“There are only two things that pierce the human heart. One is beauty. The other is affliction. And while we wish there was only beauty in the world, each one of us has known enough pain to raise serious doubts about the universe we live in. From very early in life we know another message, warning us that the Romance has an enemy.” Brent Curtiss, The Sacred Romance
I have been writing about the calling and the romancing of God these last few days. The Bible sometimes reads like a fairytale (with the exception of it being absolute fact). The call of a loving God beckons each of us to a happily ever after; But just like in every good fairytale there are dragons and dark castles filled with nightmares between us and the Love of our lives.
It is in discovering and conquering our dragons and monsters that we gain access to the plans of God and the intimate relationship that God wants us to have. One thing I have learned during this season of Lent is that sometimes our dragons lie invisible. Just beneath the surface of our hearts they rest slumbering under deep spells of denial. Yet even slumbering dragons have the power to keep us back from our dreams unless they are committed into the hands of the Savior who can defeat them all.
God has been faithfully revealing things in my heart and life that I didn’t even know were there: A fear of success planted in my heart by a relative who said I would never be capable of taking care of myself; a fear of standing out planted by someone who took every opportunity to make fun of the way I looked; a fear of standing up for myself.
All of these are like arrows lodged in my heart making me afraid to take the voyage all the way to God’s plan even though I believe it is the best for me and will lead me on the greatest of adventures. I am like a boy standing high on a limb over a lake holding fast to the rope swing. My heart is pounding with the excitement of taking the plunge but I am afraid to step off of the limb.
But this season is all about bringing my hurts and fears to God and allowing Him to heal them. I am no longer standing on a limb that holds me back. I am standing on the promises of God that propel me forward.
What promises from God’s Word have the potential to propel you forward?