Today as I sit in a coffee shop observing the chip on the bottom of my cup I realize that just a cup is chipped, we ourselves a chipped as humans living in an infected and imperfect Eden.
I was talking to a dear friend, in fact family member who is terrified because the money has slowly seemed to fade and she is fearful that she will lose it all like she had one time before. Is that fear in the face of such humanly dire circumstances legitimate? Absolutely yes, does she, in the worlds eyes have reason to worry? Yes. However I have learned that fear like that, when not given to the Lord, sometimes continually, destroys us. Just like Eve and, yes Adam destroyed Eden because they feared, at the depth of it all like the Lord didn’t have their best, and that it the core of worry like that. It eats you up, makes you question things that the Lord has told you to do, because in that moment of panic you don’t see it as a legitimate, immediate option because you-think-you need it NOW.
I have debts and bills of my own, I know that fear, the urge to lash out, or bury your head in the sand, or even try to fix it yourself because in that moment the Lord doesn’t seem to be answering, but I’ve learned that all you have to do is move forward and truly trust, holding nothing back, that the Lord will follow through, even if that following through seems late or like your losing everything, or so on the wire you wonder what in the world our father is thinking. But think of John, of how he knew God would send him to Rome, he just wasn’t sure how, or with what means. Do you think he wanted to be sent their in chains? Mocked for his belief? Tortured and abused by most of his captors? But that’s how God sent him.
What will I say if I’m standing on the wire, in front of a firing squad? Will I renounce my faith? Sometime I wonder. It’s hard to imagine such things in a country as “safe” and “polished” as ours seems to be. But have we forgotten how much others have suffered so much that we lash out at such a simple thing as timing? Have we forgotten that our brother and sisters are being starved and killed? Have we grown so complacent? I see that in myself sometimes, that sluggish forgetfulness that is slowly killing me, more than any life threatening situation ever could. That’s why I have to remember, have to give and have to trust, because no matter what happens, no matter how fearful I am of the outcome I have to trust that he will want the best be it on the streets, homeless, or with barely enough money to provide my perceived needs. And yes, those things scare me, they sink in my chest at just the thought of them but I can’t let that hinder my trust because if I do, if I let my fear and want to “fix” things the way I think they should be fixed I deny that God is the provider of ALL my needs. He may let my way work, for a while but in the end he’ll simply lead me back to where he wants me, even if it means letting me see what the messy outcome of my lack of faith and trust is.
The common Christian misconception in western culture is that if you’re not being blessed, if things are tight and hard that you’re doing something wrong, that the Lord is punishing you. But the scripture paint a very different picture;
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword from me by your hand O Lord, from men by your hand whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children and they leave their abundance to their infants. As for ME I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with YOUR likeness.
(Psalms 17:13-15 ESV, emphasis added.)
David, wrote that having everything, but knowing that he came from nothing, and if he returned he would be satisfied, prayed he would be satisfied, in nothing but the Lord. It’s easy to look at that and forget, to scoff looking at the whole picture of his life, but David didn’t see his whole story the way we can, he only knew each day as it came. He knew what the Lord had promised him, but he waited years to see that promise of becoming king happen, where for us it is simply chapters in a book not hours and days of struggle. That, however, was what it was. Struggle, hunger, exhaustion, seeing no end to it in sight. God delivered David as king and he will deliver us as well, just maybe not how or when we expect it.
I’m not sure if this helps anyone besides me, but I felt the Lord asking, telling, me to write this, even if not a single soul heard it beyond myself. So I hope, pray, if you read this you are blessed dear brothers and sisters, if only to see me as broken and flawed as the rest of the human race, simply saved by God no more or less than anyone else.
Note: I’m not saying if you are being blessed with worldly things that you aren’t following the Lord, I’m simply saying if you’re on the other hand not, it doesn’t mean your not following, or where the Lord wants you.