In an edited, cropped and perfectly filtered social media world, do you ever just feel the need for more real in your life? Like you’re desperately searching for a person whose make-up is … well … not on? Or their hair is clearly on day three since their last wash?
Some days, I just need to know that the ride on the struggle bus is real for other people too, and not in a cute hashtag kind of way. Just real people, walking the path set out before them, day-to-day by the grace of God. Some days it’s just plain ugly and some days the views are simply breathtaking.
Life is real. It’s full of exceptionally high highs, some devastatingly low lows and everything that falls in between.
Walking with Jesus includes the hard journey of trusting God when I don’t see. Surrendering when I know His path is better than my dream. A God-given realization that I am made for more than this world has to offer. An order to set my sights on the things unseen. Believing I am loved by the one who sent His Son to die for me. Seeing my not-so-great moments and knowing He knew that slip in judgment would happen and His mercies are still new each day. Trusting God’s unchanging character when my feelings tell me otherwise.
This is life. Life lived for Him. Because, after all, He said, “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” [John 16]
In my life with Jesus, He has been on a diligent march to bring me from the ordinary into extraordinary. He has used circumstances that were exhausting and exhilarating. Sad and joy-filled. Depressing, yet overflowing with hope.
Christy Nockels has a song “Into the Glorious” and there is a line that says:
This is a heart-cry from my life
To say I love you, God, I love you
So take me deeper, oh
I can hear you calling
Inviting me in
Into the glorious
This is it. The hard times, the pain, searing loss, the disappointment, the grieving, the happiness, the joy of life in Him — it’s Him calling me [us!] into the glorious.
I was made for more. We are made for more.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So, what does our life speak to? Are we allowing ourselves to be poured out as a rich, fragrant offering? Like Jesus? Or, are we scraping and clawing to stop the motion of His gentle hand guiding us down the painful path of refinement? Are we more concerned about our comfort than His splendor?
Who do our lives say that He is?
Not verbally or on social media, but as we do life. Do we realize we fall short of His glory [Romans 8] and so settle into that title like a comfy blanket? Or are we throwing off those hindrances, digging deep and soaring to new heights by the power of the Holy Spirit? Because we can. In Jesus name, we can continually be transformed into His image bit by bit.
Friends, this life is in fact meant for more than this world has to offer. The things that charm us most will burn away. It’s Him. He is the only thing that matters. His will. His plans. His purposes. Those are the things that bring joy in Him.
As we seek Him more and learn to love as He loves, we find we can lie down in the fields of green and find rest in Him. He has got this life. Our only “to do” is to surrender.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Friends, we will all ride the struggle bus. All of us. But with Jesus at the wheel, the destination is always glorious. Let Him take you from the ordinary into extraordinary!
Can you hear Him calling? Inviting you in? Don’t delay another second running into your Father’s arms. His love does not disappoint! There is no greater joy in life than Him. No love deeper, wider, longer, truer, more faithful than His.
Thank you Jesus!