“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. ” 1 Peter 1:2-4 MSG //
Could this be about control? Control aims to keep it all turning out as we imagined and hoped; stress and trouble free. But the trouble with holding on tight to this, is that when it crumbles, we also lose that feeling of God’s presence. We got the idea that his being here with us is fixed to an exam grade, a relationship that works, being right, not failing, getting that job promotion… I often confine his ‘here-with-us’ to those times.
But when we enter seasons where we are faced with losing these experiences.. as painful as they are, we are forced to meet him in our imperfect and messy state, to call out to him there. To meet his grace there. That sort of meeting his presence…doesn’t really happen without struggle or darkness or loss of direction.
But it’s in that place we find he never was confined to just the good place, he is the here-with-us, now, whatever now looks like – period. In this , being ‘weaned from the sinful habit of not getting your own way,’ I think maybe, is not a hopeless oppressive statement but rather – an invitation to meet him now, however it looks – not later when things start getting pretty again.
Jesus? he gets it, and it was his faith in the Father, and knowing his love, that carried him through these seasons. Let’s fix our eyes on how he did it, and ask him to help us see when things get messy.
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