1 Peter 5:10 “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
One of my favorite chapters, this verse in particular popped up on a day I most needed to hear it. At least that’s what I wrote in my journal, and I remember being grateful for the word. I can’t recall what the issue was, and I didn’t write it down. I wrote that it had me questioning my ability to be faithful and grow my faith. The problems of this world truly are fleeting. The key for me was understanding that I can’t grow my faith and be faithful on my own. I needed God and I had to let Him in.
My pride root runs deep, so deep that I didn’t even know it was there. A few years ago if you were to ask me if pride was an issue, I would have honestly said no, and in the natural world it may have been the truth. I have these crevices I’ve learned to glide over. Crevices that came about from allowing corrupt roots to grow unchecked. It’s how sidewalks start to crack when tree roots grow under them, and eventually bulge and buckle. The owner of the tree is waiting for the city to fix it, and the city is waiting for the owner to fix it. Meanwhile you have to negotiate the sidewalk, going to the left or to the right. Not sure if it’s safer to step out closer to traffic, or on someone’s property.
Psalms 119:105 “ Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
God has me tripping over what used to be easy to walk with, and is leading me on a new path; a path that can be uncomfortable, but is always safe. I’m grateful because I don’t want to get hit by a car trying to avoid my root, nor argue with a neighbor over where I’m going to walk. What I’ve come to realize is that my pride had talked me into denying God’s calling for me. What I’m excited for is where His path will take me.
Isaiah 43:19 “Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”