Wednesday, April 07, 2010

He's not safe but He's good . . . Lucy from Chronicles of Narnia

"If we let the Lion of Judah run loose as Lord of our lives, He will not want us to be poor, broken or sad. Yet He may allow it, knowing that in these conditions we are more likely to let Him make us rich, whole and happy. If you let the real Jesus into your life, the God whose supreme desire is your happiness and fulfillment, you will want to throw out anything that is going to stop you from reaching His Kingdom."
Brennan Manning, The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus Pgs. 112-113

When he says God wants us to be rich, whole and happy, I believe God might define that differently than we would. Not rich as in the wealth of this world but as in the riches of the Kingdom of God, and not happy as in all our circumstances are easy or fun but finding our happiness in what is true happiness, which is finding we were made for: an intimate relationship with God. That is to me the desire of God's heart and why we can trust that His intentions for us are deeply good. And that all He allows in our lives is to bring us to that end, a relationship with Him that makes us whole, what He originally intended us to be. Like the relationship He had with Adam and Eve in the garden before the Fall.

Lamentations 3:19-33 (The Message)

It's a good thing to hope for help from God
I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there's one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He's all I've got left.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It's a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It's a good thing when you're young
to stick it out through the hard times.

When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The "worst" is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won't ever
walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.
His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard,
in throwing roadblocks in the way:

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