Solid

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I’m not really fussy at all. Except when it comes to chocolate.

I don’t require much.

All I want is my chocolate, milk or dark, to be solid. No mystery filling, not a hollow shell. Solid. Simple enough.

Mystery chocolate.

 Those “mystery chocolates,” the ones that you are afraid to bite into for fear of what you’ll get. Sometimes it’s a nice chocolate cream filling and other times it’s some foreign jelly like substance or worse yet, a toothpaste like filling. In any event, it’s simply not fit to be paired with chocolate.
 Hollow.
 But perhaps worse than a mystery chocolate, in my mind,  is a HOLLOW chocolate. Ever gotten one of those? The anticipation of a SOLID chocolate egg only to be shattered, completely shattered, by the hollowness of nothing.

 Our faith and walk with Jesus really is kind of like a box of chocolates.

 Am I a mystery to those I meet?

I admit, my heart isn’t always aligned with Jesus and there are times when it’s easy, in the rush, distractedness and circumstances of life to give off the, “you really don’t know what you’re going to get vibe.” And, there are times when it all looks good on the surface, but go beneath only to reveal some pretty disgusting inside filling. Pride, jealously, bitterness, idolatry.

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

OR

Am I hollow?

The faith and walk that LOOKS solid but when tested crumbles and disappoints. The shell is lovely and enticing, but cracked, it reveals nothing. Lukewarm faith. It looks good, shows up to church on time, but it’s shallow and hollow.

 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Revelation 3:15-16

Every Easter as a child, I would faithfully find a SOLID CHOCOLATE CROSS in my Easter basket.

A SOLID CHOCOLATE CROSS.

That’s what HE was. Jesus. Solid.

He was real. No hiding who HE was. There was never a doubt about how HE lived. Scripture tells us that. No jelly filling in Jesus.

HE certainly wasn’t hollow. When tested he stood firmly on solid ground. Endured the temptations of this world and walked surely in the knowledge of who His Father was. Knowing each step of the way, HIS WILL WOULD BE DONE, even to the point of death. A death He did not deserve. Death for you. Death for me.

SOLID.
Jesus Solid.

I’m the first to tell admit it…living solid is hard. The distractions inundate us; the temptations are around every corner but there is a confidence we have, a confidence in the living Jesus died so that we would never again be alone in our walk toward Jesus solid.

I’m working on solid.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

 Thankfully, Jesus is unwavering and always willing to MOLD us; searching our hearts for what fills it. In grace, He reveals and refines the areas that need convicted and exposed for what they are. Ugly. Unfit filling.  As well, there are times when, in order to reveal the hollowness of our hearts, He may have to break and remake us to remind us that hollow is never His best.

Becoming solid is hard.

Becoming solid is a continual process.

Becoming solid takes a lifetime.

Becoming solid can not be done in my own power; it takes a leaning in and surrender to the only one ever to walk the earth wholly and completely solid.

JESUS.

Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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  1. awesome post my friend.

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