Safe Place

I would like to start off with an image. Imagine you are a little boy or girl who has discovered something to them to be important and even mysterious. You don’t understand what it is that you have discovered but you take your discovery to someone whom you value and trust. This person would be a person with whom you have a good relationship with, and respect for their wisdom or insights. Since it is something you are only trying to understand you need to be sure that the person is a “safe place” to bounce your thoughts off of and get their feedback. So excitedly you bring your discovery to them and they shoot it down immediately. The thing you were excited about has become evidence to that person that you have wasted your time and furthermore implies that wasting time on such things makes you a bad person. How would you handle that?fear

Do you think you would become vulnerable to them in the future? It is hard to navigate the tricky waters of relationship with others when you stop looking ahead for the landmines. Most of us have them I’m sorry to say and they seem to catch us in our vulnerable moments. After all if we had remained more guarded we may have sensed that there was something lying in the dark waiting for that unsuspecting soul. But when you feel safe you leave your heart open because this is when real relationship can take place. If the heard is guarded you will save yourself a lot of pain but you also limit yourself to a realm outside of love.

The bible talks about the wisdom of guarding ones heart above everything else because out of the heart flow the issues of life. A heart that has been wounded needs attention from God right away. He has exactly what is needed to make the necessary repairs to you. Left to your own your heart will grow cold, bitter or just hard. You will no longer be the man or woman you were and you will not be able to help anyone down the road with others in trouble.Cleft_

So the first impulse you may have, is to run from this friendship! It is not the way to go if you want to move forward in life. I have tried to withhold love, friendship etc. from people for a wound I received from their words, and I have lost things because of it. The devil will perch on my shoulder and tell me that I was wrong about such a person from the very beginning and should never have trusted them in the first place. I for one, struggle not to listen to the evil one. “Oh Jesus come and speak to me”, should be what I say right away and then I will have my shepherd right there to guide and comfort me. What He will reveal will be just what I need.

So if you think a person is your safe place to share you may find yourself getting hurt once in a while as we are all people in progress. I wish I could tell you that I am always a safe place for people but I can’t but Jesus I really want to be. I do know that if we want to grow and transform we need to just forgive, give the pain to Jesus, love again, and get back on the path He has called us to and that folks is what I find myself……. Just Thinking

Psalm 31

WHO WANTS TO BE PICKLED?

Jams

How many of you out there like “preserves”? Who doesn’t like strawberry jam on a fresh buttered roll. Berries in my part of the world are strictly seasonal. So if you want to experience them anytime of the year then jamming or preserving them is the way to go. I decided to look up the meaning of preserve and here are a couple of examples.

to keep alive or in existence; make lasting:

to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.

So nothing too surprising there. “Preserves” have moved way beyond that of fruit and vegetables now though. Every time we turn on any media it stares us in the face. The message is clear. Preserve yourself by wearing this makeup. It will take 10 years off your appearance! images

How about the various exercise machines that will preserve that youthful body of yours! Invest here so in your later years you will be able to retire in comfort. ( Life can be preserved ) Here are the things you need to eat to “STAY” healthy. This list goes on but I am sure you get my point.

The question that comes to mind is; “What is so great that you want to hang on to?” This was never the plan for us by our creator. Just read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Here are just the 1st two verses. For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven.2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.

Many of us are uncertain of what may come next and so we drag our feet thinking when the time to die comes that we lose everything at that point. Proverbs 3 ( the book of wisdom ) tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Life is meant to be lived to the fullest and hold nothing back. Our end goal is not to be pickled, jarred, or canned but to step out of this temporary living arrangement and step into the kingdom where all our enemies are gone. Sickness, fear, hatred betrayal are all behind us. There will be no preserve advertisements or dissatisfaction with oneself. The only regrets we will have there is when we reflect back of why we didn’t risk our lives for the sake of love. Not following a path that is prepared for you to walk. Perhaps not taking the hand of Jesus and ending up in a place where all your enemies are.

All of us will die and that is for sure. Maybe today is a good time to reset. Maybe it’s choosing to die in the waters of baptism and being raised in Christ the one and only real preservative for us. Maybe you have done that already but like me have bought into the lies that a wise person needs to preserve your self and so life has become nothing. They are all questions that we need to ask ourselves. There was already provision for you to live for eternity with the one who loves you most.

There is a better plan then just getting “pickled” or at least that is what I find myself.………. “ Just Thinking”

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