Isaiah 43 is one of the most wonderful chapters in all of scripture. (Of course I say that about a lot of chapters.)
But what draws me to this particular chapter is how many times God draws attention to his own lordship. God is not capable of arrogance as it would sound coming from human lips.
He’s doesn’t repeat this time after time for his own benefit but for ours. He is reminding us that he and he alone deserves to be called the one and only Lord.
He goes on to recount his creation of all living things on this earth, we humans in particular. Paul quotes Isaiah 9b, “Will the clay say to the potter, “What are you doing?” In Romans 9: 20-21, it states that we are his to shape and mold as he sees fit without question.
To give someone else control isn’t easy. Giving our government control over our actions isn’t easy. None of us like being told where we can or cannot go.
But maybe we can use this restriction on our lives as a way to remind us that this is how we are supposed to place ourselves in the Potter’s hands to do with as he wishes.
Think of this portion of scripture the next time you bristle about your restrictions and confinement. Let those feelings of irritation remind you, remind me, that we are usually wrangling with God over these same control issues.
Assuming we are in right relationships with God, his molding of us will only draw us closer to him and his purpose for our lives.
If we are not in right relationship with God, he will have to continue getting us back to that starting point as a lump of clay and start all over again, many times all over again.
Doesn’t it make sense to cooperate with him the first time?
Let’s allow God to really shape us during this shut-down. Let’s think through our reactions about giving up control and try and determine if we treat God this way sometimes. Is there a correlation? Can we learn from this how it feels to give God control?
I wonder why we are all looking for something to do. I’ve even got a post coming soon with some ideas for you. But I wonder, why are we trying to occupy every minute?
I’m guessing it’s because we’re scared and being busy helps. But I’m not sure that’s so good. So while I, too, am getting bored and want to fill every moment, I’m also trying to make sure I have plenty of contemplative time. I want to think about this crisis and how it can make me stronger in my faith walk.Tweet
What about you? Are you taking time during this quarantine to simply think?
God bless and stay safe.
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If depression is about to consume you, I want to help. I woke up this morning and for some reason felt such a burden to write a quick post of encouragement to you.
Why do I sense someone is really struggling today?
You are succumbing to the dangerous “D”s, doubt, disillusionment, despair, discouragement, distress, etc. You feel yourself circling the pit.
I offer you my prayers and encouragement. You do not have to succumb to depression. There are things you can do.
Yes, you will need to address your feelings and maybe the causes but for right now you need deliverance.
King David knew how this felt as he expresses in Psalms 40:1 & 2.
“I waited patiently for the LORD, and He listened to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock…..:
But while you are standing on that rock, that doesn’t mean you are doing nothing. Oh, for a short period, that might be the case but you have to eventually do your part.
What you can do.
Hold nothing back. He knows if anyway. (Why do we always forget?) Read Psalm 139 for encouragement in that regard.
If you can talk to someone, do that. Whatever you do, don’t sit and sulk. Don’t use your depression as an excuse to go down other unhealthy paths.
Talk a walk.
Clean or organize something. Get your body in motion.
Do not be ashamed.
There is no scripture anywhere that even suggests that.
I have lots of resources on this blog to help. There is an extensive list of books that might help. You can e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org.) And if you don’t even want me to reply, but to only be a sounding board, that is OK; just let me know.
Pretend we are sitting on this bench in my garden and pour out your heart.
Remember, while depression feels all-consuming, you are still in the driver’s seat.Tweet
God bless you today. I couldn’t mean that more.
Yes, I found 2,000 pieces of the same thing at a garage sale over the weekend. And I am thrilled.
If you’ve been following the blog very long, you already have some good ideas.
You might think it’s pens and/or pencils, that would be a good one.
But that’s not it.
Remember, it’s 2,000 pieces. That should eliminate a lot of items except for one.
I was leaving the sale, having not found anything, when I spotted this wonderful pile of printer paper. if you could see all I’m printing these days, you would see why I got so excited.
I am doing a lot of printing for the online Bible classes I am taking. And anytime I can get basically free paper, I am going to do it. And it was basically free.
2,000 pieces of paper for $2.00. Do the math. That’s a penny per sheet.
Not bad huh? It’s colored paper which might be even better as I can organize my files easier.
What can I say?
It’s sad I can get so excited about a pile of paper.
(I also get excited about piles of lumber. But let’s not go there.)
Paper makes my heart beat faster because blank sheets of paper are like an open invitation to write. My mind goes immediately to all the words in the world (even if I don’t them all) and I get so excited.
Again, I know.
If I could find a big pile of those at garage sales, I would be over the moon. 😉
Anyway, don’t judge me. I’ll bet you collect some odd things yourself.🤔a g
That’s it for today.
God bless and have a good day.
Holy cow. This is so exciting.
Today is the first day, I’ve held my physical book in my hand.
Other people have purchased copies but I waited until I got my free books as part of my contract. Everyone told me it looked really good and really professional but it’s been such a long haul, and I ran into a lot of problems so I was expecting to be disappointed.
I’m looking at it and saying to my husband, “It looks like a real book, written by a real author!” Oh, my Gosh. I’m the author!!!
I can’t even begin to tell you what a surreal experience this is.
The book is so professional-looking. I never dreamed it would look so good. The only downside is I wish I hadn’t had to leave out so much. But it’ll end up in the next book or here as an e-book.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
I’m afraid to open it. Seriously. And I am definitely NOT reading it. I already know there are some formatting errors that weren’t caught even though it went through three edits. Did you know there is no such thing as a perfect book? That’s really true. I understand now why actors don’t watch their own movies. It’s like you’re giving birth all over again. Besides, I’ve read it hundreds of times. (So wouldn’t you think I would’ve caught every error? Nope. Most, of the time you are so bleary-eyed you can’t even focus.)
I just want to say, “FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. DON”T GIVE UP.” I almost did that myself. Many times. If it weren’t for my husband, family, and friends, I would’ve stopped months ago.
I give God the glory for this book. “It’s all yours, God.”
My prayer is that people will find relief from depression and anxiety through God’s immeasurable and totally mind-boggling grace.
Now, the tears of disbelief and joy are falling so I have to go.
God bless and have a really good evening.