Last night at the Bible study for young adults that we host in our home, we walked through some pretty intense waters together in the pages of Scripture. What we uncovered brought on tears, questions, confusion, and in the end a sense of awe and a challenge for the days ahead. Looking at the Bible intently can have that effect. Scratch that. It SHOULD have that effect. God, may I never read your Word benignly. May I never approach the Bible as though it doesn't have the power to ROCK MY WORLD.
One of the topics that we wrestled with last night was the feeling that at times it feels as if God is asking something of us that we just can't do, not right now, maybe later, maybe when I'm stronger... We faced up to the fact that when God asks something of us, He isn't just putting in a "take it or leave it" suggestion. He knows what He is doing. Better yet, He knows what we are capable of, better than we know ourselves. I remember back to my days as a child when my parents would ask me to do something hard and I would cry and complain and feel abandoned by them as I tried to accomplish what felt like an impossible task, all the while doubting their love, my own abilities, and their true knowledge of my capabilities. In the end, I would discover that they were right. That I was able. That I was stronger than I realized. That they loved me enough to allow me to find that out for myself.
What have you been putting off doing because it seems too hard? Unattainable? Could it be that God is allowing it to continually confront you because He wants you to see what you are capable of through His strength? And not just see it, but then live out the rest of your days with a new, more accurate definition of yourself and your God?
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!