By Elisabeth Corcoran
I've been reading ferociously lately pretty much everything I can get my hands on. I think I'm looking for.. hmmm, what am I looking for? Answers? Someone to tell me it's all going to be okay? Three steps to healing? A little hope, perhaps? Something I've come across in my searching has been a gem from author, John Eldredge. He believes there are two themes of Scripture and of life. The minor theme is suffering and hardship. We tend to want to set up camp in this theme. But the major theme, he argues, is in fact, redemption, victory, breakthrough. "Jesus didn't stay dead," he points out rather bluntly.
I needed to hear this. My life has been hard for a while now. And I had pitched a tent in the land of suffering, I'm afraid. I'm using past tense, I don't mean to imply that life is rosy and I'm over it, but I think I might just be beginning to feel something inside me shift. The interesting thing is that our crisis just got worse. And it's going to get more worse before it gets better - aren't I the raging optimist? And yes, my sweet friends who I love dearly are still moving away - in about a week, in fact. So, my life in and of itself has not improved.. it's actually started sucking more (pardon my French).
However, the major theme is redemption. How can all this be redeemed in my life? And victory. Will I come through all this stronger? Already am, I'd like to think. And breakthrough. Something has definitely broken inside me and something new is coming through in its place. I'm not even sure I can name it but there is a change in me. There's a bit of a hardness, yes, a "nothing will ever take me by surprise again" sort of thing; but there's also this openness. This "whatever, Lord, seriously, anything, anywhere, any time, anyway You see fit" attitude that I think I thought I had but didn't realize I didn't until I finally really came to that place. I don't need my life fixed. I want more of God breaking through.
Looks like I just might be packing up my things and settling in the major theme once and for all: a little redemption, a little victory, a little breakthrough. That's all He really wants from us, isn't it?
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