Monday, February 16, 2009

God Help Me...

I wrote a letter today (amazing!) to my close friend's daughter, who is having some difficulties lately, and I thought I would share it (I am not using her real name). Since it was the Holy Spirit that helped write (maybe I should say wrote) it, I think it turned out pretty good. It all started because I wanted to give her something to let her know I was thinking of her. I chose a small handbag I had just finished, made from denim embroidered with handbags (of all things!). It also had a rhinestone zipper closure, just the cutest touch with the denim! I also enclosed a stone, you will see in the letter why I did that.

Dear Susie, I wrote this in a hurry, while chasing little boys, so I hope it makes sense. While we don’t talk often or much, I have always cared about you since you were in my four-year old class, all those years ago!

I was thinking what I could put in this bag to cheer you up, so I looked for some scripture that had the word bag in it. When I came across David and Goliath, I thought about how you have been facing giants lately.

1 Samuel 17:48-49 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

Satan tries to come as a giant to scare the wits out of us. Sometimes, he whispers giant lies to us. Sometimes he uses other people to create giant situations that are beyond our control. Whatever he does, he does to try and make us afraid or angry and unable to function as God intends.

When we are scared or angry, we do foolish things, make bad choices and sometimes blame God for not protecting us. I know that I have done that, even very recently. But fear and anger can drive us to God if we let it.

To be honest, I have been angry with God for not doing things in my life to suit my idea of what should be happening. I wanted Him to change Travis and Sarah and He didn’t. I wanted Him to give us custody of the grandkids and He did. So now, I take care of the kids and I find myself angry with God because I had to leave a job I loved and I feel out of control. I got some of what I wanted and now I find it all frustrating!

My point is that we all struggle with our emotions and Satan does his devil best to widen the gap between us and God as we struggle.

Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

God is slow to anger, even when we are angry with Him. He is faithful even when we are unfaithful. He loves us unconditionally and just asks us to love Him.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? T o act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

That’s it, Susie…walk humbly with God and He will lift you up!

Love, Becky

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