Do you remember in the movie City Slickers when the character, Ed, said his best and worst day were the same day? I relate to that in this way; that the things in my life that could have potentially destroyed me have been the very things that have given me grit and determination to change. Those times have been the catalyst to eventually propel me into my best self and my best potential.
I have found that the humility I have learned in failure has been fertile ground for authenticity and given me a more meaningful way to relate to others.
I am sitting here this morning in my quiet place. The corner space in my room, next to a window that has been designated for prayer and meditation. I am reading Psalm 91, H.C.G Moule and Beth Moore. As I feel a cool, gentle breeze touching my shoulder after a humid, sticky night, I find that I am in very good company. The words that I am reading were written by people who have a deep understanding of failure. The constant theme is; what is impossible with man, is possible with God.
It is not only that God loves, knows and relates to us, in real time, through Jesus Christ...which is pretty mind blowing. It is that He can still prove inexhaustible and victorious in our mortal flesh today! It is also that, He and He alone, can set us free from the slavery of sin. And it is further, that because He has set His love upon us He will deliver us.
I am sitting here right now, drinking in His love and mercy. His absolute encouragement and inspiration toward me to lift my eyes up to the mountains from where my help comes from. The awesome overwhelmedness that He is a master at taking ashes and creating beautiful things out them. He really wants to do that for me and for you today and every day!
Thank you God that the things that the devil meant to destroy me have been turned for good in your hand. Thank you God for your Holy Spirit that leads me in to all truth and uses my life to help other's with their's. I am overwhelmed as I sit in your presence. I thank you for the other's who have gone before me and have transparently encouraged me by their trials, struggles and failures. As difficult as the road has been, I thank you that you did not allow me to become hardened. You kept my heart soft and vulnerable, so that you could continue to teach me and I could continue to encourage others with the comfort I have received. And I thank you that you, and you alone, can grow the most beautiful creations out of seemingly impossible conditions.
I am walking this path of wholeness with you and I would love to hear from you today.