Give It Up to Jesus
Sometimes the Devil likes to whisper in my ear, “Give up.” Lately, this little destructive phrase has been more like a shout than a whisper. Today I decided to give a reply. I took the Devil’s words and turned them on their head.
“Give it up to Jesus.”
I’ve spent this year in what has felt like a permanent broken state. I wrecked my car. I struggled in my marriage. I lost a friend. I’m leaving a job. I’ve been lied to, backstabbed, and betrayed. I’ve felt shame, fear, and loss. I felt hope only to have it pulled out from under me.
When I’m angrily beating my fists against the wall wondering why I opened myself up only to be hurt by people I cared about, Jesus says, “I was betrayed too. I love again anyway.”
When I’m lying on the floor wondering why I feel empty , Jesus says, “Take my hand and rise. I rose from the ground too.”
When I’m sobbing on the bed in the dead of night wondering why I feel worthless, Jesus says, “I cried out in the middle of the night too. Give me your pain.”
Jesus wants your ugliness, your raw self, your emptiness, depression,fear, worries, anger, and pain. He takes these things and redeems them and heals them.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Him , and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:15-20
I read these words today and I feel God’s grace, truth, and love wash over me.
My plans aren’t His plans. I planned to have an elaborate 30 Dates in November Challenge. I planned to say I wasn’t going to offer the challenge this year. But this is the Devil whispering in my ear, “Give up.”
I’m not giving up. I’m not overwhelming myself. I’m giving it up to Jesus.
God can redeem anything. God can use anything for His glory. I hope and pray He can use my content this November for His glory and for your benefit. I plan to offer a very simplistic challenge on my blog only without additional email content. In the new year, I hope to offer a challenge similar in format to my previous challenges. More details to come.
I don’t know what my future holds. There are many unknowns and unanswered questions and mashed-up feelings trying to get sorted out.
But autumn is here. While many see autumn as a foreshadowing of winter to come, I see autumn as a beautiful reprieve in the midst of two busy seasons vying for our complete attention. Autumn is a reminder of the cycle of life – of birth, death, and rebirth. This is a great time to be alive! Hope is on the horizon.