Saturday, October 11, 2008

White Picket Fence


It seems I spent a lot of time as a little girl imagining living in a cute house with a white picket fence. I think most girls daydream about such. What is it about a white picket fence that we like? Maybe it's the order of the pickets. Maybe it's the clean lines. Maybe it's that they are white, clean, pure.

I like my life to be like a white picket fence. Orderly, clean, pure. I don't like any messes or anything that takes away from the orderliness of it. I don't like unexpected events that will change my world. Sir Isaac Newton said, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Yep. I like routine. I like everyone I love to be doing well all the time.

When I think about order and balance I think of God. He is a God of order and balance. Look at the perfect creation. It's amazing. He worked 6 days and on the 7th day he rested. Balance.

But our lives aren't like that, are they? A friend or loved one gets sick, a loved one moves away, a divorce, a child having trouble in school, Bulimia, someone with a drug addiction, death, car accident, law suit. Messy. Hurtful. Paralyzing.

I remember a particularly difficult time in my life. I felt paralyzed with the inability to change a bad situation. Through tear stained eyes I cried out that I couldn't do anything about the situation. Hopeless. Powerless.

Then...I realized what a position of power I was in because

"He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I'm so thankful that the Holy Spirit comforts us in our weakness, powerlessness, paralysis and general messes. Our father is so loving to provide the peace that passes all understanding.

So, when I look at my life through the windows of my soul and see this...an abandoned old wreck of a house

I can rest...and boast about the greatness of God and become this.
Thank you, Father.

Living in sunshine,
Lila

3 comments:

Sheryl said...

Oh my goodness, I have just read every single word on your blog. I have so much to say that I don't know where to begin!!

First off, I love the look of your blog - it just feels right, if you know what I mean. It flows, it's pretty, great font (I know, I'm weird)

You have such a great mix of laughter and tears. You draw the reader in. Talent, wow you have it. Then when I read the post about why you are Lila - I had to laugh outloud. I know that I am Sadie, I mean I'm Sheryl, but again, you know what I mean.

I am putting this on my favorites and in my sidebar immediately. What a gift God gave me today when He led me here (through Suzanne's blog). My visits will be as often as you write.

Thrilled,
Sadie (oooh, I love how that looks)

Linda said...

So... that's twice today (In the past hour) I've heard "My grace is sufficient"

Thank you.

Linda
www.stalkedbygod.com

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