As a mom of 3 young children, I have many, many ideas on how I want things to be. Visions of everyone picking up their things, getting along, and doing what they know they are to do each and every day. I plan happy outings, nice meals at home, and meaningful discussions.
Occasionally things go as planned, but many times I feel my life gets reduced to the kids watching a video while I take care of most everything. I often think I am pushing a rope. Ok, so Love and Logic should set in at this point, but guiding, teaching, disciplining, and loving 3 beautiful souls can be exhausting. I often give up and collapse into bed, wondering how I can do more.
Often through the midst of tears, the sweet voice of my loving Abba whispers into my ear, “fall into me. I am your refuge, your strength, your everything.” As I ponder this, I realize that I am being reduced into total reliance. Into him. Things can’t always be as I want. I cannot do it alone. I need help. In admitting reliance on others; whether it is on God or people, I have had to be humbled; reduced. Reduced down to waving the white flag and asking God to take over the command post.
In that, simplicity takes over if I allow it. I realize that I am FULLY LOVED, FULLY ACCEPTED, and FULLY FORGIVEN. The burden that I carried around with me is gone when I don’t take it back from the junk heap I have piled at his feet. It is so very simple. He simply wants to love us. If we let him.
What can you let go of today? Possibly the unrealistic expectations you put on yourself, or maybe the limitations you put on God. This is not to say we shouldn’t strive for the very best. It is just that the perspective of the best God wants for us, not what we want for us, is what we need to keep in mind.
Can you choose to take a moment to accept the fact that he simply wants to love you? Just as you are. He also wants the very best for you. But to have all he has in store for us, we need to be reduced. To allowing his plan to unfold. And in that, there is great strength. And Joy. Peace. Health. Wellness. Restoration. Love.