Which way will I go? Is he still good?

There have been various times in my life when I have come to a two way intersection. My choice is to curse God and walk away or to cry out in anguish and choose to believe in his goodness. To believe without proof in the moment he is still good. In these moments when I am faced with the choice I want to run to the darkness. In my anger I want to curse God, I want to know where he is and why the hell earth hurts so horribly bad. I want to know why life doesn’t make sense and why it has to be the way it is.

I get angry at scripture. I hear it in my head tell me to give thanks in all things, to pray without ceasing and to have hope, joy, love. Yet in the moment when I am faced with the two choices my spirit and I am sure the heavenly realms are duking it out for my soul. The darkness whispers like the black cloud in Harry Potter. The one that sucks the souls out of the living beings. The cloud lurks about and waits for me to give it permission. I am a child of God and it cannot come close to me without permission.

My flesh looks at the wispy, pillar of blackness and my flesh wants to lie on it. I want to lay in the darkness and not feel. I want something, anything to take away the pain. I watch my dreams take flight and I wait in the cocoon of change and I want so badly to emerge. I try to emerge and I get shoved right back in the cocoon for more transformation. The fire is hot in the cocoon and I am pleading and crying for release. Lord, release my soul from the agony.

The release does not come and I again find myself at the entrance to a fiery furnace. Again, I stand at two crossroads. I can curse God or I can trust him. What if I cannot stand the heat? What if I cry uncle? I can’t do this on my own! Where are you God? I want so very badly to allow the darkness to take me over. I don’t want to hope in tomorrow, I don’t want to praise and worship his name. Sometimes when I come to the crossroads I don’t make a choice, I sit down and stare at both choices. I know both roads are painful and going to be hard. I need time to be angry, I need time to let God know how angry I am with him.

Then, some how, my soul is ready, my emotions and my brain are ready to get up and proceed down the road. I choose the road I knew I would all along. The one I will find my Lord Jesus on. Sometimes just walking the direction of the road towards Jesus is painful. It means I am surrendering my confusion of the world around me and the pain I feel in exchange for stepping out in faith and choosing to trust what I do not know or can comprehend. Once surrender happens, then peace comes flooding in.

The situation does not always poof get fixed. Sometimes the waves continue to crash, but the pain gets easier to bear. It becomes a trusting, restful grief and eventually emerges into butterflies and flowers. The garden that is created is more glorious because of the pain and grief it took to blossom.

It is a cycle that continues on and will continue until Jesus comes back or I go to heaven. This is where faith becomes true faith. It is the place where I say, as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

 

robinrussell52

My rebel heart loves Jesus. It has been a journey learning about his love for me, but he continues to fight for me and has won my heart. I am learning to love and respect my husband Mark. After four years of being a mommy I fell in love with the role God had given me and I am now a passionate homeschool, stay at home mom. I love outdoor adventures with my family and our husky Skye. I love creating delicious physically and emotionally satisfying meals. I love walking life's hard road with those around me. I want to be a friend to the friendless and be a beacon of light and hope to the weary.

2 Comments:

  1. You are an amazing writer and I loved this message. I know so many people are right at the spot you were describing. Thank you for putting on paper, what’s in our hearts. You, my dear, are creating ripples!!!!

    • Angie, it was the cry of my heart and God’s sweet question of will you still believe? I look at both directions, both God has given me free will to chose. Sometimes I want to lie in the darkness and simply feel angry that life isn’t happening as fast as I want it to. I am so thankful that even if I chose the dark path for a time, God allows me to come back to him. I am thankful he is the father who leaves the 99 to come and look for me. He whispers and encourages me and loves me back to himself. It doesn’t always make the path easier, the rocks are still jagged and the waves high, but I do not go them alone and they become easier to bear. I am so thankful you were blessed and encouraged, we are praying for you continuously. Be Well God Bless, my friend.

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