As the season changes from Winter to Spring and dancing on the edge of Summer, I’m enjoying the moderate tempratures, chirping birds and some lovely porch time! On the down side, I think our dryer is shrinking my clothes because surely I didn’t gain any weight over the Winter 🙂
When I blame my dryer for shrinking my clothes, it’s an easy way to ignore my possible weight gain and my need to exercise. Indeed, it’s convenient to blame something external, when we don’t like what we might see inside of us. To this end, finding scapegoats is the easy button to facilitate immaturity, deception, inconsistency and deflecting responsibility.
In full disclosure, there’s nothing wrong with my dryer. When I admit the truth that I’ve gained weight and need to exercise, it’s a healthy step not only for my body, but for my emotions and thoughts. Before we blame something external, let’s sit with what’s inside of us to make sure we’re dealing with reality and not distortion 🙂
“How come all these awful things have happened?” Ever ask God this kind of a question? I think probably everyone alive has asked God some variation of this question & the Bible shows people asking God the same stuff.
I’m reading about Gideon & I seriously appreciate his honesty with the angel at the beginning of their conversation: If God is with us, how come all this stuff has happened to us? This was in reply the the angel’s salutation, “The Lord is with you, valiant warrior”
Gideon’s initial behavior & words didn’t really confirm that he was a valiant warrior & if we are honest, there are lots of times when our behavior & words don’t express that we are valiant. Nevertheless, God knows our substance & potential so God speaks to our true self rather than the smokescreen insecurities we wear. Not only does God call us by our true identity but God also helps us know who He is, as Gideon acknowledges when he experiences God as the Lord our peace in Judges 6:23-24.
So let’s make it a premium value to be honest with God so that we can honestly know God 🙂