Finding God in the Ruins – A New Journey Begins

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I saw this video and wept. Maybe because the song is so beautiful.

Maybe because the sentiment is so honest and timely for me to hear since my own recent diagnosis of cancer.

Breast cancer.

It’s hard for me to type those words much less admit that this is really happening to me.

But it is.

And so begins a new journey for me, one I hope I will be able to walk through with grace so that God is glorified in the process.

At the moment, all I see is a body broken, the life I once knew crumbling around me. But I know there’s more to the story, that God has a plan to redeem this pain; and I pray a better me will emerge after finding Him in the ruins.

What Easter Means for the Worn and Weary

So I can’t pinpoint why exactly but, the other day, I found myself fighting tears. They were so close to the surface all day long.

Maybe there’s no good way to describe that feeling. It’s just that suddenly those emotions you’ve been trying to ignore, well they finally get fed up with being forced into silence. They demand to be heard!

And there comes a time when you stop pretending to be tough and you start being honest with yourself.

 

You’re just worn out.
(Or as we like to say in the south, “worn to a frazzle.”)

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But when we bring our daily struggles to Jesus, we are acknowledging our faith in His ability to save us. We are declaring our belief in a living God who redeems our life from the pit.

Remember the story of Lazarus? After he died, his sister Martha came to Jesus who said to her,

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 

She said “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God…” and Jesus went on to raise her brother from the dead. 

What about you? Do you believe this?

Do you think it’s possible that Jesus can take a heart like yours, worn and weary though it may be, and make the miraculous happen?

I do. Trust in Him and, as the song says, “All that’s dead inside will be reborn.”

That’s the reason we celebrate Easter – the whole reason for a cross and an empty tomb.

REDEMPTION!

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” Luke 1:68

You can hear the song, “Worn” performed in this visually stunning video below by the Christian band, Tenth Avenue North. (Trouble viewing? Click here.)

Here’s a quote from lead singer Mike Donehey’s blog:

If we come to Jesus with anything more than nothing, we come with too much… He’s after a grateful people, not a perfect people. He’s after a responsive people, not a self-helped one. Live loved. That’s our call. That is our job. Even when we’re worn out, worn thin, and feel like we’ve got nothing left to offer Him, all He demands is our nothing.

 


Let The Revolution Begin

I never knew anything about golf until I met my husband.

Because of him, I have now become acquainted with the game as well as some of the elite players who have made it their mission to sink a little white ball into an elusive hole on some of the most beautiful courses in the world.

It is harder than it might seem. Getting that ball to go where you want it to go. You have to avoid the obstacles – stay out of the rough, the sand, the water. You have to factor in things like wind currents, the type of equipment being used and the topography of the course itself.

Some have compared golf to the journey of life. Both require hard work, patience and persistence. Author Dr. David Cook uses the analogy well in his inspiring book Seven Days in Utopia. You may have heard of the movie by the same name that was just released. My husband read the book a while back but I think I need to since coming across the clip below.

It is the author reading an excerpt of the sequel and, though you may think it is a little too long, I enourage you to watch. It isn’t so much about golf as it is redemption. About letting go of lies and reaching out for your dreams.

God made each of us for a reason and he wants us to understand that there is so much more to life than trophies or the applause of men.

He is calling us to follow him. When we allow him to lead, there is a noticible, you might even say revolutionary, difference that takes place in our lives. Like a golfer with a singular goal, we gain a clearer focus, a driving passion we didn’t have before.

Today, if you feel unfocused, like you’ve lost your way, God will meet you where you are. Maybe you would like to declare along with the author in this video, “Let the revolution begin!”

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

God’s Message to His Children

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.
For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3

No matter what you might be going through, God wants to remind you that He is your Redeemer, Protector and Savior. I pray you are comforted by His message of love for you today.
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Pondering Scrooge and Redemption

One of my all-time favorite stories of the season is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge has an encounter on Christmas Eve that changes him forever. His life goes from miserable to merry in a beautifully written tale of hope and redemption.

What about your story? Maybe, like me, you are able to identify with certain aspects of Scrooge’s inner psychosis. Sometimes, circumstances can cause us to shout our own version of “Bah, Humbug!”

It is easy to understand how a troubled childhood or lost love or the normal struggles of life might have turned him into a curmudgeon. But the process must have been so subtle, so gradual, that he was not able to see himself as he really was.

I wonder if this is true of us as well. How can we prevent ourselves from slowly becoming someone other than the person we want to be?

What would our lives be like if we allowed ourselves to look back at our past with honesty, face our present with courage and imagine our future as it might be if we continue to chart the same course?

The good news is that the same hope found by Ebenezer exists for us all! As long as we have breath, we have a chance to embrace change and write our own happy ending. God is able to redeem everything in our lives. The choice is ours.

So, before the clock strikes midnight, let us examine our own hearts and pray that God will allow Scrooge’s story to inspire our own story of transformation this Christmas.


“It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, “God Bless Us, Every One!”  ~ Charles Dickens