BY: SHARON SEPIK
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BIBLE TEXT: Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Like many, I find myself in a constant ebb and flow in my intimate relationship with Christ. All too often I allow life to invade, creating space between me and intimacy with the Him. Allowing life to creep in, I stop relying in God to fill my gaps and stress and worry try to take root. I sometimes get overwhelmed with stress. Before too long, I realize I have allowed stress to take over.
God has given me the privilege of many trials and heartache. I can always find a point somewhere in the storm where I begin to appreciate the craftsmanship of the Potter and will draw so near to Him that everything makes sense. My favorite place in the world is where intimacy with God is like the song “The More I Seek You.” The words from the song come to life when I rely on God:
I wanna sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming
When I first moved to Mount Juliet I was in process of reading the book of Exodus. I felt called to read the book and did so three times. It was not a quick read by any means, and often times I found myself a bit lost in the high level of details. I frequently wondered why this book and what lesson am I to draw from it. I likened it to the things God has done in my life and felt this lesson must have been about understanding the abundance of God’s miracles.
A few weeks ago a light bulb went on, and I am sad to say it took me two years to realize that this lesson was more about understanding how the Israelites lacked trust in God. God had performed countless miracles for His chosen people and every time things weren’t as they expected they immediately went to a place of distrust. I realized that when I step in and rely on myself, I am like the Israelites, and I too am saying that I don’t trust God.
PRAYER: Lord, help me find the courage and the desire to share with others what You have done in my life. Help me to lean on You at all times instead of turning to self-reliance. Turn my trials into a path to share with others. Turn the lessons learned into a way to help reach out and form bonds and be a bigger part of the church community. Help me find the courage to let my struggles be a pathway to discipleship. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon and Dave have been married for 9 years. The Sepik’s moved to Mount Juliet after 18 long years in Orlando, Florida, on February of 2014. They live near Old Hickory with two kids, two dogs, two cats, and 8 chickens.