Monday, August 24, 2009

look for Him

"Search for wisdom
as you would search for silver
or hidden treasure.
Then you will understand
what it means to respect
and to know the LORD God."
Proverbs 2:4,5 (CEV)

This afternoon, I felt God teaching me about my limited perspective.

Is it possible that every single moment in my life is an opportunity for blessing?

While I'm waiting for my child to finish something, will I spend the time agitated—or—take the opportunity to take a deep breath and and enjoy an expected break?

When I'm struggling with a relationship, will I focus on the other person's faults—or—will I ask the Lord to refine my own character?

When a door closes, will I get stuck in feeling discouraged—or—thank God that He is helping to make my path clear?

When I say the wrong thing, will I wallow in regret—or—seek forgiveness and ask God to help me stop and think before I speak?

When someone speaks a kind word, will I receive it with joy—or—will I give them a list of reasons why they are wrong?

When a friend offers to help, will I accept with thanks—or—refuse and struggle on my own?

I can choose to view the struggles as blessings. I can also view the blessings as struggles.

It goes both ways, doesn't it?

It seems my flesh always goes on auto-pilot whenever an "issue" arises. Instead of seeking out the positive in a situation, it tends to sit idle in the negative. Sometimes I forget that in any given situation, I actually have a choice.

I can actively seek God's wisdom, power and peace—or—I can allow myself to believe that I've hit a dead-end and am out of options.

Regardless of what is going on in my life, I always have an option. Sure, it might not be the one I want, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad thing.

A truly bad thing is when I allow the enemy to succeed at stealing my peace and joy.

He comes with three purposes. Steal. Kill. Destroy. And yet, my Saviour assured me that He came to give me life and that I might have it in the full. (John 10:10)

While my flesh errs on the side of 'the glass is half empty,' God is challenging me to see that in Him, my glass is not half-full, nor is it simply full.

He is good, all the time. The question is whether or not I choose to see Him.

My prayer for you, Friend, is that you will look for God in every situation. That you will enjoy living a full and abundant life in Him, even during the most difficult seasons.

God is with you. He is good. And, He loves YOU.

Good times or bad, in Christ, we are LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!
Seeking Him,


Andrea said...

hhhmmm how parallel our lives seem to be... I struggle with so many of the same things! Prayers that you see ALL of God's blessings today.
Thank you for being so open and honest and willing to share your heart.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

It's so difficult for me to view struggles as blessings, but I'm growing and I hope to be there. It's about choice, like you wrote.
~ Wendy

Searching for God in the everyday said...

Amy! This is such an awesome, heart-wrenching, heart touching post. So much truth. I needed to hear it today. Not only the truth, but the truth that I am not alone in my struggles. The enemy uses that one too. Your transparent sharing has helped me remember that we are all in this together. Thank you for your courage.
Cory =)

Anne L.B. said...

In Him, my cup is overflowing.

Funny, I've said before that even if it's 5%, it's still 5% full, not 95% empty. Now I can say that the cup is ALWAYS overflowing. I did need to see that.


Anne L.B. said...

Amy, the half-full/half-empty/overflowing thought has stuck with me all week. I got so lost in it I actually forgot where it came from, and just spent about an hour digging through the blogs I follow until I found it. (I tried to google it and found it on many other sites, but I was determined to track it to the site where I found it.)

It will be two more weeks til it fits into the "Friday Freelance" series I'm doing on Feelings, but I'm going to post on this. Thanks again for sharing.