And I read the simple display panel, “Disarmed,” as the green light glares next to the word “Ready.”
I certainly understand what the designer of this panel was intending to communicate. That the panel is “ready” to set and that there are no doors or windows open.
But I find it a bit contrary to real life.
If I am “disarmed,” then I am actually “not ready” as I set out for each day.
I work so hard to protect THINGS.
So why do I leave the most important issues of life open to the threat of an enemy who can, “steal, kill and destroy…” as it says Satan seeks to do in John 10:10.
If I had an alarm panel that displayed the zones unprotected in my heart and mind, would I find the green “ready” light also on? Or would there be something that needs more attention?
How many times have I listened to the lie that I’m not enough?
That my dreams are crazy and unattainable.
That I’m not strong enough.
That I need to “earn” God’s love.
That it matters what others think of me.
That I’m on the wrong path.
That “just a little” sin is ok.
That I’m not satisfied.
That I can always start “tomorrow.”
I can spend so much time with these lies swirling around in my mind that they become a part of my everyday attitudes. They can keep me from my purpose, putting distance between God and me.
Feeling lost and alone is such a struggle that leads to much doubt. God never wants us to become so isolated. If we seek Him, He will meet us where we are and draw us closer, fulfilling our need for acceptance and purpose.
I no longer want to let those lies dominate my thoughts.
But what God has planned for me is to believe that I am created in His image.
That He placed a dream inside of me to glorify Him, even when I’m not “like” everyone else.
That He loved me before I was ever created and has a plan for my life.
That I am to live for an audience of One and not to please the opinions of other imperfect humans.
That when I follow Him closely and regularly, the path I take will be more clear.
That all sins weigh equally on God’s scales, but that He loved is enough to send His Son, Jesus die in our place, taking the penalty for us.
That I am content in all things as long as I know Him and receive His grace.
That TODAY is the day that The Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
“Lord God, I trust You and long for You. I desire to be filled with Your Spirit and not led by my own shallow thoughts. Empty me of myself and make me ready for today. Arm me with all that I need to face today. In Jesus precious and holy name, Amen.”