Admitting out loud (and honestly) that you’re desperate… often means that you risk ridicule from onlookers who may thrive on others who are in pain.
But, don’t worry, those individuals will eventually be in a place where life hits them head on as well, and desperation will shock them!
As a Christian, to be desperate for Jesus to help us, means
- That we humbly have to face our brokenness.
- To see and admit our need for healing.
- We would have to admit we are in need.
- That we got off course.
- That we are hanging on the edge of a rocky place and we are getting scared and weary of the exhaustion.
And friends, we are all at one time or another, all of these things!
We do need Jesus!
Of course we will be reminded, all too regularly by others who are masking pain and doubt, that “desperation isn’t attractive”.
Desperate people don’t look pretty.
But this is who Jesus came for. He came for those who could admit that they can’t do life well on their own and for those who are empty and want the sanity that Jesus offers.
We must let go of our ugliness and be willing to run to Jesus! It doesn’t come easy either!
Accepting the fact that we have bought the lies others have spoken over us, is not easy!
“I spread out my hands to you O God! My soul thirsts for you like a parched land,” Psalm 143:6.
Do you know what it sounds like when God calls your name?
Can you hear the tone, the gentle kindness which he uses when He says your name?
Do you know what it feels like?
Do you feel the softness of heaven’s breath coming near your very soul?
Do you feel the warmth of it all?
As He calls each of our names, He may say something different.
Sometimes, many times – as a matter of fact, He reminds me, “Let go of the past. There is nothing there for you. Go forward. Don’t pause in the road I’ve laid before you and don’t look back for one moment!”
Close your eyes today and “hear” His voice as He speaks softly.
Listen with your heart. Close out all of the sounds.
The ticking away of time, the screaming laundry or dishes, the buzz of your phone demanding that you respond, and especially shut down your own voice that tries to convince you that you are absolutely hopeless or are too broken.
Climb up under a shaded spot – under His shadow, right at His feet and soak in His presence on purpose. Not by accident.
Look at Him face to face on purpose today and He will meet you there.
Listen to what He tells us in His word – at this very moment.
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end — because I AM God, your personal God, The Holy One, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you: That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back.
I’d trade the creation just for you,” (Isaiah 43:1-3).
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.