Sunday, February 10, 2013

Deeply Bruised, But Not Broken

It was while I was outside of the house and shouting out loud that God loved me and that He was in control when a particularly disturbing thought invaded the inner recesses of my mind.  For it reasoned that if God really did love me and really was in full control of all that happens, then why did He allow all of the things that had contributed to my current state of absolute misery to happen in the first-place?

Time seemed to stand still at that very moment.  Making it even more intense was being made acutely aware of the fact that a very great many (if not all) of the angelic host in Heaven were eagerly awaiting my response.

No, I was not driven to my knees by a bright Light [Acts 9:1-19], but I do not consider what I experienced as being any less significant.  For just as soon as I seriously asked, “What is going on?,” my eyes were opened to see things as they really were.

Changing metaphors, what started as a trickle soon became a flood.  For I was inundated with answers to questions that I had never thought to ask before, and I began to feel like the Prophet Jeremiah felt like when He was called to proclaim what He had been given to say [Jeremiah 1:4-10].

That was an excerpt from [The Nineteenth Crumb (Amazing Grace)] of [The Crackerhead Chronicles].  Aside from maybe being made acutely aware of angels wondering how it will go, all of us will experience something quite similar before our time as a part of this world comes to an end.

Quite sadly, it will be much later than sooner for far too many.  For far too many absolutely refuse to let go of their religious traditions without a bitter fight.

Nonetheless, all will have their questions answered in the hope that they will want to truly accept what our Heavenly Father actually says is absolutely true before it is too late—be assured.  For our Heavenly Father created each and every one of us to spend all of eternity with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven as an heir to all that is His in glory, and He has never delighted in the eternal death of anyone [Ezekiel 18:32].

Alas, I really should be much more appreciative of ALL that our Heavenly Father has done for me.  For it was made fairly easy for me to want to truly accept what He actually says is absolutely true.  For He had placed in me a position to where I had absolutely no confidence in myself and fairly isolated from my religious upbringings.  Is that what it is going to take for you?

Tragically, even that will not be enough for far too many.  For they took it firmly to heart to never let anyone lead them astray from what they were being taught—not even the Lord God Almighty Himself.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. [2 Corinthians 13:5-10 NIV]

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