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The God of Messy People

I felt like I was watching a reality TV show unfold right before my very eyes. I found myself glued to the window as a young woman was handcuffed and patted down right on my very street.

I live near a busy road and have seen many police stops. But never in my life have I witnessed someone being arrested–until now. It was kind of addicting, watching this woman being hauled off to jail. I felt awful, but I couldn’t pry my eyes away. I have no idea what she’d done, and it really wasn’t any of my business.

So why couldn’t I stop watching?

Eventually I went on with the rest of my day as usual. And that’s when God reminded me of something.

With Easter weekend just fading off of the calendar, images of the cross and Jesus’ death and resurrection are still fresh in many of our minds. However, I think that a lot of us tend to forget that our Lord and Savior died the death of a lowly criminal.

And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. (Matthew 27:28-31 NKJV

Jesus was bruised, mocked, and beaten. He was stripped and humiliated. He was hung on the cross between two criminals.

Jesus took my place.

Jesus took your place.

Jesus took the place of the woman I’d seen being arrested.

Our God chose to die a lowly criminal’s death so we don’t have to. Even though we all mess up and sin, our eternity with God is secure if we believe in Jesus (Romans 10:9).

Watching that woman being arrested is a lot like the drama in our culture that most of us tend to feed off of. Things like reality TV, tabloids, and celebrity gossip. Can I get an amen, lovely reader?

As I started to ponder all of this, I wondered how I would have felt if I were in that woman’s place. Of course, I don’t know what she did, and I am thankful for our justice system for keeping us safe. But I wondered how humiliating it must have been for even a guilty person to be arrested in broad daylight in the middle of a quiet suburb.

And then I wondered how awful it must have been for our sinless and perfect Jesus to go through some of the roughest torture a prisoner could go through. I’m telling you, experiencing God’s selfless love will change your perspective on humanity. 

Though I am far from perfect, I am gratefully covered by God’s grace and freedom. And I want to extend this grace to all human beings, and sometimes this means putting my lust for entertainment aside in order to give a person going through a rough time their dignity.

We all tend to go about our lives, unaware or unsympathetic toward those who are lost and broken. But Jesus is always in the midst of these messy people, calling them His beloved children. And you know what? I’m so thankful God gets into the middle of my messy life to call me His daughter.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV)


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How to Get Your Life Together

I was having one of those nights a few weeks ago that I’m sure you can relate to. My homework was strewn all over the floor, my nails were chewed up, and all I could think about was all of the things I needed to get done. And of course, all of the things that I wasn’t doing right. In the midst of studying for my logic exam and dealing with a chronic illness flair up, all I could say to myself was one thing:

I really need to get my life together.

I bet you a dollar to a donut that you know exactly how I feel. I hear people say this phrase all the time. We are in a constant state of trying to be better, and to be honest, I don’t think anyone’s really got it figured out.

Well fear not. Today I am going to tell you how to get your life together. Actually, I’m not. It’s impossible to have it all together.

Before you leave, let me invite you to know the only one who can help us mend our broken lives. Although we may never reach perfection in this life, there’s always progress to be made. Jesus has a knack for turning people’s lives around and He can do the same for you–no matter how bad your situation.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at Ezekiel 37.

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live (Ezekiel 37:1-5 NKJV). 

I know that you may be going through something tragic or may be struggling with sin. But I also l know that if you’re reading this, you’re not a pile of dead, dry bones (at least not literally). If you’re alive and reading this, then you are not too far gone. God has brought you here for a reason. He wants to revive your life.

He wants to make the dry bones in your heart come to life. No matter what it is that seems hopeless, God can bring transformation.

I know because I’ve lived it. I used to be lost; full of depression, self-hatred, and anxiety so bad I pulled out my own hair. I was dead–until Jesus found me and raised me to life.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) (Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV). 

Yes, we live in a sinful world. I’m not perfect, and I won’t be until I see Jesus face to face. There are days when I struggle, but that’s okay. I don’t have to get it all together because Jesus is the perfection in me.

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Lovely reader, please know that God can revive your life as well. Being a Christian is not a process of becoming perfect–it’s a lifelong journey of Christ’s love redeeming the imperfections in us. And that, my friend, is a life worth living.

So next time you find yourself wanting to get your life together, remember God’s love for you. Ask Him to show you grace and give Him control of your situation. It’s not always easy, but He will always be there to walk you through the challenges of life.

You don’t need to get it together. You need to get revival. 


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Ashes

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Buried and frozen in the ground–
A soul that has been left to ashes
At the foot of the cross.

How can You fix this?
This mess I’ve made of me.
How can You make
Beauty from these ashes?

Maybe all it takes is giving up my crown.
What price is this when You
Gave me Your life?

Will You raise these ashes
From their frigid grave?

Come burn within me,
Turn my heart into gold.
Resurrect my soul
Resurrect my life.

Where can I find my redemption?
Where can I find my victory?

At the foot of the cross,
Where You laid Your life down
To crown me with glory.

And this will always be my battle cry,
The story of how You turned
My ashes into gold.

Written by Emily @fearfullywonderfullyme.com

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