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A Picture for How We Are to Live

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

I’m stubborn.

I know that probably won’t come as a complete shocker, but it’s the truth.

And over the years I’ve learned many lessons.  Unfortunately most of the time, because of my stubbornness, I’ve typically had to learn things the hard way.

I know I’m not alone in that either!

One of the things I’m still learning, but getting better at thankfully, is letting go of the wheel, submitting, and releasing control, being utterly dependent on God as my source of provision. I’m not just talking about finances here either. I’m talking provision in peace, joy, wisdom, strength, etc.

I have adopted Matthew 6:25-26 as an anchor and I just love in The Message when it says,

“not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God.”

That’s the picture of how our lives are to be lived.  Its hard and scary for me personally, especially as I just heard the news that my wife didn’t get the job she was hoping for, and that essentially we needed her to get.

So I’m back to letting go, submitting, and trusting.

John Eldredge discusses this very thing in Wild at Heart:

“Then the Lord intervened” is perhaps the single most common phrase about him in Scripture, in one form or another. Look at the stories he writes. There’s the one where the children of Israel are pinned against the Red Sea, no way out, with Pharaoh and his army barreling down on them in murderous fury. Then God shows up. There’s Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who get rescued only after they’re thrown into the fiery furnace. Then God shows up. He lets the mob kill Jesus, bury him … then he shows up. Do you know why God loves writing such incredible stories? Because he loves to come through. He loves to show us that he has what it takes.

It’s not the nature of God to limit his risks and cover his bases. Far from it. Most of the time, he actually lets the odds stack up against him. Against Goliath, a seasoned soldier and a trained killer, he sends … a freckle-faced little shepherd kid with a slingshot. Most commanders going into battle want as many infantry as they can get. God cuts Gideon’s army from thirty-two thousand to three hundred. Then he equips the ragtag little band that’s left with torches and watering pots. It’s not just a battle or two that God takes his chances with, either. Have you thought about his handling of the gospel? God needs to get a message out to the human race, without which they will perish … forever.

What’s the plan? First, he starts with the most unlikely group ever: a couple of prostitutes, a few fishermen with no better than a second-grade education, a tax collector. Then, he passes the ball to us. Unbelievable.

Those are some encouraging stories and images there.  I know I needed them this morning and I suspect you may too.

Reread that selection again and just let it wash over you.

Soak it in and let The Father comfort you.

He loves to come thru for us!

Do you live careless in the care of God?

What comes up in your mind as you think about that phrase?

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Josh Collins

Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.

Posted on: February 26, 2013

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