Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Are You Cooperating with the Potter?


Sharing again because I believe we all need this reminder...

Yesterday I shared a review of Lisa TerKeurst's book and study Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food.  And I promised that I would share how God used the food concept to speak to a personal issue I have.

Let me set the stage.

In Chapter 10 of the book, Lisa shares how she battled with the "it's not fair" issue.  Why does that girl get to eat whatever she wants, not exercise, and still look like that, yet when I just look at food the scales move to the right?  Let's face it.  It isn't fair why some girls struggle so deeply with weight while others don't think twice about their daily caloric intake.

But as I read this chapter, the Holy Spirit kept reminding me of my own it's-not-fair issue - having kiddos with special needs, spending hours in therapy, and all of the emotional energy the training my two boys requires.

Using a section from her book, I am going to personalize it to my situation.
When I get all caught up in how unfair it is that [I have kiddos with special needs,] I remind myself that God didn't make [my family] to be ["normal."]  You see, He knew even before I was born that I could easily allow [my ability to discipline] to be an idol in my life, and that I would go to [the control I feel,] instead of to Him, to fulfill my needs.  And in His great wisdom, He created [my children]... so that I would continually be drawn back into His arms.  He wanted me to come to Him for fulfillment, emotional healing, comfort - and if I could go to [my children's behavior] for that and [receive the kudos I desire], well then, what would I need God for?
Do you hear that wisdom?  Read back through this paragraph and insert your own words into the brackets. 

Whatever your struggle is - food, control, anxiety - in His great wisdom, God created us so that we would continually be drawn back into His arms.  Combined with our talents and personalities He knew what struggles we would need to continually bring us back to our knees.

Sure makes our struggles look different when we remember that we are clay, God is our potter.  Seems silly to be uncooperative.

Isaiah 64:8 - But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

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