“Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.” Ursula K. LeGuin
By: Gabriela Yareliz
As the true and old Kanye West fan that I am, I will start out by saying that our 2020 presidential hopeful and wife Kim K. West welcomed their baby boy into the world! A mini Kanye has arrived. I heard Mariah Carey had her favorite hits (sung by her) playing when she went into labor. I wonder if Kim did something similar…(cue ‘Bound 2’ to play in background).
Anyway, in other news, it’s Monday. We come again to a beginning.
I was listening to something on the radio, and the person was talking about how clarity can be overrated. We are often seeking clarity, when maybe God and life don’t want to give us clarity. It’s about trust. The man then read from Psalm 62: (starting at verse 5)
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Ending at verse 8).
I want the key words for me this week to be: “Trust in Him at all times; pour out your heart before Him.”
Life is messy and complex. It’s not all clear, that is for sure. Still, God calls us to recognize His love for us, and He asks us to trust Him because He loved us first. We go through phases, ups, downs, sadness, joy, love, heartbreak, apparent certainty, uncertainty… Let’s let God have it. Let us say as King David once wrote in Psalm 63:8, “My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.”
That’s all we can do. Jeremiah 29: 13 promises, “You will seek Me (God) and find Me, when you seek Me with all of your heart.”
Experience has taught me that when we seek God with all of our heart, maybe not everything will be in order. Maybe some things will be shattered, and all we can do is come to God with all of the pieces. The point is to come with all that you are, and rest in Him. I hope that this week you make that extra effort to find Him.
This week, let’s celebrate life. Let’s look at all of our blessings. Let’s love with everything that we are; let’s live, holding nothing back. Let’s be all present. Open. Strong. Hopeful.
Never forget, as Christine Caine likes to say, “God starts at the impossible.”
“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”
“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God is of a different nature altogether. It does not hate tragedy. It never denies reality. It stands in the very teeth of suffering. The love of God did not protect His own Son. The cross was the proof of His love- that He gave that Son, that he let Him go to Calvary’s cross, though “legions of angels” might have rescued Him. He will not necessarily protect us- not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.”
“be softer with you.
you are a breathing thing.
a memory to someone.
a home to a life.”
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
“Of course God does not consider you hopeless. If He did, He would not be moving you to seek Him (and He obviously is)… Continue seeking Him with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him.”
C. S. Lewis
“And then, one day, it was you.”
T.B. LaBerge // Unwritten Letters to You
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