Imagine an animal with a rope around its neck, struggling for its life in the water. The rope slowly begins to wrap around him, eventually causing this poor animal to drown.
So it is with us when we insist on “saving ourselves”.
Now, we claim to have faith….but do you ever find yourself hearing God say, “Let GO!”
In the movie Finding Nemo, Nemo’s father, Marlin, is quoted as saying to his friend Dory, “How do you know that nothing bad won’t happen?” Dory then replies, “I don’t.”
She gives us an example of true faith.
This summer, I read several books which have encouraged me to reflect on 2 principles God is showing me.
- Calvary Road by Roy Hession: The author speaks on how each time we are completely broken, and at that time our cup (or our life) is empty (or pure). Only then, each time that happens, as God looks into our cup and sees that it is clean, will He fill it to overflowing. But…we must be broken…totally giving up and allowing God to be in complete control of EVERYTHING.
- Rebel With A Cause by Franklin Graham: I was encouraged by a principle that the founder of Samaritan’s Purse, Bob Pierce taught him. It was called God Room. Time after time he gives examples of impossible situations having supernatural answers to their problems. The situation started with a need. Then they realize there will be no way they could meet that need in their current situation. Bob would tell Franklin to step aside and use what he called “God Room”. Supernatural things began to happen. If they would have said no, we can’t do it. Or even yes, we will do this…but do it their way…they would have “wrapped themselves with the rope and drowned”…ending with results that looked completely different.
I have also been reflecting on examples I have been reading in the Bible. Time and time again God uses things I would never have used to accomplish His purpose. For example:
- Moses. He was a prince in Egypt. He was destined to an easy, power-filled life. Then, he committed a murder which forces him to have to leave this life. Murder is a sin. But God used it to bring him humbly to a place where He needed him to be in order to rescue the Israelites.
- Joseph. He was a favored son. He is sold by his jealous brothers into slavery. In this example, his brothers are the ones who have sinned. God used this to put Joseph right where He wanted him to be…in order to again, save His people.
- Elizabeth. In her mind, she was too old to bare a son. But if, with her human thinking (lacking faith) she told God that she was too old, then she would not have become pregnant with John the Baptist…she too had to let go and give up all of her preconceived notions.
- Mary. She was not married. If things were up to mankind, we would not have allowed this to be the way to bring the Messiah into the world. Everyone knows that being pregnant before marriage is a sin. Still, knowing the details, it was acceptable.
There are many, many more examples in the Bible of God using situations that we would never think of. Situations that require us to let go and have faith so God can do what God needs to do.
This is something I have really struggled with this past year. That God is in complete control of all things, yet mankind has free-will and He won’t control us to love Him and to obey Him. So, He allows us (and those we love) to do as they will and to reap what they sow.
Yet, again, He is in complete control. He uses ALL things to bring glory to Him. But He doesn’t use sin…does He?! Ah…the struggles that have been going in my heart!
I mentioned the movie Finding Nemo earlier. I was listening to it while I was babysitting, driving in the car. I heard Marlin say to Dory, “How do you know that nothing bad won’t happen?” I thought about that. This is exactly where my struggle lies.
I am that animal all bound up in the ropes called my thoughts and fears. I hear God saying, you say that you have faith, but you just won’t let go. Let GO and let Me take care of this. Bad things ARE going to happen. This does not mean that something good in the end won’t happen.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (The Message) says:
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
After reflecting on this…I can see that God does even use sin to accomplish His will. That seems to be when we are at our lowest and find comfort at His feet. And, seeing in Calvary Road, this is where we should be in order for Him to fill up our cups anyhow.