STOP IT! (I)

There’s a song on the radio I often hear, even daily perhaps. And three words of the chorus often repeat in my thoughts, whether I have been exposed to the tune that day or not. They drop in like unseen raindrops, showering me over and over, until I finally take action, mindfully unfolding my umbrella, creating shelter between them and me. But the words unceasingly pelt , grabbing my attention, over and over.

Christ in me.

 

Alright! I say, in frustration, as I bring down my umbrella, look up and allow the wetness to cascade on my face. The falling rain drops absorb into the corners of my eyes, and into the canals of my ears. I lick my lips of the water, pure and clean. I cannot keep the rain away.

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But what do You want? I just can’t seem to be good enough, ever…..

I bow my head, bend my knees, and sink down into the sodden grass. The rain showers on me, drenching my hair, chilling my bare arms, and soaking my blouse.

I’m tired.

I know Christ, You are within me. I know You call us to shine Your light to others, to be like You in this world, serving, and serving, and serving through all that I do.

And to do these things, all things for You, to show love and obedience, and to become more like You.

Stop it.

huh?

STOP IT!

Stop trying to do things For ME.

huh?

Hear me, beloved, this is the you that tries from you, from your own strength, to be enough for Me.

I am the Light that lives within you.

You can choose to look away from Me within you, at the darkness of you, the you that condemns you, which is not the Me in you.

The you that tells you you are not smart enough, perfect enough, disobedient and failing. 

The you that chooses to try to do good deeds to try to become more like Me. 

The you that tries so hard to follow the rules hoping to lead you to be enough for Me.

Hear me again, beloved, this is the you that tries from you, from your own strength, to be enough for Me. 

But there is another way. My Way.

       Come, look not upon the darkness of you, but look into the Light of you which is Me in you. 

 “Come to me, all you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.  Become my servants and learn from me. I am gentle and free of pride. You will find rest for your souls.  Serving me is easy, and my load is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Serving Me is easy.

How?

Come, rest my beloved, Turn Your Eyes On ME. I am here and you are made in the image of Me. You know ME, then you will know how to be, not the other way around.

Come, let go of the who you think you are and SEE the glorious life I have for you! 

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….I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! Ephesian 1:18-19

I invite you to know ME, as I see you, created in the image of Me.

Know ME than you will know what to do, not the other way around. 

And who are You?

The Light that lives in you. 

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” John 8:12

I stand, my knees unbending, slowly, letting go of their stiffness. The rain continues to fall, washing, washing my skin.

To be continued….

Christ in Me by Jeremy Camp

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21 thoughts on “STOP IT! (I)

  1. Lynn,
    Gorgeous flower photo! I read with wonder what God whispered to your heart about knowing him. I often question if I’m really hearing God speak to my heart or if it’s just my own voice and thoughts and although he speaks so individually to each of us, what he wants is for us to know and experience him. I feel as if that message is confirmed over and over. Our hearts were made to connect with him and although it seems unlikely that the God of the universe, creator of us and everything in the world, wants us to know him, it really is true. Just the message I needed to hear today, friend!

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    1. Thank you Val, I see so many flaws in that flower shot! Yet, that is an example of how my perception is what I choose to see. All those ‘shadowy’ dots place a very unique design on the leaves! And, yes you make a great point that God does speaks so individually to each of us. And wants us to connect so His creation can be exactly how He intended–peaceful and rooted even in the storms. I’m learning this more and more. I actually started this post back in August as a draft, then seemed prompted to finish it. And honestly, just before hitting Publish, I hesitated wondering, is it okay to writing God’s voice in first person like this? I’m not a Sarah Young! And then the song Christ in Me started to play on the radio. I took that as a ‘yup, just click that button, sweetie, I got the rest!’ May you be on a wonderful adventure today, as God shows Himself in ways that make your heart leap!

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  2. This really resonates with me, Lynn. That STOP IT rings in my heart. We try so hard to make ourselves enough for Him, don’t we? And we just need to let go and just be held in the arms of His grace. This soothes my troubled soul – “Come, rest my beloved, Turn Your Eyes On ME. I am here and you are made in the image of Me. You know ME, then you will know how to be, not the other way around.” Thank you. Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. I’m glad you are resting in God as He soothes your troubled soul, Trudy. His love and promises are never conditional, although in our world where goods are only given when we have something to give, it can be hard to grasp. May you see His abundant grace working in your life today Trudy, giving you a heart of peace and contentment. Hugs back to you!

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  3. God is so cool. I just finished sending the following to a couple of my friends:
    Ephesians 3:20 “All glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish more than we might ask or imagine.”
    Do you try and try and try? Let go and let God! Our lives have “become unmanageable” and only a “Power greater than ourselves” can help us. Alcoholics Anonymous
    Thank you Lynn for letting God work through you. (-: Ker

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  4. Hi Lynn! Good fathers tell us how to proceed, so why wouldn’t our heavenly Father do the same?
    Jesus says his yoke is easy and light, and I know that I make it heavy and hard at times. He’ll never ask me to do something I can’t do, and that gives me peace. It sounds like you came to peace after your moment in the rain, but I’ll have to wait to read the next installment.
    Peace be with all of us,
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil, Your words have a deep truth that I know I do forget–that He will never ask what we cannot do.Our mind can be our biggest obstacle with our fears and doubts. May you have week of peace in all that you are called to do!

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    1. Thanks Anna, for sharing that God has been speaking to your heart too! I think it is a message He wants all of us to know for the more we live from His love, the we are able to love others as He loves us. Always so great to see your words here.

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  5. Oh Lynn, this is so powerful. You detailed an interaction so many of us could easily have with Christ. I KNOW I live this struggle every single day. Thank you for this. What an encouragement of TRUTH for my heart.

    CHRIST IN ME! (I love that song- each repeat I cry harder and sing louder… and now I’ll be singing it to myself all night. lol)

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    1. Hi Christine! If Christ in Me did end up being the song you sang to yourself all night, may it have brought joy and peace to you! I think we will always feel the struggle in this world but thankfully God gives us pointers and each other to help us see the truth of who we are. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Ah, I needed this today, this very minute. I’ve long been a doer, rather than just resting in Him, and casting my cares on Him. I’ve struggled with this for a long time, without even realizing this was part of my struggle. My husband and I have had a running conversation along these lines lately as we work through some things, and also about how this relates to walking in the authority Jesus gave us. Bless you, Lynn, for sharing this. 🙂

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    1. Hi Karen! It’s so loving of God to show us our struggles so we can live much more freely, and joyfully. So many of my circle of friends have been discussing conversations around these lines as well. God is alive and working in our world, isn’t He? May you continue to have these Spirit-led conversations with your husband that sound like they are moving you toward truth and peace. It sure is an adventurous journey God has us on, but we know where it leads. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Hi Lynn, your words describe a very familiar setting — a place I find myself often. I’m so grateful for God’s patient reminders to rest in Him. When I do, I find peace.
    Thank you for this gentle reminder to melt into His arms.
    Hugs!
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

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  8. Such beauty and truth Lynn! We get so caught up in believing we know exactly what God is asking us to do that we forget to listen. When we accept Christ as our Savior, He takes up residence and is part of who we are. Too often we fall out of sync with the gentle rhythm He creates because we choose busyness over stillness. Thank you for speaking a truth I need to hear and be reminded of in my own life.

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