Unhurried Lent: Day 29

Unhurried Lent: Day 29

A Thought

My thought for today is from the book Defiant Joy by Stasi Eldredge. Sometimes it is such an encouraging thought to know that I am wrong.

Too often I run away from my own heart out of refusal to engage it. It takes energy and space to become present to the truth of my inner world, and when I am overwhelmed, the thought of such activity is, well, overwhelming.

It’s overwhelming, anyway, until it can no longer be ignored because God places a roadblock in my path that forces me to face the fact that I am in need of a Savior. I get to the place where I am pressed to accept my own weakness, and it causes me to hold my life and heart open before the merciful eyes of a loving Father. It draws me up short to see where I fall short in my own strivings so that I may once again discover the source of my identity, which is found right where I am, smack-dab in the middle of God’s loving gaze.

God calls us to run away to Him, not from Him. He asks us to not fix our gaze on other people’s lives and compare them to our own but to look to Him for the source of our worthy life. He asks us to find our rest in Him. He is our resting place. When I am exhausted, the temptation is to turn from God, thinking that He requires more from me than I have to give. I may believe I need to muster some passion from a dry well and focus on improving my performance. I may think I need to pull myself up by my bootstraps when I’m too tired to put my shoes on. I am wrong.

Stasi Eldrege – Defiant Joy