Stop Letting The Fire Burn You...
This morning I woke up around 4AM and made myself some microwavable soup. As I reached to grab the soup I realized that the bowl was very hot. I intended to eat this in my bedroom as I watched TV. I questioned how I would get this hot bowl of soup to my room without burning myself. I felt around the edges of the bowl to find spots that were less hot and that I could hold to.
As I proceeded to my bedroom as quickly as possible I felt my hands getting hot and the pain intensifying. I moved my hands around the bowl to grab a spot less hot once again and after doing this a few times there was no spots left to grab. My brain was telling my body that this was too hot, that it was burning me and I needed to put it down. However, I didn't listen and held onto the bowl until I got to my bed where I then spilt some of my soup because I needed to sit the bowl down quickly.
If I had just listened to my brain as my pain receptors were letting me know to sit the bowl down I wouldn't have burned my hands and I wouldn't have spilt my soup.You're probably thinking "where is she going with this?"
Sometimes in life we want things so much that we fight through the pain and suffering and refuse to listen to God when he is telling us that it's going to hurt us or that there is a better way for us.Look at it like this: If I had used a towel or something to protect myself from the bowl that was burning me, that would have been a better way. Instead, I was in a hurry and wanted to do it my way and didn't listen to the voice of reason inside my mind.
This also applies to God. God knows what will "burn" us. He knows what we need and what we don't, We are stubborn humans and refuse to listen to God. Even the best of Christians have this issue, it's a normal human instinct. God's timing isn't always what we feel it should be. His reasoning isn't always what we feel it should be. We tend to take it upon ourselves to get what we want by not listening to God. However, in the end we always get burned.
This world is filled with fire. When I say fire, I mean it's filled with sin and temptation. The world tells us that things are good for us when it's not, it tells us that we have to do what we want and listen to no one else, it tells us that sin is okay. Sin is never okay.
No one is perfect. We all sin daily but we have the opportunity to repent for those sins and then try again. God is a forgiving father, he understands our flaws even when we don't.
Stop allowing this world to burn you. Listen to the voice of reason. Understand that God wants only what is good for you and if you surrender to him he will bless you abundantly. It's not always easy to trust in God enough to allow him to control your life. A lot of people question if God will ever do things for them that they desire. Again I say, his timing isn't always what we think it should be BUT he knows what he is doing.
Looking back on my own life I can't count the times that this life has burned me because I refused to listen to God. Because I took matters into my own hands and didn't put down the fire that was burning me. If I had just laid my burdens down, trusted God and let him have control of my life things would have been so much better for me.
Ask yourself: "What is burning me, what do I need to lay down to stop being burned?" Once you have this answer, write it down as a reminder and then pray about it daily. Allow God to help you let go of the things that are in your life that are not supposed to be there.
I often pray for God to take anything from my life that is not meant for me and only leave the things that he wants me to have. Yes, sometimes I have lost things and I had to feel pain for a short time but then God gave me what I needed. Once God moved for me I could see why I had to let go of what was burning me in order to have what would bring me happiness and joy.
Faith is a huge thing. It's hard to have faith sometimes but faith can truly move mountains.
"And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you." Luke 17:6 KJV
That is amazing to think about isn't it? Just that small amount of faith in God could change so much.
Don't allow the world to burn you, don't allow your desires to burn you. Allow God to give you what you need, allow him to mold your life like a potter molds clay. Trust me, letting go and letting God changes EVERYTHING.
Note from the Author: I hope this helps someone. I had this on my heart this morning and wanted to share it with you. Have a blessed day and may God bless you. - Andrea