Scripture Of The Week

 Author of several devotional books, Sheila Walsh, shared this account in one of her devotionals:  “I am angry!” she said to me.  It was a strange way to start a conversation, but her emotions seemed to overwhelm her.  I had just finished teaching, and I was signing a book for someone when this woman stepped between us.  Asking her to wait just a second, I finished signing the book and handed it back to the now very concerned recipient.  “Let’s walk for a bit,” I suggested to my unhappy new friend. When we were finally alone, I quietly asked her, “What happened to you?”   For half a second I thought she might slap me, but as I watched, the ice in her eyes melted from anger into intense pain. She fell into my arms, and rivers of tears streamed down her face.  “I’ve buried two sons,” she said when she could speak. “Every time I hear you talk about your boy, it’s like a knife in my heart.”We talked for a long time that night. At one point I asked her if she had let God see her rage, and she seemed horrified by the suggestion.  “I can’t talk to God like that!” she said.  “Don’t you think He already knows?”  I asked, holding her tight. “He knows — and He loves you. He knows — and He wants you to trust Him enough to tell Him the whole truth about what you’re feeling.”
Okay, leaving Sheila Walsh, may I now ask if we have ever done this?  Have we ever simply gotten alone with God and let Him have it all, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly — whatever it is we’re thinking and feeling?   For may of us, probably not, but if we ever do it, it can change our lives.  It did for me.
Truth destroys walls, between us and others, especially God.  The question is will we be willing to take that risk?   Will we fall at the feet of Jesus, tell Him the whole truth about what we’re thinking and feeling, and then let Him love us back to life?   It is not always the mark of a lack of faith, or of being non-spiritual that we tend to think it is.  In fact, it can be what draws us closer to Him.  Remember, He loves His people and wants for us to openly talk to him so we can be more ready to be led by Him.  He wants us to share what hurts us, what disappoints us as well as what thrills us.  Consider these verses:
The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth. — Psalm 145:18
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. — John 8:32
Send out Your light and Your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You live. — Psalm 43:3
The time is coming — indeed it’s here now — when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. — John 4:23
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