The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge and trust in Him. Nahum 1:7
I am so very grateful that God gets me. He understands me. Lately, I have found great comfort in knowing this. Not to justify or make excuses for my messiness but to find the grace and strength to expect change. I can’t do it without Him, nor do I have to! Thank you, Jesus! He knows why I am the way I am. He has witnessed my brokenness. He understands my insecurities. He understands why I am so messy! A toxic marriage and now divorce have left their ugly marks and I sometimes get frustrated with the depth of those marks. Ugh! I am good at justifying and downplaying red flags. I question my own intuition. I struggle with insecurities. I sometimes carry the burden and responsibility of the choices and consequences of other’s upon myself. Please tell me I am not the only one? Oh, and there is more…Ha! The truth is, we can get upset and frustrated about our own weaknesses and struggles OR we can thank God that we recognize them and allow Him to turn our weaknesses into strengths that will glorify and honor him.
Transformation is more often than not, an intense and long process. Unfortunately, short cuts cannot be taken. Old mind sets can take a while to rewire. It takes work. It takes discipline. It takes a whole lot of grace. However, we need not allow our struggles define us. We have a loving Father who patiently and kindly reveals, heals, and makes new. He is so eminently patient with us and FULL of grace. He WILL complete the good work he started in you and in me. He loves each of us way too much to allow stinkin’ thinking and past survivor- mode- mindsets to continue to hold us hostage. He wants us free and He will not relent until that happens.
Today, I choose to surrender wholly to Him all my inconsistencies, all my insecurities, all my stinkin’ thinkin’, all my fears and all of my messiness. The truth is, life will continue to have its messiness in one way or another, which means more messiness in me to work through, ha! Therefore, this will, by no means, be a one time event, but an ongoing need throughout this journey. AND that’s okay because as long as you and I continue to surrender and replace lies with Truth, the devil can’t win and we are truly made MORE than conquerors through our Savior who love us! Amen!?
How about you? Aren’t you glad that God gets YOU? You don’t have to invite discouragement to be your companion because you are still struggling to overcome. The Lord understands. Let me remind you that He has walked with you through your most darkest seasons. He has witnessed all that your heart has gone through. He has seen the well of tears that you have cried when nobody was looking. He is fully aware of your knee jerk reactions to certain situations because of your past. He knows that you want to be free and the good news is… He reveals only to heal, sweet sister! He is the Master Potter who re-forms, re-shapes and chisels away those unwanted rough and sharp edges that are placed in His hands of mercy. As the scripture says, “The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble…” Think about that! He is GOOD! He is your STRENGTH and He is your STRONGHOLD in the midst or your troubled heart. “He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge and trust in Him.” Rest in that, my dear sister knowing that you are understood and that your God GETS you and even MORE profound than that is that He’s GOT you! Friend, remain on the Potter’s wheel and your beauty will shine forth as you encounter your happily-even-after days ahead! Believe it!
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Jeremiah 18:1-4