Sometimes I fail and I fail epically.
But where does that put God? How does He feel when I intentionally sleep in, or ignore the people I pass, or choose the world over Him? How does He see my constant, epic failings?
Well, I’m not claiming to have all the answers, but I have made it this far and what I’ve seen is that He couldn’t care less. God doesn’t care that we are the worst when it comes to time management. He doesn’t get angry when we don’t see His face behind everyone we encounter. He doesn’t mind us taking a wrong turn here and there because we think we know what’s best. God doesn’t hold our failings against us because He has already won. He already knows our story… He wrote it!
Our loving and good Father doesn’t have a rap sheet with our name on it. He doesn’t shake His head when we “fail.” I don’t even think He considers our mess ups as failures! I think He looks at us with His loving eyes and sees only our beauty. I think He sees the beautiful soul He created and He sees the light He placed within us. We can’t fail Him because He doesn’t have an expectation for us. All He has for us is love… A LOT of love! And while we feel we are failing and pulling further and further away from Him, He is right beside us!
When we press the snooze on our morning alarm, He settles in our heart and lets us rest. When we turn our head from a homeless person, He awakens our compassion and gives us the courage to roll down the window the next time and give what we can. When we decide to follow our plan instead of His, He walks with us and carries us when it gets too hard.
So, when you feel like you’ve done too much wrong and you think you’re too far away from Him, know that He is not holding it against you and that He is right beside you. He is with you in your “failings” and He will never leave you to solve them on your own!
“God doesn’t require us to succeed, He only requires that you try.” –St. Teresa of Calcutta
The opening verse says: “I've been the one to shake with fear and wonder if You're even here. I've been the one to doubt Your love. I've told myself You're not enough.” How often do I feel this way? That my God cannot overcome the mess of this world! That surely, I am too much of a disaster to fix this time! How often do I doubt His goodness and gloriousness? How is it that I know a HUGE God, but I always try to squeeze Him into a tiny box?
It’s silly, really. Knowing a good, good
Father, but not thinking of Him. If I were honest, the way I think of God is
much... much different from the God I know. You see, I know God is my father. I
know He is good and loving and caring. I know He cherishes me. I know He looks
to me and has joy in His heart. I know He is pleased with me. I know He will
care for me. I know He holds my life in His hands. Even though I know all of
these things... I do not think of these things.
To me, my life is too messy, and the world
always seems to get in the way! And when I think of God stepping into my
personal life... stepping into the wildness of this world, I think of a God who
is holding my happiness hostage until I get everything in order. I think He is
disappointed more often than not. Most importantly, when I think of God... I
think of a God who has time to think before He has time to love. You see I
believe in a God who is nothing but love. But I think of a God that I've
allowed my pains, hurts and wounds create. I hold all of my cuts and bruises
against Him... rather than truly dropping them at His feet. It's a wall I've
built up against Him. As to protect myself from Him, and from the many bruises
and cuts to come. I know of a loving Father, but I do not think of Him.
So, how do I change my thinking? How do I
look out into the world and see nothing but the proof of a loving Father? I
guess I’m still working on that answer, but I think I’ll start by tearing down
the walls of that tiny box! I cannot squeeze a HUGE God into that tiny space
any longer! I have to allow myself to see Him in everything. In my morning
alarm, my rushed breakfast, my classes and everyone I see on campus. In the
flowers growing out of the sidewalk, the sunny days and the gloomy days, the
countless hours spent trying to understand biology and the drives home from
work. If I start to see God in everything maybe I’ll start to see the goodness
in everything and maybe I’ll be able to see that my big, loving and good Father
isn’t so far from this world, but rather, in it!
You are I AM, and I am because of You!