My neighbor’s overgrowth of weeds has reached nearly 3 feet. It is a perfect hiding spot for a rabbit, that is, until my Labrador decides he wants to retrieve him. I keep him from having any success; however, this morning he did shock the rabbit he uncovered with his keen abilities. The rabbit, stunned and not really able to evaluate his options, ran right towards a pack of German Shepherds. He rebounded and finally found an escape route.
Watching the frazzled rabbit run from one point to the next haphazardly reminded me of how easy it is to get comfortable and feel safe somewhere only to find yourself under attack. This can happen in a relationship, at a job, in a circle of friends, and even at church. It is usually the people closest to us that hurt us most. We get comfortable. We feel safe. Then something happens. We all have moments, situations, events, etc. in life that shock us, open our eyes, hurt us, change us as people. We have the option to respond in whatever way we see fit. Sometimes we run. Sometimes we fall. Sometimes we deny.
When we run, like the rabbit, we are running from something, and there’s always a place we are running toward. Maybe we attempt to nurse our brokenness with some self-soothing methods that are almost second-hand nature. Remember the Golden Girls moments when the cheesecake came out of the fridge? Perhaps your soothing is going to the gym, taking a shopping trip, having a few (or more) drinks. We all have our vices; some of us have multiple vices.
Whatever your situation may be, spend time with God. Take refuge in Him. People change; God is unchanging. People are unfaithful; God is faithful. People are broken, not-perfect, and many times selfish; God’s love is unfailing, His ways are perfect, and He pours out His blessing in abundance. As you cling to Him, may you realize you were never meant to hide in the safety of the overgrowth—you were made to soar! The people in your life are not to be your safety net, but they are part of your life to love, to encourage, to serve. The financial security of a good job and money in the bank is not for you to sit back and coast through life, but to glorify God. Often, when you are chased from the overgrowth, you are led to right where you are meant to be at this very moment. Let the Spirit guide your steps from the weeds to all that He has awaiting. It might not appear to be better than the pile of weeds, but you can trust that God has a great plan. In faith, in obedience, in love – press onward and soar!
“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” – Psalm 143:8 [NLT]
“Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” – Psalm 25:5 [NLT]
My car recently had to be inspected so I was blessed to be able to borrow a friend’s car while mine was getting serviced. I found out when someone else was in my driver’s seat, that the seat itself is broken. It’s misaligned. It’s tilted. I was so accustomed to it that it went unnoticed. I only could see it after it was pointed out to me, and because I was driving a car with a properly aligned seat for a week.
There are areas in our lives where we might not be properly aligned with Christ. We might not even realize it because we are so accustomed to the way things are or so blinded by what is going on around us. Misalignment can cause us to falter. Misalignment can cause us to misinterpret the Word. Misalignment can cause us to walk away from God altogether.
It is so important to have an accountability partner, someone strong in faith who is not afraid to tell you the truth—the Truth. That means someone who will not tell you what they think—but what the Bible says. It is important as well to have a good church, a good Bible preaching church, that will provide you the support, the teaching, the encouragement, and the accountability we all need. With a good church and a good accountability partner, you will know if you are misaligned. You will be told. You can then readjust yourself just like that car seat of mine needs some readjustment. When you are aligned properly, life is so much better. Amen.
“I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.” – 3 John 1:4 [NLT]