The greatest thing I’ve ever learned.

The greatest thing I’ve ever learned…

When God says “no”, it’s because He’s trying to protect me from pain, from damage, from bad memories, or from selling out for a cheap fix.

When God says “no”, it’s because there is something better.

Sometimes that means waiting. Waiting. And more waiting. For His best. Not giving in to something cheap.

But we must not forget that there is nothing we can do to lose His love. He forgives. He can redeem anything. He can take anything. ANYTHING and turn something in it for good.

He’s a father. A perfect father. And good fathers always want the BEST for their kids. Not a cheap imitation that will leave their children feeling broken, empty, used…

Think on it. Rest in it. Ask Him if there is something that you are selling out on. Are you accepting a cheap imitation rather than waiting for the best? Sometimes the imitation doesn’t look like an imitation. It can look like the real thing… for a while.

And if you are waiting… Hang in there. God is near. And the best is ALWAYS worth the wait.

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7 thoughts on “The greatest thing I’ve ever learned.

  1. This post reminded me of an analogy I heard recently from our pastor. He and his six-year-old son were in the car, and the child was in the back seat playing with a recent Lego creations. The little boy had worked long and hard on his Lego “ship” and was very proud of it. Suddenly, his father stopped the car too quickly and the treasured Lego ship slid off the seat and onto the floor of the car, shattering into pieces … if anyone has children, you know that the boy’s heart shattered into as many pieces as the Lego! Sadness and crying ensued … along with anger and blame. “Daddy! Why did you let this happen? You have to put this back together … why did you do this to me?” Although this seems harsh, his son, tucked away in the backseat of the car, did not have a view of the big picture and could only see his own loss and his father’s apparent lack of concern for what was important to him. As his father recounted this story to us he said, “My son could not possibly have seen the enormous deer that ran out in front of our vehicle, requiring me to stop short in order to save us from hitting the large animal, avoiding injury and possible death. All he could see was the stopping short and, subsequent, shattering of something he loved and had worked hard on.”

    I absolutely loved this analogy b/c, so many times, people walk away from God, or are angry at Him b/c He has allowed something or someone treasured in their lives to “shatter” or, at the very least, be removed — be it for a season or for good. We have such finite and limited vision and, if we can only get a handle on His loving nature — He cannot lie, He cannot be unfaithful, He has a plan and it IS perfect, He always, always bring beauty from ashes and joy from mourning — we will see that, as we look back over our lives (even the worst of times), His lovingkindness has never failed us. Ever. I LOVE that we serve a God whose “no” is simply another expression of His infallible love and infinitely perfect plan for us, so that His Son can be further glorified in us and through us. In most cases, we can’t possibly see the big picture …

    Love, love your blog! I am new to it (from Atlanta) and can’t wait to dig in …

    1. Thanks for that analogy. It’s very true. We just can’t see it all. And I’m so thankful that He understands that too. He made us with our finite understanding. I do not think He is upset when we come to Him with our broken hearts and dreams. He loves us back into healing if we are willing to trust Him… even when it seems like chaos to Him. Welcome, Amy!

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