Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Do you know how there are moments when the world moves so slowly you can feel your bones shifting, your mind tumbling? When you heart is pumping to an irregular beat that you’re not used too?

Matters of the human heart are inexplicable and can be controlled by a defibrillator, unkind words, a massaging hand, or even just a look. Sonnets and entire books have been devoted to the meaning of love, how the human heart works, and how something much bigger than us made such a thing. The blood pump in your chest is a small machine that weighs less than a pound, and beats roughly 35 million times a year. You can't live or love without it.  There are veins and arteries going in and out of this machine that keep you alive every single second. During the course of your life, the heart never gives up, never quits. Once it starts in the womb, it has the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, large intestines, lungs, spleen, and brain depending on its every beat. Every pump of blood that has been oxygenated has the lungs gasping, every bone waiting for the supply to come around once more, every single brain cell waiting for the blood to reassure its pure being. The heart never offers to relinquish. The four most important parts of a heart contains two atriums, two ventricles, but something that a health science book won’t tell you is that there is a fifth part, a hole, specifically a key hole. This key hole has one key and one key only specified for a certain person, a person that never gives up, a person that loves, and a person that chooses to never surrender.
It’s easier to think screw life, screw work, screw everything, than to admit that you’re overwhelmed and feel like you’re drowning. because sometimes, it’s easier to admit the simple things than to say the hard things and realize how much you’ve been struggling and how much you feel as if life has gone out of your control.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Hidden Blessing

For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?— the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.

Psalm 18:29-33

Nothing has the ability to strip away human pretense and false humility like adversity. It has a way of revealing who we really are, what we are made of, and how we view life. Not only that, but adversity also reveals our view of God and out ability to trust Him in difficult situations. It brings to the surface hidden emotions such as fear, low self-esteem, and jealousy. It is likewise efficient in illuminating out strengths. If the adversity comes as the result of a personal attack or betrayal, it shows whether we are willing to forgive those who have betrayed us.
Most important, adversity is a gauge of our level of faith. If we trust God in the small trials, then when the winds of adversity howl, we are much more likely to stand in faith rather than retreat in weakness. This principle was magnified in the life of the apostle Paul. Several times, he mentioned the hardships he endured. Recalling past trials gave Paul an opportunity to honor God for His faithfulness.

Within every problem or sorrow is a hidden blessing as well as an opportunity for a lesson of faith. Paul's "thorn in the flesh" kept him humble and focused on the sufficiency of Christ. If adversity has besieged your life, ask God to show you the blessing He has for you and the lesson He wants to learn. 

I know I have. Will you?

The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills. 

Habakkuk 3:19