Tonight we had a guest speaker at our church’s evening service and he said a lot of things that hit some chords. He spoke on the message found in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. A message filled with the word “reconcile” …which I didn’t take notice of until he mentioned it…I was focusing on all other bits. That’s when I realized something.
We go about our daily lives craving reconciliation. Whether you recognize it or not. You want a relationship to be good and to feel effortless, you want to be able to mix a batch of muffin mix and have all of them come out edible and of equal portion size, you want to get to the doctor’s at the appointed time and to be seen at that time. The problem is, things in life are very rarely ever reconciled, or “in balance,” when we depend on our own understanding and devices. It takes more than just your efforts to make things come together in harmony, and the way in which it happens will very rarely be the way in which you would prefer it to happen, or the way you think is best.
I have been blessed with a beautiful family! A husband who I admire, love and respect greatly. Five beautiful children who I adore and am so proud of and could not imagine life without. Extended family who I am extremely grateful for and love dearly. Friends who I treasure and am thankful to have in my life.
There is not a single one of those people for whom I would not give the shirt off my back for, and yet, I crave reconciliation with many of them. Why is that? How can there be so much love and care for a person and yet there’s not a harmony between us? It’s the same reason Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden. They took their eyes off of God, wanted to do things their way and had lost sight of the treasure they had in their grasp for want of a silly apple. There’s always that one extra step we feel we need to take in order to make things “perfect.” Why reach for the brass ring when you can reach for the stars, right? There is only one thing we need to reach for in order to make things perfect and that’s God’s will.
See the beauty in the journey. Open your eyes to the “Eden” around you and stop searching for some made up fantasy land you have envisioned. If your life is being lived as an ambassador for Christ, then you are living a life of reconciliation with the one who matters. I can not expect to find reconciliation in my other relationships if I am not living as a reconciled person. I have to stop allowing satan to whisper in my ear and remind me of the past actions and momentary release I get when I act out. I need to remember the way it feels every time afterwards. A moment of emotional release is NOT as satisfying as a life time of peace. A life time of reconciliation that has already been paid in full!
I can not expect to find reconciliation if I keep waiting for the other person to meet my standards or to match what I think is needed in order for compatibility. God created them to be as they are and am I not instructed to love and cherish His creations as they are? To love my neighbor as I love myself? I don’t know about you, but judging by the way I want things to happen in the least painful way…I love myself a lot. Why, then, is it so hard to love everyone else just as equally? Christ does. We are all uniquely beautiful and we each have something to bring…if we would only take a beat and recognize it for what it is. It’s God. Without every single piece of His creations put together, there could be no full reconciliation. He wants each and every one of us to come back to Him. So much so, that he GAVE us his own son to KILL….in order to be reconciled with him again. To make right the wrong that Adam and Eve did. No questions asked. So why can I not look on my neighbor as just another beautiful piece to the puzzle of his creation? A piece that I am connected to in one way or another and have already fit harmoniously together in His eyes.
Reconciliation. It’s already happened. It’s already been granted. I have to stop listening to satan and allowing him to throw little temptations in my path. Temptations that make me believe that I am still missing something crucial.Tags: Eden, eternity, forgiveness, God, Harmony, Hell, Jesus, Love, peace, Reconcile, reconciliation, Reunion, Salvation, Satan
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