We enjoy a pleasant drive now and then. We like the time in the car, my husband and I. We read to each other, we talk, we listen to music, we grumble about other drivers. It’s a time away from the usual four walls.
This time, our drive had a destination. Newish friends who’ve grown precious over the last couple of years. Sharing common interests of global proportions deepens these unique friendships.
One new friend in particular just-clicks from the first moment we see each other. Jumping into our conversation without skipping a beat, we covered new territory as I listened about anticipated adventures just ahead. Her role is shifting in her far-away home and she’s eager to see what unfolds after her rest here in the States.
Words of encouragement with insights drew me closer into our conversation. He knows the plans he has for us, she reminds me – and waiting is sometimes what we do before we are ready to launch into the next thing. It meant a great deal at this seemingly endless cross-roads in my life.
Others were mingling and feasting around the shared meal we all contributed to. Soon, we were joined together in one room to worship, to share stories, and pray for those we love in other lands and some sitting in that same room.
It was at this time of sharing – the LIE reared its ugly head.
The LIE that forces its way into my head and blurs my vision. Blocking my view it tangles with my heart.
I’m not the only one who knows this experience. It’s so common for some that the LIE becomes truth. It is ingrained so deep in belief that no matter where you look, or what you hear, everything feeds and confirms that belief.
You’re not as educated, or as wise. Someone has better experience and insight than you. It’s all been done by someone else…better.
And, so, as I listened to the stories shared…I recalled my own life-changing experiences in the beloved Nest across the ocean. I recalled precious and treasured memories impacting my life forever. But, these were not for me to share because the LIE was gripping.
How does that happen so quickly? From a pleasant drive and conversation to outright fear within minutes? I was frozen..and resigned.
Yet, it was when we turned our attention to prayer that my vision cleared and the weight lifted. I felt rest and joy while giving glory and praise only to God through Jesus our Lord. There was no competition. No comparison. No judgement or opinion. Jesus takes me as I am, where I am. He wants communion with me.
It is good to share our stories and to hear others’ experiences. Everyone is in a different place and God’s glory is manifest through each of us. Therefore, we ought to share …. with joy…. sometimes in tears …. and most often with thanksgiving.
In this battle, I know I’m not alone.
I’m reminded once again…
The word “AS“ makes the truth so clear and gives great peace.
The Lie is ever looming, but in those ugly times, giving praise and glory to the One who truly is…TRUTH…will bring strength and increased faith.
This is where I rest.
Do you believe a lie? How has God revealed His truth to you?