Snots, Tears and Tantrums... Oh MY!
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Today’s Special is: Snots, Tears and Tantrums: A Recipe for Relinquishing Control to God
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Tiffany Wilson
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Psalm 84:11 NIV
Gosh! I feel like I should’ve been writing this Entrée post when I was face down on my bedroom floor with a yucky mixture of tears and snots dangling from my cheeks. Yea I know! Not pretty, but true. That’s when I was in the midst of one of my many classic “Why ME?” battles with God . You may know how it goes.
Whhhyyyyyy me-eeeehhhhhh God?!? in a load roar, followed by and endless flow of tears. Then, if you’re anything like me, you do your best to list, out loud, all of the reasons why you shouldn’t be experiencing what you’re experiencing or better yet, why you shouldn’t be denied what you desire.
Okay, so maybe it’s just me. ;)
When I think back, my heavy heart and frustrated tone towards God was laced with fear and sincere sadness. I was sad because I wanted what I wanted, a nicely built and communicable husband! And, I didn’t want what God wanted, ME in seminary?!? I barely knew Jesus’ story. How could I go to seminary? And, again—I whaled, Whhhyyyyyy me-eeeehhhhhh God?!? Ugh.
Fast forward to today, I’ve been in seminary since 2009 and I’m scheduled to graduate May 2015 with a Master’s in Divinity. Crazy, yet cool!
Did I submit to God’s lead easily?
Nope, soooo many snotty days and nights, but gradually I could see and sense that God was encouraging me to choose ‘my’ BEST life, over the drudgery of doing life ‘my’ way. Did I ever think S-E-M-I-N-A-R-Y was apart of my BEST life, nah—but it absolutely is!
Now, I have joy and I’m on an adventure, discovering my God given purpose(s).
Maybe, you can you relate? Asking God, why ME? Possibly, you’re just hesitant to follow God’s lead or sad because you’re not getting what you desire out of life?
Don’t fret, saying yes to God’s plan isn’t easy, but it’s full of goodness and favor.
And, oh if you’re wondering, still no husband, but I’m trusting God’s infinite wisdom, plus I’m certain God’s NOT going to withhold “no good thing” from me (Psalms 84:11). It’s ALREADY better than okay because God is in control.
Worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24). For me, it was incessant tears and questioning God Why ME? God has an everlasting love for you, cry out or whisper, but be truthful about your angst and concerns.
God thank You for being real, sometimes it is so difficult for us to truly grasp Your realness and Your heart towards us, so please continue to help us see You in new and fresh ways, help us to block out controlling voices, even our own, and help us to know Your voice or guidance. Help us Lord to trust and be obedient to the one thing You are telling us today or told us yesterday. Grant us the courage to believe You at Your word and to fight to see it through. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 NIV
For further reading, I suggest What On Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren and Victory Over the Darkness by Neil Anderson
For more encouragement, visit Tiffany at Tiffytalks, where she blogs about seeing God throughout life in fresh and unexpected ways. She uses practical approaches to inspire women to be spiritually, mentally and physically in tune, so they can live intentionally and love fully. Currently, she works with small groups of women in their TwentySomethings encouraging and coaching them to live and love well from a Christ-centered perspective.
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