What, are you doing under your circumstances?

I’m back.  I’m growing again, and I’m not wilting from lack of the Living Water or from Sonshine.  For a while there I was not doing so well, it was my own fault, I can’t blame it on anyone else.  I had gotten out of God’s word and I hadn’t been praying like I should, I felt like I was lower than flea dirt.

Guess what, God in His mercy didn’t leave me there.  Just as He didn’t leave the widow, who had no relatives and was burying her only son, without hope.  Instead, Jesus laid His hand upon the coffin and brought the son to life so the woman could have someone.  She didn’t ask, I doubt in her grief if she even realized He, who is Life, was passing by; but He noticed her, and that’s all that mattered.  Jesus looked upon the widow with compassion and gifted her with the life of her son.  (Please see Biblical reference below.)

Luke 7:11-17  King James Version (KJV)

“11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.  12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.  13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.  14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.  16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, that a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.  17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.”

God doesn’t always do something without our asking Him, why? Because He gave each of us a free will to choose, He won’t force His help on any one of His children.  However, He, in His compassion, may intervene on our behalf anyway, but His preference is to be asked. He likes to hear from us – He is just waiting for us to open that door of communication so He can talk with us, everyday, all day.  It’s also so much better for us when we are reading in His Word (the Bible), and of course offering to Him our unfiltered worship. God desires and delights in a relationship with us, a friendship is a better word – He wants to be our “biggest bestest friend in the whole wide world”.

Do you remember saying that of a friend when you were a kid? What did you do with that friend whom you considered to be your “biggest bestest friend in the whole wide world”? You did everything together, you shared your joys and excitement over something new and fantastic in your lives, you told each other your secrets, your shared your snacks, you comforted the hurts and cried the same tears, and so much more.

This is what God wants from us, He wants to be everything to us, in every part of our lives – the good, the great, the fantastic, the yucky, and the down right nasty horrible. God wants to have this friendship with us so that when the worst happens (and it will because this world is broken by sin and sinful people) He can hold onto us during the nasty horribles and give us peace, because we know He is with us and will get us through it.

Reading the Bible, God’s Word, is very important, it’s His main source of communication with us. Prayer – that’s just talking to Him like you would a friend – is vital because it helps us identify and release our emotions, keep our emotions under control and also helps us keep our circumstances in perspective, through His eyes. But we can’t do these things if we’re underneath our circumstances. At least we can’t do it very well, effectively and to our benefit. Yes, God is bigger than our circumstances, but if we’re trying to see God through our circumstances, it just doesn’t work that way.

We need to seek God before our circumstances so we don’t find ourselves underneath them trying to look through the mire, murk and muck; struggling to find our way to Him. If we are in “tight” with God before our circumstances hit, we can hold those circumstances up to Him in prayer, instead of our circumstances holding us down and perhaps becoming a barrier between us and God.

Jan Karon, one of my favorite authors, has a book called, A Light in the Window, number two in her Mitford Series and if you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. I hope Jan Karon doesn’t mind, but I intend to quote a rather memorable passage from her book I mentioned…

“The salty old evangelist, Vance Hanver, once preached at his mother’s church and told a story he’d never forgotten.  “How’re you?” the preacher had asked one of his congregation. “Oh, pretty good, under the circumstances,” was the reply.  “What I want to know,” said Hanver, peering intently at his audience, “is what is a Christian doing under the circumstances?””

My dear sweet friends if you are finding yourself under your circumstances – call out to God, for He will hear you and bring you forth.