Thursday, April 7, 2011

I Used to be Veruca Salt

Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!
~ 1 Peter 1:3

I had days where I would fall on my knees and plead, almost angrily, with God to give me the tools I need to follow him. The stresses of life easily blinded me to the goodness of God. I know over the past year I have begun to embrace all that the Lord provides for me. That wasn’t the case before 2010.

I got so caught up in things of this world that I was more focused on me and “why was God allowing me to be miserable”. I had it all backwards. Like Veruca Salt, I wanted it all—money, fame, happiness, holiness—I wanted it all and I WANTED IT NOW!!! My spoiled brat attitude drove me deeper and deeper into a feeling of worthlessness and depression. I was going the opposite direction of God.

It wasn’t until I dropped the big baby act did I finally find God—I had moved, not him. He began to show me what he had already done to help me get to know him on a personal level. It was all right in front of me and I was completely blind to his love. His faithfulness along with my wife’s patience and prayer helped me to come home.  

When God sends you an invitation don’t make the mistakes I made and throw it into the big pile of busyness we call life. It’s an invitation to bring you peace and happiness. An offer to have your burdens unloaded and your soul filled anew with God’s love. The greatest thing I have come to discover is that I truly have a friend in Jesus—a friend who loved me enough to die for my sins. What a wonderful Savior I worship!

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