On the outside, most of us look pretty normal, but once we get to know each other, the flaws jump out at us like a frog sitting on a hot frying pan. We can make ourselves look good by taking off some weight, by doing something that will benefit another, or by living frivolously. Most people are fooled by that disguise, but God can look right into our very souls to determine what’s motivating our behavior. How comforting to know that despite all the yuck going on inside us, He still loves us. He doesn’t want us to suffer. He doesn’t want us to be depressed or unhappy. We are His creation and He loves us more than we can possibly imagine.
There is no escaping Him, His direction of our lives or His amazing forgiveness.
Once in while I think we can become our own worst enemy. We try to accomplish too much, we work harder than we should, we struggle to make payments, we try to be the perfect parent, we set our goals too high, we forget what is really meaningful in our lives.
It all depends on how we look at things. If we realize that with God all things are possible, the stumbling blocks of life are merely bumps in the road. If we trust that God has a plan for everything that happens to us, we can be confident that nothing can stop us.
Lord. You have permitted me to live a long life and it’s taken me all of that time to understand that I have put way too much pressure on myself. Help me to turn things over to you. You have kept your promise to keep me safe in all my endeavors – to be with those I love – to comfort the hurting and to lean on you. You love me, even though I’m often unlovable. Be with me again today. Amen!