When things get rough and tough I seek support, human support, I think it is only human to do so. Yes, I go to God too, but I seek a person to talk it out with, a friend to understand me, I don’t want to be or feel alone. I search for security in this world.
When we have a firm foundation and support structure under us we can thrive, but when we don’t we begin to suffer. This is true for me. A supported Tabby is a happy Tabby. When I was sixteen and my parents got divorced things went bad for me, an only child, I saw my support disappear. I recovered by switching my support to my grandparents. Although those who know me know I needed more support than that according to my choices then.
Fast forward, I am in my thirties, my grandparents die…I was instantly that sixteen year old girl again, helpless and scared. I found myself seeking yet again another support structure.
I put friends in there, purpose, church, anything I thought I could rely on fully and held on tight for security. Guess what? People let us down, friends go away, churches are just as dysfunctional as families, purpose had to be lived not sought, so…I through my hands up in the air and said, “Why is everyone letting me down?”
No really God, why is everyone letting me down? Do you not want me to have a support system? All I ever wanted was something solid to hold on to, but everything I grasp goes away.
That is when I heard…Give up seeking security in this world, and allow Me to be your security.
I don’t know what that looks like. I want to feel alive with Christ. I long to be like Paul when he said:
… for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13 NIV)
Do you find yourself filling your life with empty gods? Let’s surrender together our need for security in this world and rest in God.
Dearest Father in Heaven,
Please help me to stop filling my life with empty gods. And help me to fill it with You.