I’ve been quiet lately. Words have come slower and harder.
But I have been waiting and listening. And something that continues to strike me is the concept of honesty, especially in regards to my God.
I am feeling a lot of feelings in this roller coaster of life. There are good days and there are bad days. And I must continue to preach to my soul and force my feet back towards God. But in this fight I don’t want to be blind and ignore honesty with God. I can’t just cover up these feelings with truth…I need to be honest about my feelings and then point them back to God. I heard a message the other day from Lecrae:
“I learned that God is not afraid of us being honest about our pain or our anger…He’s not afraid of that. He’s like bring it, come on bring it. At least you are talking to me. It’s when you stop talking to me that it becomes a problem.”
This concept is one that is sometimes scary for people in the church. I know it has been for me. But recently I have learned that it is scarier to try and hold back honesty from God. He is big enough for my feelings. He already knows how I feel. Why do I try to hide honesty from my Creator?
“And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13
God knows my heart. He knows my frustration and confusion. He knows when I question Him. He knows me…He freaking made me. He knows. Why do I try and hide my feelings or make them look pretty when He already knows how ugly they really are? Isn’t this what happened in the Garden of Eden…Adam and Eve tried to hide from God. It didn’t really work out for them, and it doesn’t for me either. I need to bring my honest feelings before Him and address them with Him. Part of full surrender is honesty with Him. I need to recognize His sovereignty through my feelings of uncertainty. And I can only do this in honesty.
God, forgive me for trying to hide from you. Forgive me for denying honesty with you, my Creator. Father, you know my heart better than I do. You have woven me together and know every inch of my soul. You know the pains that I have experienced and you know how you have brought me through. You were in control through every season, every day, every moment. Forgive me for forgetting who you are and how you know me. Forgive me for hiding in shame. God…I am struggling in life. I am so frustrated. God, honestly, I am frustrated with you. This time is so confusing and I am tired of waiting. God, you know how sinful my heart is, and you know the fear and frustration that I am fighting right now. God, I am scared, tired, confused, angry, sad…I am full of emotion. And you know all of it. And you can take it. And Father, I know you are there and you are working in all of this. I know that you have not abandoned me. God help point my feelings to truth in who you are. Help me wait patiently. Help me feel peace in your presence. And help me live unashamedly honest about the work you are doing in my life. Help me be honest with you. And help me be honest with others. Because in it all, you are good and you are at work. God, help me live by that truth.
God, please let Your will be done.