I am grateful that on the days when I don’t “feel” Christlike it doesn’t mean that I am not.
I am grateful that my walk with Jesus is not based on my emotion of the day or how I FEEL at a certain moment.
I am MOST grateful for the moments when I am not behaving Christlike that Jesus still loves me!
Psalm 23 says that his rod and his staff comfort me right after he says that he leads me gently beside still waters to restore my soul.
Correction, care, guidance and mercy.
There was once a moment when my daughter Brooklyn was 2 years old when I decided to take the kids for a walk. It was a pleasant day so, off we went. On our way home Brooklyn decided she didn’t want to walk any more. She was hot, tired and decided FORGET YOU PEOPLE! I AM DONE! So, she threw herself down in the middle of the road and refused to get up. Our house was in sight, we were about 5 doors down. I was at a loss because my arms were full of packages and sweaters and all sorts of things that mommies are expected to carry. I cajoled, I begged, I pleaded, I soothed, but she refused to get up. So, my only course of action was to grab her under the arm and literally drag her up and force her to walk. I couldn’t carry her, my arms were full and the other two kids had gone to the house. So, with determination I dragged my two year old kicking and screaming the rest of the way and we made it! I couldn’t leave her laying in the middle of the road, she would have gotten smashed to bits. And then our pleasant walk would have been ruined.
So, with out getting to spiritual about it, heres the deal. These past few weeks I have been Brooklyn. Hot, tired and ready for a nap and picking the wrong moment to do so. Laying down in the road of life and refusing to get up. Not because I doubt God, not because I have given up on Christ, but simply because I have been tired. Jesus, because he loves me and knows what is best for me has had to pick me up under the meaty part of my arm and drag me down the road to safer pastures so that I can take a proper rest and I am so grateful that he did!
This morning I am flooded with the knowledge that Jesus loves me! I am flooded with the knowledge that NOTHING can separate me from His love and that He knows my name! This morning I am going to put my big girls panties on and rest in the knowledge that no matter what the goodness and mercy of God follows me all the days of my life and I WILL dwell in the house of the Lord forever!