Healthy Things Grow

Reposted from 2008

I have been learning and growning in the Lord. It’s amazing how my past has come full circle. I would love to say that I have been on a perfect journey that has always walked toward the Lord but that would be a lie. I lived 13 years of my life in legalism that I thought would save my marriage and keep my family from harm. When I divorced, which was to me a death sentence I found myself lost in the law of God. I didn’t know how to move forward and sumarily heal when I was expected to just get over it by those who keep check list and score with the law of God. Being alone for the first time in my life set things in motion that I had never experienced. First being my determination refrain from bitterness. I remember a conscious thought that if I became bitter I would sink into a mire I could not escape. I would not grow past the pain. It was some of the hardest days I experienced and all that I could do daily to resist the oppression of my situation. Even today with my ex neglecting the needs of his children financially and with my shouldering all of the burden of helping them get on the road to adulthood, I have moments I am angry more than I like to admit. Second I remember being overwhelmed. I didn’t understand the concept that I wasn’t protected from pain because I had served God. The third I think I was the hardest and that was the reality of it all.

What a long road I traveled. I had to learn of the sufficiency of Christ and who I was in Him. I had to understand a new Grace that I hadn’t been taught before because the grace I was taught was unmerited favor with God but it was buried beneath so many laws that you felt a thimble of it once in a while. It wasn’t what God intended for me to know.

I remember feeling free for the first time in the Lord to know the liberty of Christ. I remember the first time I reckoned myself to be found wanting in knowledge of God but also holiness of my own character. I know that well of life springing up in me is still being filled but I never before understood the grace of God in light of my life in Christ.

Divorce was not in my life plan, but when it happened God didn’t say “oh no now what will we do?” It has take me almost five years to be in this place of uncertainty but decidedly committed to press on. Discontent? Well my life isn’t settled and rosey yet. It might well never be. I would never promise anyone that life in Christ is picturesque.

There are decisions to make about my future that I have to settle daily. There are lessons to be learned to continue to grow in the Lord. The hurdle of loneliness is still a constant friend and sometimes ardent enemy. This one thing I know, God’s Word is forever settled in heaven and I will follow its precepts and grow to know Him more each day. That is something I can say that I aspire to and that I also know is as necessary as air.

There has been some progress and I would love to report that five years later God has restored my life to new heights but that just isn’t so. Not because God can’t do it but because the integral part of the equation, ME, has not always been a willing participant in obedience as I should. Yes, I have slowed down some processes that should be in place. I am sure I should be more healed and more mature, yet this is the precious beauty of God. Right where I am in life right now I can grow toward that restoration.

I don’t want to lie or paint pretty pictures, I want to be real and to say what is real. The real truth is Healthy Things GROW. If you are not moving forward or are not growing, there is a stronghold exalted above the knowledge of God in your life. For me it was my own pain. I hope you are honest with yourself. It was painful but so freeing for me to admit not only that I had a problem but that I was the problem.

I am excited about the future because of the solid basis I have to stand firm in the Lord’s grace and mercy and allow myself to be molded by the potter.

God bless and be a light.

4 thoughts on “Healthy Things Grow

  1. What a beautiful post!
    I can hear the heart of God in your words.
    I can tell that you have been through some very dark days but are clinging to your God. I just see you hanging on so tightly to Him- nothing could be more precious!

    I’m so glad that you are not bitter and that you are trading your sorrows.

    Our God is so faithful. WHEN we walk through the waters, He is with us.

    Your life is reflecting Him.

    Blessings,
    Sue

  2. Sue,

    I love your blog! I also went through a terrible valley of legalism. It almost destroyed me. I began my Christian walk in a grace-believing church. Then, I started working with a couple of girls that had a different belief. They went to a holiness church. I loved Jesus so much, so I thought if I embraced the law I could please God more. My husband and I started attending a holiness church. My life plummeted into darkness. For two years I searched for God not knowing what to believe. I took Charles Stanley’s advice and took a totally neutral position and asked God to show me what was true. God showed up! For the next year He patiently took me through the Scriptures and taught me about grace. I now have such a desire to see others set free from legalism, but it is also my greatest temptation. There are times when I listen to people under the law, and I begin to doubt God. My close fellowship with God becomes strained and weak. But, Jesus ever faithful rescues and restores me. Blessings to you. I was feeling so sad today and I believe God led me to your words. Jesus loves you.

    Love in Jesus,
    Lori

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