Well another day has passed and before I forget I wanted to revisit something I mentioned in my "Can You Even Imagine" post. Now this post today is going to be about something extremely personal and important to me because of how much I struggle with this in my own walk. By reading this I hope that you are able to understand a little more about me and my heart as well as taking away something from the scripture I will be providing.
Before I continue, I just want to say that my advice, tips and so-called "wisdom" is absolutely nothing compared to the wisdom of the Bible and the scriptures within it. All of man's knowledge and wisdom is folly when compared to God's everlasting wisdom. It says in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 "And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and as my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
Now if you didn't understand any of that, I don't blame you at all. But what I want you to understand is that my wise words, are absolute garbage when compared to the wisdom of God. Don't put your faith in the wisdom of man (my words) but instead put your faith in the power of God (all scripture). I've just come to understand that my words will mean absolutely nothing when I die, but the Word of God is forever (1 Peter 1:25).
Throughout my walk, I have always struggled in accepting the truth that Christ was all I needed in my life to be complete. I had never reached that place of perfect peace, that place where no matter what was happening in my life, all was well because I had Christ. I never quite understood what it meant. How people could possibly be peaceful when their entire world was crashing down on them. That even though people were walking out of their lives, or things weren't going their way, there was unimaginable peace about them. Only recently have I begun to understand how to attain that perfect peace in the midst of the storm.
It all begins with a complete surrender of your troubles, anxieties, stress, problems and obstacles. A complete removal of all the things that bring you to a place of unrest and weariness and placing them in Christ's hands. A lot easier said than done, trust me. How can you even begin to completely lose the things that are constantly on your mind? How do you even go about surrendering the negativity of your life? I have realized (at least for myself) that it can't be done in one instance. It is a continuous process that you have to reconfirm each and every day. It's like trying to beat an addiction. You can't just one day stop and never do it again. You have to convince yourself every day that you are stronger than that addiction. That strength can only be found in the one true Comforter and Counselor. The Bible says in Isaiah 40:28-31 "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to Him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Sometimes I just lose myself in thinking about how much my God is capable of. He knows all, sees all, and is able to do abundantly more than I can even imagine. He gives strength to the weak and weary. He will renew all strength to those that seek it. Take it from me, when I am feeling incomplete, there is no strength within me. There is no chance that I can continue on with the present thought of the trials and struggles in my life. The beauty of the situation is that I don't have to do it alone. Christ is there to provide me with all of the strength I will ever need.
My favorite part of that verse is the description of how Christ can take our lives and completely change everything. When He renews our strength, we shall mount up with the wings of eagles. Can you even imagine how incredible that would be? The truth that Christ can give us the strength to rise above all of the garbage in our lives and overcome every obstacle leaves me speechless.
I have no more words to say. Where is my excuse to continue to live with the stress, anxiety, pain, and suffering when my God can make me rise like the wings of eagles? There is no excuse. Christ is all I need and will forever be all that I need.