Bring It On; He's Got Me
If I weren't a believer, I would definitely say that the universe is trying to tell me something but since we both know that I love me some Jesus we know that this is the Lord speaking.
Recently I read a quote from one of my favorite writers, Sarah Bessey, which followed an intimate conversation I had with my mother. Both women seemed to be guiding me to not only remember who I have always been but whos I am and what my Creator has been requesting from me.
"There is something wondrous about flinging open the door to the thing that scares you and saying, 'Bring it on.' " Sarah Bessey
"Abigail you've always been like that since you were young. You don't know fear. You never allowed the unknown to stop you from meeting new people and doing what you wanted. That's who you've always been." - Mom
I have been pondering on the timeliness of both quotes and what I have been hearing from God recently. Instead of wondering why and when I forgot how fearless I was, I have begun to accept these declarations and ask God to do what I had put on the back burner for so long: push me till I reach my limit, then push me some more.
Though, as fearless as my request may sound, I cannot hide the fact that no matter how bold I may seem, the realization that I'm merely human is humbling. Remember that first quote at the beginning of this post? I wrote it in my journal when I was a junior in high school on my Tumblr (see, I told you to follow my Tumblr. I stay dropping new nuggets left and right…and hold your comments because I know that wasn't proper grammar. My blog, my language).
Never once did I think a simple dialogue between God and I would reach so many people, and I'm forever grateful that God used me as his instrument to do so. Though, I couldn't help but wonder what happened to that teenage girl that published that post.
"She's still here." - God
I thought that I had lost my fearlessness but instead that courage I had then needed to mature. It needed to be pruned so that it could bear more fruit. Yes, I was always daring in my social and personal life, but I needed to grow. Instead of worrying about the what-ifs, God wanted me to allow him to take me deeper into the ocean of faith that we had embarked upon.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. '
- John 15:1-2 (CSB)
'I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord , do all these things. ’ That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord , and there is no other; I am the Lord , and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, “Rain down, you heavens, from above, And let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord , have created it. “Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’? Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?’ ” Thus says the Lord , The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. I have made the earth, And created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded. I have raised him up in righteousness, And I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city And let My exiles go free, Not for price nor reward,” Says the Lord of hosts. For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.'
- Isaiah 45:4-13 (NKJV)
It's true; there is something marvelous about kicking fear in its…(you know what) and saying, "okay life, bring it on!" It's realizing that you aren't just a fearless beast of nature but an eternal being that is forever protected and guided by the most exceptional being to have ever existed: God!
I sincerely believe that when you tap into who you've always been, you will come to discover that your problems have a problem: you're beyond them. You recognize that the power and the authority you have residing within yourself and surrounding you is beyond anything and everything life will throw at you. When you take a good look at what you are, you come to understand that you are a force to be feared by anything that attempts to stand in your way.
So what if you're facing relational, financial, medical, emotional, physical, or any type of problem? (I'm not saying that each burden isn't heavy so don't come after me.) Didn't our Creator reassure us that he's got it? Didn't he reach out to Job who when through hell and back that God is God and that nothing is too much for? I mean come on people. When are we going to get it? When are we going to realize that we are so beyond everything that it's ridiculous that we get discouraged over something God has already told us that he has under his control?
What are you freaking out about? Stop trembling like the Israelites when Goliath spoke. Recognize who and what you are. You've got this one way or another because God's got it!
Enough is enough. Do you know what I have to say to all these burdens and every obstacle? Bring it on! God's got me. Come at me!
Now excuse me while I strap on my spiritual boxing gloves.
Until next time…