When God goes cow tipping
It is the last day of this year. Soon, the new year will be ushered in and for everyone, other than those of us who have to date things by hand still, the old year will slip away….
As I look back on 2006, I wonder what will hold reign in my memory? I suspect it will be the number of silly idols that the Lord has spent the year tipping over in my heart.
I’m not complaining – I’m just amazed and rather astounded first of all, that there were so many in there! Secondly, I am rejoicing that the Lord would be so gracious and kind to me, as to continue to make me more like Christ. Just like the children of Israel who were quick to build an idol of a golden cow, I too am quick to run to the idols in my life, as well.
Since the beginning of the year, Father has laid hold of the idols of: instant obedience from my children; the need for unification (not to be confused with unity!) in the Body of Christ; the idol of college/higher education and the “perfect” education for my children; the idol of appearing to have it all together (HA – 3 min at this blog and you’d know better); money – not the having of it, but the power I attributed to it; having the “right” job; job security and the idea that, for us, employment is ever going to be anything more than relationship; a good credit rating; our ability to cover all our own expenses, rather than depending completely on Father to meet our needs. And those are just the ones I’m MOST aware of today….who knows how many legion more were rocked and bashed about.
I am not, by any means, thinking that my battle with these many things that vie for the attention that is to reserved for only Father, is over. I know that these things have had reign and rule in my heart for many years, so I fear I will need to be aggressive in doing battle with them for a while. Oh, Heavenly Father, I want to be quick to tip any “cows” that try to take hold of my heart again.
What about you? What will hold center stage in your memory from 2006?
What ever memories you may hold, I pray that this next year will be filled with more of the glory of the Lord being made manifest in your life. I pray you will grow richer in the knowledge of the love of our Savior and His plan for your life. I pray that we will both – you and I – hold onto the recesses of our hearts with open hands, longing for His hand to touch and cleanse and purify us, that we might be more like our precious Lord Jesus. To Your Glory, my Lord, for Your pleasure, by Your hand ~~~ for it all flows from You, to You and through You!