I got some disappointing and sad news from a friend yesterday. A few words in a text message that had the power to shake up my world. I can’t believe how much it has impacted me in the past 24 hours…and maybe its a little silly. There are some people in life that you kinda expect to let you down. But what happens when it comes from a place you least expect it?
Do you have a person, or people in your life who seem like a real life Jesus, walking and talking and living in human form?
There are people that God has brought into my life that have loved me, led me, taught me, prayed for me, cried with me, encouraged me. People who have followed Jesus so closely, His love and grace passionately overflows to everyone they encounter.
There are some people that just seem untouchable. Unshakable. Pillars of strength and faith.
The “go to” people that you can always count on when the rest of the world goes crazy.
When they fall, to say it causes disappointment is beyond an understatement.
If they can’t stand firm, do the rest of us have any hope? How does it happen?
When you know people are praying and pleading and crying out…and it doesnt change, whats next?
I hate that my mind immediately went to the negative. If they are defeated, the rest of us have no chance. I know its lies, I know its not the case…but honestly thats where my heart and my thoughts went.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
I’m seeking to take those thoughts captive. I’m praying. I’m saddened for the lives being affected. I’m over my selfish pouting and am hoping God leads me to a way I can help. I know nothing is beyond reconciliation. A friend reminded me that hope isn’t lost and that He holds all things together.
So today, I am reminded:
* We are all broken at the core and hopeless without Jesus. Not just for salvation, but for our daily lives.
* Don’t allow footholds, leave no room for the enemy. Cling closely to God’s word.
* We NEED community. Desperately. The best tool of the enemy is isolation. Isolation leads to failure, every time.
* Fight. We are all daily in a battle that is very real.
* All people are human. We have faults and will fail, but He never will.
Every choice we make today is creating our tomorrow.
Look to Jesus, not people. He holds all things together.