Monday, May 21, 2007

A Real Relationship with God

" God in his mercy, out of a desire for a real relationship with us, will continue to allow us to fall flat on our faces until all we want is him." ~Sheila Walsh

Wow. That is amazing and so true. Don't we all fall flat on faces? In our search for that "missing thing" in our lives, we try a lot of different things. Sex, drugs, tv, food, alcohol, hobbies, destructive relationships, shopping. So many things and while they may help for the moment, eventually, we just go back to feeling empty!

"8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ" (Phil. 3:8)

When we first got married, I expected Kevin to meet my needs and to fill the emptiness inside of me. I very quicky learned that he could not fulfill this expection....unfortunately, it took me five years to figure out that filling these needs was not his job. God was simply waiting for me to realize that it is was HIS job and one that HE was more than willing to do.

I long for the day when I don't have to keep learning this lesson the hard way. 'Oh, yeah, I was supposed to give this one to God!' Like I am supposed to give every situation to him. Sometimes I seem to remember this lesson and sometimes, I just fall right back into my old patterns.

So, for today, I have not fallen flat on my face....but I know that day will come again...that day when I forget that not only am I not in charge, I really don't want to be.


Kate said...

AMEN!! Boy, I could use a DAILY reminder to give it all to Him. I've been eating "dirt sandwiches" for years! Thanks for the insight, Tonni!