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04 January 2012

He Makes My Feet Like Hinds' Feet: Change is What Happens...

It's 2012 and my favorite quote lives on:  "CHANGE is what happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go."  I have no idea who said it, but he was right! 

As this year comes into full swing, with it's strange temperatures and anticipation of newness, I can't help but think about this quote coupled with another from Harvey Miller, who, in response to my frustration of life's circumstances, said, "Go back to the perfect." 

Over the years, there have been a few moments in the not so merry-go-round of life, that I had to stop and get off.  In the midst of raging chaos and confusion, I had to just, "put my foot it", so to speak.  In one most memorable time, the pain in my heart was so severe, I was willing to do anything to make it stop. It was as if I had been walking along a train track, holding tight to Jesus' hand.  At some point I miss-stepped.  I had only gotten off the train track by one step, but, suddenly I realized there was a storm around me.  I hadn't really noticed the storm before, I knew it was there, but it wasn't affecting me.  Now the storm was beating against me, I couldn't see the track and it was too slippery to get my footing. 
I was terrified by what what was going on around me and try as might, I could not get my footing on the track. The words, "go back to the perfect" flooded my heart, all I wanted to do was get back on the track.  Finally, I stopped fighting the panic.  My vision began to clear.  I was able to see, albeit not so well at first, but I could see the track had been muddied by the storm.

Looking around, I realized when I had initially lost my balance and stepped off the track, I not only let go of the hand of Jesus, but I had grabbed hold of something else - on the other side - that I thought would save me.  I couldn't see Jesus and was straining to hear His voice, but as long as I held on to my new found 'salvation' I was leaning, off balance, in the midst of a raging storm and couldn't see or hear clearly.  Finally, the pain of holding on, became greater than the fear of letting go.  It couldn't get any worse than it already was, unless I kept going like I already had been.  In the letting go, Jesus caught me, stood me upright, and put my feet back on the track.   The storm quieted. In the gentle rain, He Who is the Word, became a lamp for my feet and a light on my path once again.  He makes my feet like hinds feet.

If 2011 was a year of sliding off track and holding onto something other than Jesus, be encouraged today.  You may not be a prodigal son in the way you have always thought of the prodigal son.  But remember, the son didn't hate the father.  He just stepped off track for a while.  When he realized the pain and shame involved with the slop he was holding onto, the father was waiting with open arms.

Jesus said, "I AM the way, the truth, and the life."  His words are life.  Any time that we turn to grab hold of something other than Him and His word, have we not become a prodigal?

If your choices in life have landed you in the pig pen, stop and take a moment to do a personal inventory, using the Word of God as your check sheet.  Are you walking in all of the Word that has been given to you?  (Are you holding onto Jesus' hand). Or, are there truths that you know and yet think that your situation is an exception?  (Holding onto something on the other side, expecting it to save you)
[No, you are not holding on to both - you are deceived.]

To him who knows to do right and does it not, to him it is sin.  When you decide that the pain of holding on is greater than your fear of letting go - let go - and go back to the perfect.  He is waiting with open arms!

Change, it's what's happening!