Daily this “earthen vessel” challenges me to a duel. And daily it reminds me why I am a stranger in this earth. But that’s OK because I’m not alone in this journey. And I’m not without power.
Do you sometimes (or often) feel the temptation to simply give up and give in? I think it’s almost a rhetorical question because I’m sure everyone does at one time or another. The gravity of this world is maybe even stronger than the gravity of this planet. And it pulls on you like lead boots, doesn’t it?
Well, I’d like to suggest that when you feel pulled in two different directions, it’s an indicator that your Creator is working to lift you back up…lead boots and all. It means He hasn’t left you nor forsaken you.
God can lift you back up every time you fall. It only requires humility. Admit you’re unable to overcome the desires of “self” without Him, and let His Word live in you. Then, your trials and tribulations won’t overwhelm you beyond recovery. What an awesome truth to know the one, true, living, loving God of all creation loves you enough to be with you even where you are right now.
As I think about how I am a stranger in the earth, in this life, I take comfort that it’s also the creation of God. He made a world that has everything I need to survive. Oxygen, water, food, sunshine. And He also made a Way I can live forever. That way is Jesus. One day, when I go to live with Him, I’ll be a stranger no more. Do you have that confident assurance? If not, let’s talk.