I John 3:18

All original content copyright Jessica Nicole Schafer, 2007-2016.

Friday, January 4, 2008

I'VE BEEN CHANGED SO MUCH THROUGH ALL OF THIS. NOT BY MY CHOOSING, OF COURSE. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN SO OPTIMISTIC, IT'S CRAZY. AND NOW, I THINK THAT PART OF ME IS GONE. NOT THAT I'M HOPELESS, OR EVEN PESSIMISTIC. I THINK I'M JUST MORE OF A REALIST NOW. I'M NOT FOOLISH ENOUGH TO THINK THAT I DESERVE ANY BETTER OF A LOT IN LIFE THAN CHRIST...I MEAN, HE WAS CRUCIFIED. AND HE'S THE ONE I FOLLOW. SO I CAN'T EXPECT FOR EVERYTHING TO BE ROSES ALL THE TIME. (SO MUCH FOR PROSPERITY PREACHING) BUT, I WILL SAY THIS. MY HEART HAS BEEN CHANGED SO MUCH-IN AN INSTANT. THERE'S NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW SOMETHING SO TRAUMATIC CAN INSTANTLY ROCK YOU TO THE CORE.
ONE THING THAT HAS TOTALLY BEEN ALTERED FOR ME IS PRAYER. THINK ABOUT IT. WHAT DID YOU PRAY FOR TODAY? OR DID YOU? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN INCESSANTLY ASKING THE LORD FOR? SHOULD YOU EVEN BE ASKING FOR IT?
I CAN'T PRAY SELFISHLY ANYMORE. NOT BECAUSE IT'S THE "NOBLE" THING TO DO, BUT BECAUSE I CAN'T, FOR MY SAKE. IF I PUT MY HOPE IN THE LORD ANSWERING A PRAYER OF MINE AND HE DOESN'T ANSWER IT...MY HOPE WILL BE SHATTERED. BUT IF I SIMPLY HOPE IN THE ONE I'M PRAYING TO...NOTHING CAN BE SHATTERED. BECAUSE NO MATTER THE CRIES OF MY HEART, NO MATTER THE HOURS I SPEND PRAYING, NO MATTER THE TIME SPENT ON FASTING...THOUGH ALL THOSE THINGS DO MOVE THE HEART OF GOD...ULTIMATELY, HE WILL MAKE THE DECISION. AND SO, A PRAYER SHOULD BE JUST THAT. HIS WILL BE DONE. BECAUSE WHETHER I LIKE IT OR NOT, THAT'S THE WAY IT WILL HAPPEN. EVEN AS HE CHOOSES TO PUT ME THROUGH THE FIRE, I WILL STILL FOLLOW HIM. I MAY NOT BE HAPPY, I MAY NOT EVEN TRUST THAT I'LL BE OKAY, I MAY BE FRIGHTENED...BUT THAT'S NOT HIS INTEREST. HIS INTEREST IS NOT MY HAPPINESS, NOR MY WELL-BEING. (DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY HEAR BEING PREACHED BEHIND THE PULPIT IN AMERICA NOW-A-DAYS) HIS INTEREST IS NOT THAT I HAVE ALL THAT I WANT, THAT I HAVE A GOOD PAYING JOB, THAT I HAVE GOOD HEALTH, THAT MY LOVED ONES HAVE GOOD HEALTH. HIS INTEREST IS NOT THAT I AM HAPPY ALL THE TIME, AND ALL THOSE AROUND ME ARE HAPPY, TOO. HIS INTEREST IS NOT THAT I HAVE ALL THE THINGS I DESIRE. HIS INTEREST IS NOT THAT I LIVE AN IDEAL LIFE, WITH HOWEVER MANY CHILDREN I WANT, IN THE PERFECT HOUSE, WITH THE PERFECT INCOME...NO, NO, NO. HIS INTEREST IS HIS KINGDOM BEING FULFILLED. AND THAT'S WHAT I'VE CHOSEN TO SERVE. SO WHETHER I PRAY FOR THINGS TO BE DONE A CERTAIN WAY HERE ON EARTH OR NOT, HE WILL CHOOSE WHATEVER FULFILLS HIS KINGDOM. HIS WILL BE DONE. WHETHER I LIKE IT OR NOT.

"THOUGH HE SLAY ME, I WILL HOPE IN HIM." -JOB 13:15-

5 comments:

Thirdtimemomma said...

Aw, jessica, I love you honey. *hugs*

barb michelen said...

look this is the "diet" i told you about you should really enter the site :) bye enter the site

Sarah said...

I don't exactly know what happened but I'm praying the Lord gives you comfort through whatever trial he has put in your life. Sorry, I didn't offer you any words of encouragement sooner... I didn't know anything had happened. Praying for you...so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep coming back to see how you are doing. ::: BIG HUG:::

Sarah said...

You're so not a dork...

Brea said...

(((hugs))), Jes. And what a great (and totally true!) post. Thank you for sharing in this difficult time.

~Brea