to keep it all in), but just thinking over what our Savior has truly done for us brings tears to me eyes. He is so good.

I love you, dear readers, as much as my mortal, fallible heart can love. And you know why? Because I know you're only human like me, and you have a beautiful heart and a wonderful story to tell. And I know that you're going through something tough in your life right now, whether big or small. And what's more, I love you so because HE loves me so (every. single. day. even though I don't deserve it). 

So please keep your head up. And I pray that when you fall down, He gives you the courage to get back up again.

sincerely yours,
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

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