What I knew:
this was a tired, well used, dark brown cabinet in need of a new look, and a new purpose.
We often get stuck, weighted down, and overwhelmed by what we know. Whether we know an old brown cabinet isn’t working and our decor needs an update or whether we know the facts of our life are not adding up to what we had hoped for. These things can get to us.
The circumstances may be bleak. What we see may be confusing. We may feel broken under the weight of the impossible. I found myself right there bouncing between bleak, confused, and broken. Then I began reading Romans 4:16-25 in the New Living Translation.
Abraham was called the father of believers and the father of many nations because he BELIEVED in a God who could bring the dead back to life and brings into existence what did not exist before.
It goes on to say that Abraham’s faith DID NOT weaken even though he KNEW, he and his wife, Sarah, were too old to have a children and further more his wife had never been able to have children. What are the devastating facts that you know? We all have them. Things we wrestle with or news that came unexpectedly our way.
Not only did Abraham’s faith NOT weaken in spite of what he knew, Abraham’s faith actually INCREASED because he was CONVINCED God could do anything he had promised. Are you and I convinced of God’s promises more than the impossibilities we’re facing?
Did anyone need to hear that, but me?
These words have soaked deep in my soul this past week. I knew all the facts and I let myself become convinced of what I knew.
I needed to hear that someone else KNEW all the hard things, yet was convinced of a different truth! Sometimes we just need that example, those words, to become courageous again and believe!
If you needed to hear this as much as I did, I encourage you to read, soak in, rehearse and pray through Romans 4 like I have.
So I cleaned out the armoire, moved furniture, found a better place for it, repurposed it’s use, and gave it a new look with a little paint and my husband’s creativity and help. It feels like we have a new piece of furniture; I love it and we now use it everyday.
I’m positive we always have options in our homes and in our hearts. When we become convinced there is a truth that trumps our current life facts, it opens the door for God to repurpose our future!
Let’s be convinced!