I often look at a situation and think, “How would someone ever handle that without hope in Jesus?” Not only is it important for me to be able to look to Jesus in my daily life, it is critical to have people surrounding us to point us toward Him. I want to see all His promises for me fulfilled, but when the pursuit gets tough, sometimes I need someone to hold my hand and remind me what His promises are. The light of Jesus in Kristan has pushed me these last few years to run after Bigger for my life. If you haven’t subscribed to her blog or bought her book, Bigger, I would encourage you to do it today.
Ephesians 5:8-14 NIV
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.””
What stood out to me…
These last two weeks have been chaotic in the Roehm house. We’ve had a couple unexpected health issues creep up and have required much of our attention. Pair those with the beginning of a new school/dance schedule and me working from home to get Women’s Community kicked off for the fall and my type-A, needs-everything-completely-in-order brain, can start to feel defeated.
While our health issues could be WAY, WAY worse, and the rest is a list of what I like to call “first world problems,” in the moments when I feel overwhelmed, my head goes into overdrive.
Even though only one item actually needs focus and completion by the next day, I’ll tell Jason everything on my mental to-do list for the next 2 months. This only makes things worse.
These moments are more than just manic bursts of words, they are hard on my heart. Often I can feel the ridiculousness of my rant, yet somehow am unable to make the choice to stop it. There seems to be dark fog over the part of my brain controlling all reason.
But the days when I am willing to recognize His Spirit’s presence in the everyday moments, even in the midst of tough circumstances, those are good days.
I’ve learned evil sees our most vulnerable situations and convinces us we can’t handle what life throws our way. When doubts creep in, it can be easy to begin to feel crushed and forget His promise to us in Romans 8:31:
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Being children of the light means we don’t have to be owned by the circumstances life throws our way. We can admit we don’t understand our current situation, be sad, or even angry, and still proclaim His goodness.
The world throws enough curve-balls to give any of us the temptation to walk through life frustrated with God.
Instead, can we choose to let His light shine in the midst of our darkest times?
For Monday, August 31, read Ephesians 5:15-20