“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:14-16
Let me just get this right out there so we are perfectly clear…I love babies. I am one of those women who can’t see a newborn without getting teary eyed. When I hear a baby cry my heart is immediately engaged. Yup, I sway when talking to a new mama, just as if I have a baby in my arms too.
What can I say, it’s just who I am.
Yes, I love babies, and yet I also enjoy watching my kids grow, pursue dreams, and take on responsibilities of their own. That’s not to say that I don’t at times look back on their baby pictures and get a little teary eyed. But seeing them strike out on their own and take steps towards their plans and goals for the future is every bit as rewarding as seeing them take their first steps and speak their first words.
As I think back to those first words I smile at the adult conversations that have grown from those tiny little voices we cherished. One of our children was known for saying “I do it my own self!” We still laugh at how independent that little one was. Adulthood has arrived and it is no surprise that independence still marks her days.
Recently her independent streak decided that it was her turn to take her momma on a vacation…and off to Savannah we went. She took care of all of the details, from booking a riverfront hotel room to choosing the city tour company with the highest Yelp rating. (FYI, I didn’t even know what yelp was other than something a dog did if you accidently stepped on its tail…)
From Savannah we drove east to a wonderful ocean front condo for a few days, with a sojourn to Charleston and a visit to a lighthouse as added bonuses. She took the opportunity to bless her mama’s socks off very seriously. And she did it all her own self – what can I say, it’s just who she is.
But what delighted me even more than the amazingly beautiful places we visited was the amazingly beautiful spirit God has planted in this independent adult woman who still calls me Momma.
Those independent words of her childhood have fostered many challenging conversations through the years. Questions asked, answers looked for, many of which led to more questions. This trip was more of the same. But I think the biggest question she asked me in our week of travel and down time was “What lie of satan are you believing as truth?”
It was a question that a friend had asked her in the midst of a hard situation in her life. It is a question that has made me stop and think about the things I was (am?) believing as truth that have kept me stuck in places God never intended for me to dwell.
It’s a great question to ponder, especially in the areas of life where it seems like we just keep ruminating on the same subject.
And so my friend I ask of you, “What lie of satan are you believing as truth?” Are you stuck in a sticky web of lies? Here’s the thing, satan is the father of lies (John 8:43-45) and he likes to make God’s kids stumble by offering those lies in deceptively cunning ways.
We may look in the mirror and say “not pretty enough”, we look at a grade and say “not smart enough”, or we look at an opportunity and say “not good enough”. Perhaps we hear words (hmmm…perhaps from others who are believing lies…) that wound or anger us. And instead of taking the words, and those who spoke them, back to the Truth found in God’s word we allow them to take root in our hearts and the thorny fruit of bitterness begins to grow.
Another lie the evil one likes to use to trip us up is the age-old favorite “what will people say?”….you know what, it doesn’t matter what PEOPLE will say, it matters what GOD says.
He says we are created in His image. He says we are sons and daughters of the most High King. He says we are His.
He says “I love you”, so much that He sent His son to die for us! He says our faith in Him means we are forgiven.
And He also says we are to forgive, to love, to trust Him – even when life doesn’t make sense.
He says He is our refuge, our strength, an ever-present help in trouble…He says be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46)
Through the Truth found in God’s word we can be assured that He knows the plans He has for us, and they are plans for good….our part of that promise is to seek Him wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Whole heartedly, with everything in us engaged and tuned in to the cry of His voice.
Whole heartedly, like an independent adult daughter planning an amazing trip for her momma.
Whole heartedly, with our whole hearts – every bit, every corner, with ALL of my heart.
Whole heartedly, just like the Sovereign God loves us.
And He loves watching us grow, pursue dreams, and take on responsibilities that He has planned for our good.
What can I say, it’s just Who He is.