Neck Deep In Disobedience


So needy for grace today? So needy for just some assurance that it’s ok and it’s alright and nothing will touch you that isn’t God filtered and God ordered and God ordained? Yeah, we’ve all been there, and we know that sometimes God allows the bad to save us from the worst of stuff. Ponder Jonah the Prophet and his story of rebellion against a God, who had given specific orders. Think of the stench he was allowed to be swallowed up into in order to survive the wild storm on the sea ~ all because of his rebel spirit. Yeah, for sure, one would really wonder what the worst of the two evils really was? The belly of the fish threatening to digest or the wicked waves that threatened to pull him under for the last time? Ahhh, but His sovereign God knew and because he wanted his attention, He orchestrated it all and in Jonah’s disobedience he had to struggle with not only himself and his bad attitude, his precarious situation and his hardened heart but his neck-deep consequences of sheer rebellion. He kept getting in deeper! His ‘On The Run” caught up with him at God’s command and yet, in God’s mercy and grace, his pit of despair became his transport to safety. Oh, yeah, we may find ourselves in neck- deep in the thick of bad choices and we may find ourselves being swallowed by unpleasant surroundings, but we can always be sure, God has His eye on us and He cares, oh yes, he cares and even in the pit, He’s got you and He desires nothing more than your undivided attention. Jonah couldn’t escape or get away from God or disobey Him without consequence, but he never found himself beyond the reach of God’s grace. Nor do we, not even for a moment in our journey. So ~ On the brink of drowning Jonah prayed for help, for life, and for God’s presence to be renewed in his life and God heard! He rescued him and used him in spite of his hardened heart and his anger.
Know today, that God doesn’t need perfection but just a willingness to be obedient. He desires to snatch you from the jaws of death and pit of despair where you find yourself today. Let Him come to your rescue and be your salvation, and just as He managed Jonah’s situation let Him manage yours!
~k
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“I sank beneath the waves and waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head and I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock and shut forever. But you O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!”
Jonah 2: 5, 6

In The Shadows

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So despair has left you bent and broken, shattered and frazzled? No escape? What now? Where do you turn in your moment of it? In the long hours of it? In the days, the weeks, and the months of it? Maybe the years of it’s never ending chaotic twists and turns when it relentlessly hunts you down to tear you apart much like a wild animal stalks it’s prey? The heavy heart it carries makes it so difficult to move forward ~ to even take a small step let alone make it to some place of destination. Maybe the despair is depression itself that has you caught in it’s web, entrapped you in it’s sticky, circle of poison, relentless to let you go! Yes ~ for sure ~ What now? Sight and insight is limited with high walls ~ dark and cold! Choices are difficult! Thinking is impossible! Who can see through it?

Well, right there, and right now, know that you are loved by a God who is right there and right now beside you, ready to shelter you under His wing of protection and love you just for who you are, in that total mess and heap of confusion that you feel inside. He’s ready to carry you when you can’t move and bless you through the good and bad. He’s ready to grace you over the next step, the next hurdle, and through the deepest and steepest of valleys ~ just because He cares! When you can’t see past the shadows ~ even your own shadow, trust Him there ~ in the dark, for the sun shines and the Son shines bright in the shadows! Grasp the hem of His garment of love there even when it’s not felt nor understood ~ because it never will be understood. It goes beyond anything that we can imagine! It’s just the way God is and it’s His perfect presence there now ~ for you!

Ephesians 3:17-20
And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able through His power to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think

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The Son Shines In The Shadows