The Lord has been teaching me about independence recently. In our society today, independence is praised and encouraged. Making a life for yourself on your own, not needing “no man”, being single and cultivating “no strings attached” relationships (if you can even call them relationships). But ultimately where does that leave us?
When we so desire to cut off genuine and true relationships, and long to do everything independently, we end up sad, lonely, and making decisions we will regret in the end. We become impulsive because we have not allowed ourselves to have a source of accountability to point us back to what is right and what is so sweet and good.
“When the enemy begins to point at everything I am not, I point back to all that God is.” – Steven Furtick
Lord, “soften our hearts and break us apart.” We get on this track of life thinking, “I am going to make this happen. I am going to do this for myself because I deserve it and I am going to be an example.” This spirit is not necessarily evil, but allowed to manifest apart from Him and in the world for encouragement, it will take over our hearts and minds and lead us astray from the sweet glory He has for us in HIS plan. This mindset can easily fill us with a spirit of pride and take our focus everywhere but Jesus.
In the midst of our pride-filled, side-tracked journeys we end up under this overwhelming and unbearable sense of pressure. We feel hopeless and in such a daze that we will literally take anything that comes our way (wholesome or not) to try to fill and fix this desperate and broken soul.
But then, Jesus steps in.
He removes everything clouding our vision that we have labeled as “important”. He is able to step in front of the unrealistic standards we have implanted into our brains that say, “this is what each person expects of me,” and says “Stop. Look up. I am here. I always have been. I have never left you, not for one millisecond. Not even when you were wandering and searching for answers in places that only provide you with confusion and heartbreak. My child, I long to love you fully. I cling to you and desire, above all, to fill you with wisdom of me and who I am, of the good and faithful plans I have for you. You need not worry of the future, for I am here and I have every step of your life planned out.”
No matter where you are. No matter where you have headed the direction of your life, stop and turn to Jesus. Let His glory fill your empty aching soul. Now and always.
You are his most precious creation and He loves you. He longs to provide you with community (on earth and in Him) that will build up and edify you. Allow him to have complete control. It’s not an easy task by any means (I myself being the worst at this), but in the end His plans are so much greater than the grief that the world offers.
“We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed (verse 9). Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (verse 10).” [2 Corinthians 4:9-10 NLT]