Friday, July 24, 2009

"I'm not self-sufficent; I'm totally dependent"

Psalm 131:2 (AMP)- Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting].

These words rang in my heart yesterday- I'm not self-sufficient; I am totally dependent. "Dependence" is taboo in our culture. It's kindof like the word "dirty." It's something that is highly discouraged, frowned upon, laughed about, and even despised. To be dependent is to be weak. It is to be vulnerable. We fight with all our might to be independent, to not need anybody (or at least let them think that we need them). You've heard the songs: "I'm every woman, it's all in me," or "All the woman who are independent, throw your hands up at me." We pride ourselves in not needing anybody. We live like orphans. God has called us to something more liberating.

Matt 18:3-4 (MSG)"I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom."

Dependence=Kingdom living. God's ways are higher than ours. He never called you to be independent (self-governing). I cannot make it on my own. I need God and I need people. I am not the complete package, and neither are you. Isn't that relieving? So, take a breath today, cease your fretting, and remember: You are not self-sufficient; You are totally dependent. Why don't you let go and let God have His way.

You are in my prayers (Eph 1:17-19). Please do the same for me.
-Lauren