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Can Only Be Me: Day 20: Lent Journey

15 Mar

*There is an original poem for today’s post…but you have to read the whole thing to find it!**

 

“Be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs.  God’s strong hand is on you, he’ll promote you at the right time.  It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ- eternal and glorious plans they are!- will have you put together and on your feet for good.  He gets the last word; yes he does.

1 Peter 5-6, 11 (The Message)

au·then·tic: not false or copied; genuine; real

(according to dictionary.com)

God created us to be authentic people.  We are created as unique, yet we spend so much time and energy trying to be just like everyone, or someone, else.  Why?

When did being yourself stop being enough?  Continue reading

Where Are You?: Day 19: Lent Journey

15 Mar

 

 

“God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too- your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful- I can’t take it all in!”

Psalm 139:1-6, (The Message)

One of Micah’s favorite games to play is Hide And Seek.  He’s almost 2 1/2.  He’s not the world’s best hider.  We have been playing the game with him since around his first birthday, and he has gotten much better.  One of us use to have to hide with him, and constantly remind him to be still and quiet.  This usually lasted all of ten seconds before he was wiggling away to go find the seeker.  Then he was able to hide on his own, though his constant giggles would give his position away frequently.  Now, while his choice of hiding spots may not be a surprise, he has learned to be still and quiet when hiding.  I know the day will come soon, when Micah discovers a hiding spot that stumps Aaron and I, and we will walk around the house, calling his name, hoping he answers before I panic and call in reinforcements.

Hide And Seek is a game most of us learned to play at an early age.  It’s also a game many of us think we can play with God.  However, we tend to enlist the Hide only version of the game, hoping God will not seek us out.  Or we wonder if God is seeking us.  I know there have been many times in my life when I ran from God, hoping to hide something I had done.  I knew better; I knew God would seek me out, but I ran anyways.  If I close or cover my eyes, and can’t see God, He can’t see me, right? Continue reading