As we look at all that's taking place around the world right now it becomes more apparent each day that we need to know who we truly are, and how we will live and maintain our peace in the face of what we see!
Sometimes I think we forget that although we are born of our natural parents, by God's intention and design, this natural birth is wrapped in something far bigger and wider in it's reality. To recognise and engage with the author and designer of our lives is to move outside of our limited understanding and into the path of the One who lovingly works to be connected to those He created. We are able to enjoy the benefits of His tireless watch over His children, and His leading into things that are eternal rather than simply contained in the here and now.
We move beyond our natural birth into a new kind of life, one that gives us new eyes to see, ears to hear with, and hearts able to understand the love and wonder of a life filled with far greater promise than we had ever imagined.
In this process we begin to find the self we were truly created to be, leaving behind the false self - an image woven by our desire to obtain the approval and acclaim of men and women whose expectations and demands weigh heavily upon us. We move beyond the ideas and expectations that are human and limited.
This deeper walk with God takes us deeper into who He truly created us to be, not what we think, but what He actually knows and has always known. The search for this takes His children down many paths, most of which are dead ends, and some stop there. However, there is a need to keep walking and when we find ourselves gazing at a wall it's time to turn and look around for Him again.
The depths of this search can feel dark and lonely to our souls, but our spirits are being constantly and steadily awakened to this great light that shines in the darkness. Jesus said "I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." It was God's idea to let light shine out of darkness and increasingly lets this light shine in our hearts.
Jesus was the invisible made visible, and so his face was displayed in the earth for all to see. Now that same light is reflected in our hearts and He continues to shine in the darkness when we walk in the birth of the person we were truly created to be.
This world we live in needs more and more light shining against the darkness that pours out violence, hatred and disorder around us. Jesus said "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men ...."
The end result of becoming our true selves, willing to be lights that shine in dark places, is an increase in us and in those places of love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
It's my desire to shed the dark garments of my false self so that more light is evident. To walk into the great promise that the plans God has for me are for good and not evil, to prosper and not harm me, to give me a future and a hope. Those are the things so many seek not knowing that they are only found fully in being the true selves God created.
We thought we were born of our natural parents alone, but there was always this higher, wider, greater, thing going on.