It’s like it doesn’t exist

Several months ago I was having lunch with some friends, one of whom has ADHD, so has many similar issues to myself. As the four of us were talking, somehow we got onto the subject of disabilities, God, and His ability to heal.

I shared how when I am doing exactly what God wants me to, the disability seems to disappear, but when I am not trusting God, and trying things my own way, my ASD is very apparent.

My ADHD friend’s eyes lit up. “Yes! That is exactly how it is!”

May we all experience our limitations being lifted by God, especially as we celebrate the ultimate lifting of our lives through Christ’s death and resurrection!

Blessed Easter, everyone:)

First they must make him mad

“If the gods want to destroy a man, first they must make him mad.”

I read this quote today in a Christian historical fiction novel about the first century church. It is the quote of a fictional Ephesian philosophy teacher. But I have found it to be true to life.

To destroy us, Satan (the “gods” of this world) must first convince us that what God says about Himself is not true. Unfortunately, in our natural state, what God says about Himself often does not seem to make sense.  So it can be quite easy for Satan to fool us, if we are not cognizant of our fallen state.

Our understanding of what God tells us can be similar to our children’s understanding of what we tell them. What we tell our children to be truth often does not make sense to them. Our children must be willing to trust us, and as they become adults, they begin to see that what we espouse is true. Just as we must be willing to trust God, and as we become more like him, we are able to understand Him more – though we will never become equal to him, as our children become to us.

I know I have gotten sucked into Satan’s lies. Later, I wonder at how I was so easily tricked – seeing how crazy my thinking was in light of the true safety and sanity (though not always comfort) of God’s ways. Thank God, He has always been there to help me see my way back!

I Corinthians 1:18   For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 

I try to think of them as Darth Vader

I found Darth Vader to be reprehensible by the end of Star Wars episode 4. I absolutely hated him by the end of episode 5. But by the end of episode 6, I really felt bad for him and was thankful that he decided to turn around at the very end.

Years later, when episodes 1 – 3 came out, it was fascinating, then tragic to watch Anakin change from a promising young jedi into the bitter Darth Vader.

I am going to try to keep Darth Vader in mind when I run into people who are bitter and mean. I realize that not every tyrant changes for the better, but maybe, with a little bit of extra patience and love, the ones we run into might soften and change.

1 Corinthians 13: 8 “Love never fails.”

My God IS like that!

I have been having a lot of fun reading again these past few years. I just finished up some books (I love Christian historical novels) by an author that I have come to really enjoy. I found the stories very entertaining and I thought they had excellent messages. But one thing irked me. Throughout both adventures the author used her characters to stress the fact that God does not punish people for bad choices – He loves and forgives.

While I definitely agree that  God is first and foremost loving and forgiving, He very clearly disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6). I have experienced both His mercy and His discipline.

I understand that the author does not want us to consider all of life’s bad experiences to be a result of God disciplining us. I also appreciate the author’s reminder that God forgives and restores us. But those two things do not discount the fact that God does discipline us using tough situations sometimes.

Just like I sometimes give my children mercy, and other times they need to endure some discipline based on what I believe will be the most helpful to them in the long run, so God works to help us become the best that we can be.