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Under His Wings

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He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge; Psalm 91:4

Is there a place in your heart that you seem certain that nothing or no one can reach? Is there a pain that gnaws at you that seems like it will never go away? Even though you function well and encounter the lives of others and give them your undivided attention… do you personally thirst for a healing that doesn’t seem to come? “Feelings” mask and confuse so much in our lives.

The patterns often trace back to what troubled us from our earliest beginnings. In this modern world we have become so side-tracked that we don’t stop to think how much damage Satan has inflicted on us. He’s very good at trying to cover his tracks and distract us so that we don’t sense the solution to the simplest of life’s complexities.

From the first day of God’s ministry through me, I have maintained a transparency that many have noted as meaningful and powerful to themselves. I have been painted many colors I am not. Sometimes when you get too close to the wound that has not healed in a person or an institution, they become deflective and reactive in ways that seek lay blame or guilt where it is not appropriate.

We’re all wounded birds on this earth. Some seek healing and others don’t want you to see their wound. They’re busy covering it up and pretending it’s not there. I speak and communicate with many who are in excruciating pain. So much so that they can’t see the immeasurable value that God places on their lives. I suffer still suffer from this at times. Although much more brief than when I wasn’t acquainting myself with Jesus.

It’s really something to contemplate how billions of people are navigating each day while these emotional, deep-rooted pains are like a bag of rocks we dragging around with us. Much of the disturbance is unnecessary. We actually get used to this weighted discomfort. It becomes a protected disturbance we don’t want to confront.   Confrontation….  Interesting… In avoiding confrontation we prolong the effects of that which originally wounded us and never experience the healing that is possible.

From time to time it shows up in my mirror.  What’s different today is that I am more intimately connected to Jesus and I know and believe that He has the solution which He freely offers me. But I won’t experience the freedom and victory unless I let go of the problem. Give it to Him. Stop taking it back and trying to fix it myself with previous, proposed antidotes that don’t work.  LET GO! “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 

 It’s amazing how simple many of God’s concepts are. We often do a pretty bang up job of complicating them.  And then we do our best to shirk any responsibility. 

In the few years that I have been walking with Jesus, I see where I have done this, where the church has done this and where many acquaintances and leadership does this. Often there is a boomerang effect. I can’t change the world and it’s not my assignment. You know… you feel like you want someone, or some group to experience the same clarity and conviction you have. We might be God’s servants and instruments at times, but it’s not our job, nor within our power to be someone else’s conscience. This can lead to a lot of disappointment and damaging feelings that we need not experience.

Jesus tells us to keep our focus on Him.  He is the truth and the light of the world and with Him, you can experience the peace and joy that He promises.  Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Humility isn’t always comfortable. It involves self-denial.  Denying control.  Denying the ability to fix something that needs to be surrendered to Jesus. Becoming one with God and putting Him in control. Resting in Him. Accepting His peace and experiencing the joy that comes from knowing that in Him, all things that please Him are possible.

Over and over Jesus continues to teach, lead and guide me. He never abandons us.  He never gives up on us. As a parent, it would seem that He would grow weary and agitated with us for being such slow learners.  But He only wants good for us.  He wants us to experience all that He offers. He’ll protect us if we allow Him to. We think in terms and intellect that we equate with His knowledge. We think so highly of what we claim to know and we get puffed up. Jesus wants so much for us to be as children and keep coming to Him to learn of His goodness and His ways… His instructions. Follow Him. I know I get in front of Him far too often and He can’t demonstrate to me what I would greatly benefit from.

Take refuge in the feathers of His wings. He is a God of His Word. Stop guarding yourself and let Jesus in to where He can bring about the much needed healing.  I can say that I have had far too few, but most precious and powerful experiences in total and complete surrender.  He blows me away. He can take bad circumstances and past history and bring correction and good from them.

Thank you Jesus for such warm, tender compassion. Thank you that I can always trust you. 

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