“You’re nothing, God, but a mirage,
a lovely oasis in the distance– and then nothing!” Jeremiah 15:18
“That is Jeremiah at prayer: scared, lonely, hurt, angry. A surprise? The indomitable Jeremiah praying like that? All of us experience these things. No one alive is a stranger to them. But do we pray them? Jeremiah prayed them. Everything he experienced and thought he set in relationship to a living, knowing, saving God. And the moment these things are set in relationship to God something begins to happen.” Run with the Horses (Page 100-101)
I read this section in my book last night and immediately underlined it and wrote TRUTH! in the margin.
“Everything he experienced and thought he set in relationship to a living, knowing, saving God. And the moment these things are set in relationship to God something begins to happen.”
I absolutely love this reminder.
After a decade of living on the run, with blinders on, with cotton stuffed in my ears and with a big wall of pride around my heart…THIS is what changed everything for me.
When I finally stopped running, when I finally decided to bring every ugly, angry, scared, doubtful thought to God…something began to happen in me and in my life.
Years ago, I shared the lesson I learned from this choice: “It was at this crucial point when I was so tempted to turn the volume down and walk the other way that I needed to listen to God and cling to Him even tighter. Our human tendency is to rebel and do it our own way. Listening to God even when it hurts takes courage.”
And we can only listen to God, when we choose to be in His presence…to come to Him with all that junk that tells our rebellious, prideful, fear-filled selves to walk the other way instead.
Can I encourage you and I to do one thing today when we are tempted to shake our heads and retreat?
Talk to Him. Scream at Him. Tell him all the reasons you don’t agree with Him. Throw a tantrum in the middle of the living room floor if you must…just don’t walk away.
“the moment these things are set in relationship to God…to a living, knowing, saving God…something begins to happen.”