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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Hands On

"Wherever you are spiritually whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already wrapped in the Lord's embrace. Held close by nail-scarred hands."~ Liz Curtis Higgs~

I’ve always been a hands-on kind of person. I’m hands-on with work and learn things much more quickly by doing them, rather than hearing about them. I’m the child that took the clock apart to see how it works (never could get ALL the parts re-integrated). I’m also the person that looks at the picture of the completed project and dives right in. I do not bother to read the directions (or at least I didn’t before I aged and grew in wisdom). Those ‘extra’ parts really are quite important most of the time.

I’m hands-on with almost everything….everything that is except people.

Trust of people was not something that came easily in my home. It was however; lost almost immediately upon parental declaration. It was one of the goads that led to my independence at an early age. If I couldn’t rely on others, I knew I’d better learn to rely on myself! That sounds really good and ‘mature’, but what it really breeds is DIStrust for others…including the love spoken so freely from Jesus.

If the Lord can and does see and know every thing I do, say, or think, how could He possibly LOVE ME? It just didn’t make sense. These same offenses were what often led to loss of trust in my house.

The first time the Lord held me it felt uncomfortable and foreign. My heart wasn’t completely convinced I could trust this feeling of comfort, security all nestled in love. The first time the Lord held me I ran. I ran from His embrace as I did everyone else before Him. I was certain to make it on my own was far more important and valuable than to NEED the embrace of Jesus.

The day came when I realized I missed his embrace. I returned to the place He had always been…holding me tightly from the inside out. He never left me. He never let me go.

As I grow and continue on this journey, I openly and sometimes even pride fully share of the embrace of Jesus. The place where I am completely hands on!

Have an embraceable Tuesday!


Dawn said...

Beautifully said, as usual. I love the way you write.

eph2810 said...

It is not easy to just trust by faith - we trust by not seeing - we just trust.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Ame said...

"holding me tightly from the inside out"

i like that :)

Anonymous said...

I can so relate....The idea of having the Lord embrace us, hold us close, sounds so wonderful...but oh the journey to get into those arms...and actually be able to stay there - well that's a whole 'nother story, isn't it?! the way you describe your journey and your days with Him....keep it up! I always find myself nodding and smiling when I read your posts! ( So much of you, reminds me of me!)

Anonymous said...

Such honesty! It is so hard to imagine that the one who knows me the best chooses to love me unconditionally anyway. God is faithful. Have a blessed day.

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