Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 01-04-2011
Psalms 103:2-6– Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
A CHANGE OF COLOR
I walk among the meadows, grasses deep and shiny green.
Wildflowers paint the landscape, none so fair I’ve ever seen.
As I take in all this beauty, my breath’s near taken back,
to think of the Creator, all He’s made, there is no lack.
For He can paint the meadows, wash them clean with heavenly rain,
and He can take a hurting soul and bind up all its pain.
He can take the vilest life and cleanse it for His pleasure.
He can take the coldest heart and warm it beyond measure.
A broken spirit He accepts, a contrite heart He’ll mend,
if we’ll but give our lives to Him and all our burdens rend.
He’ll paint our lives anew, afresh, with colors brightly shining.
Our lives once dark, in pain so drear’, will glisten with refining.
Dear Friends – The colors of life take many forms in our everyday existence. There is the red of anger that is both harmful to ourselves and others, and most destructive if not brought in check. Of course, the green of jealousy and suspicion is similarly harmful and destructive to relationships when ignored and left to run rampant. There is the blueness that comes when one is absolutely depressed, despairing and in dis-ease. And there is without a doubt the blackness of loss and destruction.
But all of these colors can be beautiful when Jesus is made Lord of our lives and we learn to trust Him with emotions and pain. How beautiful are the sunsets with deepest reds in glowing hues? How inspiring and renewing are the meadows thriving with green grasses, dotted with wildflowers; the azure blue sky; the blackened sky at night with stars like glitter blown. It’s all in our perception of life. The beauty is always there for our enjoyment, but in painful circumstances we often lose our ability to see the glory of God, to see the things that really matter in life.
In the human experience it rains on the just and the unjust, bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to “bad” people, in our estimation. But the common denominator here, and the often overlooked solution to any malady, is our God. He is in control of all. His way is the best way at all times. And blues are little more than anger turned inward, a depressive state fed with self pity, perhaps confusion, maybe even a “life isn’t fair” attitude; certainly we become angry with ourselves when we feel used and abused, rejected or discarded. Our reaction is usually one of shock and dismay that we could have been so short-sighted as to allow someone else to get the “upper hand” in our lives and circumstances.
In the pain of life, no matter what form it may take, we are easily distracted and soon find ourselves looking for a way out. The severity of the stress and anxiety is a good indicator of how quickly we will take our eyes off of our Savior and begin to dwell on our circumstances. How precious though that we have a God that loves us so much that none of the tangled web we feel trapped in can keep us from His “lovingkindness and tender mercies”. He never leaves us and is pouring all His “benefits” into our lives daily. He forgives all our iniquities, heals all our diseases, redeems our life from destruction, crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. So why do we miss it so often? I believe a great part of our “missing it” in life is simply unbelief and guilt. Perhaps we don’t feel worthy of so great Love. Maybe we’ve tried to earn our way to Christ through works and good deeds. Whatever keeps you on the path of disbelief and condemnation needs to be examined. For scripture says Christ didn’t come into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.
Beloved, scripture says in Psalms 103: 10-14 – that “He hath not deal with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” So knowing this, that God doesn’t treat us as we deserve, He knows we’re only human with human frailties and weaknesses, but still He has pity on us, should give us pause to reconsider the state of our emotions in trying circumstances. These “ugly” colors can be beautiful and even useful when committed to Christ. And as regards self pity, I figure if God pities me I can’t spend too much time feeling sorry for myself. After all, His pity must certainly accomplish a good in me my own self pity cannot even touch. And above all, after you’ve walked with the Lord for a long time, you come to the point that you can commit the “mess” you’ve made of your life to God knowing He can turn it into a message, a message that you can share with others in their time of need. You accept the trials and testings knowing this too shall pass and your test will become a testimony, again which you can share with those God has brought into your life to further their progress and give encouragement. If hard times come don’t be shocked or dismayed. If the bottom drops out, do not give up or get discouraged for God is right there with you, always leading, always loving, we just have to let Him have His way. Yes, it all becomes worth it in the end because the gospel is furthered and you allowed God to get the glory, all because you chose to submit to Him and trust Him with your life, the good, the bad, and the ugly, the trials and tests, and every mess you may find yourself in that seems utterly impossible to fix from a human perspective.
So let God execute righteousness and judgment in your life, for according to scripture, if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life then you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Let Him vindicate you for revenge is not ours to take, it is His and He will repay. But above all, take your eyes off the pain, the problems and distractions, and fix them on Jesus, our healer and deliverer. Let Him settle you and establish you. He said He would never leave us or forsake us so know that He is with you in the pit or on the pinnacle. Let that refining fire do its work in your heart until the glistening becomes a reflection of Christ, all of His beauty, His love, His compassion and care, His undying devotion to His children. Let your colors so change that Jesus is all those around you can see. You’ll be blessed to be a blessing, your life will become a testimony of God’s grace and mercy, and in the sweetest of ways you’ll never be the same. No matter what color your life is now, Jesus can paint you “beautiful and precious” as my friend, Jon Freeman, so eloquently states in his poetry. “Do unto others” is still the golden rule, and still the best way to let your Light shine to a dark and hurting world.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Num 6:24-26
In His Love,
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