It is easy to know that I need Christ when life is hard, but what about when life is easy? There are times when I realize that I can’t keep going or overcome on my own, so I ask for strength, wisdom, and guidance from Christ. Together, we get to the other side of the struggle, then, for whatever reason, I shrug off His guidance as if I can stand alone. No matter how many times I’ve gone through this cycle, I continue to repeat it.
This is not a new struggle, but it is my most current battle. I am trying to grasp the concept that he is my lifeblood ALL the time. He is my guidepost ALL the time. He is my friend and helpmate in life ALL the time.
Historically I’ve needed His insight, received it, overcome with Him, then essentially forgotten about the insight He’d worked in me. Due to this ignorance and arrogance, I surprisingly need Him again to pull me out of my depression and regret. Never realizing that if I’d continue to rely on Him, He’d continue to walk with me, guide me, lighten my load (Matthew 11:28-30). In fact, that’s what He prefers and, some would argue, the reason for man’s creation – to have a continual relationship in which we commune, have fun, enjoy each other. In our inconsistency, we expect Him to babysit us and continually drag, cajole, and convince us to take our next step forward. Funny thing is, He won’t do that. He stands and waits for us to reach out and walk toward Him again.
Think of the relationship with Adam and Eve; even though we are inconsistent, he’s the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Daily we must remember that, not only does He guide us during our struggle, but He walks beside us in our joy. The key for me is to remember that ALL things are because of Him. They are not mine. My successes are because He has given me each of my gifts, skills, and desires so that I can face what is in front of me daily.
— Written by Kati
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”