In the last couple of days, I have been really thinking about God's ability to break the chains in our lives. It can be as simple as putting a bathing suit on, especially if your body doesn't look like a models, to trusting God with your life's course. I realized that although, day by day, I have gotten very close to the Lord; I still have chains. He didn't make them of course, the world did and I fell into the trap.
I hate putting a bathing suit on. Every year, I dread it. It's unfortunate because I really love to swim. I grew up near water and for me, water provides not only entertainment but peace. And here I stand, vain and scared that someone might criticize me because I'm not a size two. That really is messed up. How much fun have I missed out on because I was worried about other peoples opinions of my body? Like it really matters! But yet, I do care and it got me thinking about the chains that we make and how only God can break us of them.
Our choices can put us in bondage but so can the way we look at ourselves. As you get older, things just aren't the same. Does that mean we shouldn't feel beautiful? Absolutely not. God loves and adores us. We were made for His purpose and we are beautiful to Him. Isn't that all that should matter to us? Yet, we walk around judging ourselves and our appearance through the world's eyes. What a shame!
So with this in mind, I broke one of my chains. I put on a bathing suit and went to the hotel pool. I swam laps and enjoyed myself immensely. It was refreshing, invigorating and absolutely wonderful exercise. It's time for me to trust that I am sufficient in God's eyes. It seems simple but if you think about it, we hold ourselves captive because we try to be like others. God made each of us unique and therefore, when we do that, we don't honor Him. He is honored when we look in the mirror and say, "I am treasured and wonderfully made by my Father."
Did you wake up this morning thinking anything less? I encourage you to go to the mirror and break the bonds of vanity. Ask the Lord to come into you and speak the truth. You are wonderfully made and He loves you exactly as you are. Remember that it's Satan's way to lie to us. You can choose to listen to him and lose out on the blessing God has for your life or you can choose to let Jesus in. I am so glad I did this week. I am praying that you will make the same choice.
Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV:
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
His works are perfect and ladies we are one of His wonders. I encourage you to look inside and see what chains you've been hauling around for awhile. Give them to Your maker because He want You to be free.
My prayer today:
Lord, unleash us from the bonds of this world and provide Your eyes. Help us to be with You in our mind and fill us with the light. Give us the ability to see that Your works are perfect and the world is just full of sin and lies. Help us to help others as they struggle with the lies heaped on us by the world and ourselves. We ask for forgiveness today. We were made by the only creator. He is right in everything. Thank you Lord for Your love! AMEN