SNAP! There Goes Vanity!
Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Sometimes walking with Jesus is like climbing a hill of our own making. We struggle to get where He is leading and in truth its all because we refuse to let Him carry us over it. Some might say, â€œbut how can giving it to Jesus really help. I got bills â€“ ok â€“ I give em to ya Jesus â€“ and they ainâ€™t gettingâ€™ paid -â€ right?
Worried so much about ourselves we forget that He will always make a way. Even if I were to lose everything I have today, I would still be better off materially where I am than people are in third-world situations like Hattie, theÂ Philippines, most of Africaâ€¦ and though I have fought this climb literally for years, I think He is carrying me now â€“ because its all much more clearâ€¦ as if He is ten feet tall and I can see better up there in His arms.
Thing is, if youâ€™re anything like me, you talk a better game than you play in life. And Jesus just hit me right upside the mouth with that reality this weekend. Funny how damage to our physical bodies often leads to spiritual growth. When I had my surgery last year that likely saved my life, I was humbled and in awe of the pure plan of God. The way He opened one door and closed another. The pain and frustrations of change that blossomed into the Glory of His life.
Well, this weekend, I officially got smacked in the mouth as a tooth I knew was going bad finally did the unthinkable. It broke out. If that wasnâ€™t bad enough, it is the second tooth from the left in front. Completely visible and entirely humiliating. I should have been a wreck I suppose but I really wasnâ€™t. A calm came over my body and I felt the Lord as if He were whispering to me that everything would be alright. I am not defined by a tiny piece of bone that grew from my gums.
So yeah, while I will get the chicklet replaced, Iâ€™ve come to that humbling place that reminds us that we are all of the flesh and human conveniences canâ€™t change that. So if you see me trying not to smile â€“ its not because I am being too serious or anything like thatâ€¦ its because I am trying to spare you that awkward moment when you realize I am missing a front chickletâ€¦ lol.
Jesus reigns even when we think things are going crazyâ€¦ and as for the craziness? Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.