Here it is, the last RANDOM JOURNAL DAY of 2013!! In honor of the final RJD of the year.....I did not cheat. I usually will honestly open an old journal and write about the randomly chosen page. But every once in a while I cheat and wander around in the journals until something grabs me. (Hey, I created this little writing challenge, so I figure I can cheat if I want to.)
But today I did not cheat and I do not even know where this post will go at this point. A few minutes ago I picked an old journal from my collection and it opened to a page with only one little longish sentence written in the corner.
"The process of transformation isn't always fun or comfortable, but to recognize that God is making Himself at home in us, brings a deep and sturdy joy." me
I don't remember what was going on at the time this was written, but I do recall being very intentional about using that word "sturdy" to describe the inner joy I felt. I am not a fan of change. Everyone around me can vouch for that. And the word "transformation" is just another word for big changes happening on the inside. The kind of changes that can be painful and confusing.
If our hearts and therefore, our thoughts, are being rearranged into new and unfamiliar patterns, it can be scary and unwelcome. You get a concept or belief all figured out and BAM! it gets switched up! A life situation is dropped unexpectedly in your lap and all is turned upside down. Jobs, relationships, finances, physical challenges, all are subject to change without notice. Transformation can be ugly, painful and just ick.
BUT, if we can see the hand of God....NOT that He caused the negative thing....but that He is finding a way to make Himself at home in us. In spite of the tough situation. He may be needing to move the furniture around in our hearts to help us re-calibrate. To help us see the new path before us.
If we can see that God wants to be at home in us....to DWELL in us...not just visit. If we can grab that truth. What a difference in our view of the uncomfortable process! When I see that God is making Himself at home in me, I can embrace the changes with joy.
Not the giddy, goofy joy that comes and goes with the wind. This would be a "deep and sturdy" joy. I love that word sturdy here. It illustrates the stable, strong and unmovable. A JOY that can handle the rough weather and the confusing questions flying all around it.
I believe that I randomly opened to this self-quote for a reason. A reminder from my God that He knows. He knows me, lives in me and is at home in me. He is once again telling all of us that we are loved beyond measure. Loved enough to not let us become stagnate and unchangeable. My friends, God is in the transformation business. Our task and pleasure is to ask Him about the situations around us. What are they for? What can I learn about Him in them? What is His role in them? Who does He want to be for me, while I walk through them?
And underneath it all there can be a "deep and sturdy joy" because you know you are loved. By The One who loves best.
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