You ever have one of those issues or concerns in your life, or as Paul puts it, a “thorn” in your side you just don’t want to face but you know you should? You know you should deal with it, face it and take care of business but instead, you do everything you can to avoid it. You don’t look at it, you don’t think about it and you certainly don’t talk about it. You refuse to acknowledge it and therefor, it doesn’t exist, but…you know it does.
Big breath, exhale. We’re not going there.
We know we should do something but sometimes we just don’t have the energy to face it and deal with it so we go on with our lives. Somehow, someway, through time or distance we hope to escape the issue or hope the fear fades away and we move on but the reality is, we can’t move on or at best, we limp onward. For some of us, we have to deal with these issues and resolve things in order to move (dare I say, run?) fully into the plans God has for us. One has to ask, if they care anything about themselves, what am I missing out on with God by continually avoiding this area in my life?
You know as well as I do, avoiding, hiding or running away isn’t healthy. We HAVE to face these things and to be quite honest, that sucks. Just being honest. But here’s the kicker, God knows it does. He knows it’s not fun and that’s why He is already there.
“What? What do you mean, ‘He’s already there'”?
God is already there, in the midst of your issue/fear/concern and He’s waiting for you.
You see, you don’t have to and won’t deal with it alone.
It’s like this. Let’s say that your issue/fear/concern or whatever it is you’ve been avoiding all these years, is driving a car. The car itself is your ‘thorn’. Here’s what I mean by, “He’s already there.” You ready?
He’s IN THE CAR waiting for you! He’s NOT behind the wheel, that’s your job but He is waiting for you to show up, open the door, get in, turn the key and start driving. You will not be alone in the car, He’s right there beside you!
He’s in the midst of your financial mess, your chronic health crisis, your relationships with your husband, daughter, son, parent, boss, whoever, whatever your ‘thorn’ is.
He’s there and waiting patiently for you to show up. That’s your job in all of this, to show up.
” Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” -Joshua 1:9 The Message.
I want to encourage you to be strong, have courage and show up, because He’s waiting.