My original post today was full of inspiration, direction, and encouragement. However, from that thought to me actually writing it I don’t seem to know where all that inspiration, direction, and encouragement went… I would blame on the HUGE challenges I faced seemingly from the first thought of what I would share today. I actually got slapped on my buttocks with these challenges. To be totally transparent it making me feel as though what I had to say is so insignificant! Who really cares anyway!?!
Well… I am going to attempt to move beyond my own personal war today (which actually started last week)…
Our New Identity
I had a dream last night. In it a woman began to share with me the story of their father finding out that his birth name (first and last) wasn’t really what he was told from a child. The woman was in awe behind this reality, as I was. I asked her how her father was taking the news. I imagine some time had passed because the next thing I recall in the dream is I am now on a conference call with the woman and her father. As he re-told the story, I could hear the shock in his voice as well. Once he was finished telling me what all happened, I took a deep breath and said, “Wow. That is some story!” In awe of the details myself the only advice I could muster was, “Well at least you get a chance at a new identity and a new beginning to redefine who you really are!” As I gave this advice to the man, I thought for sure that he would fight what I said but instead he said, “You know you are right. This is something that should be considered a good thing. Instead of looking at it as a loss this is a gain!”
I started meditating on the message of this dream. As I began sharing it with someone, I got excited as I could clearly hear the Holy Spirit sending an encouraging reminder that the Lord has given us a new identity. We we should embrace it and not look at all the things we’ve lost however, we should look at all the new opportunities we will experience with this “new identity” (Rom. 6:6; I Peter 2:9; I Cor. 6:19-20, KJV).
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
“Oh what a wonderful Word from the Lord on this Marvelous Monday!”, I shouted. Approximately 15 minutes later, in roll my own personal rain clouds threatening to put a damper on this bit of encouragement and within another hour or so, torrential rains and winds begin to blow. My knee jerk reaction or “flesh reaction” was to throw my hands up in surrender to the storm… I did for moment. I then began to formulate a plan of action and each step of the way I got plummeted from the down pour.
Now I sit here writing this post soaked to gills by own attempts at resolving this issue and feeling a bit miffed by the whole ordeal. I forgot that quickly that I should be submitting the “problems” to the one who has given me my “new identity”, because clearly I cannot resolve them! If I could solve all of my problems, why would I need the Lord?
So I cry out, “Help Lord!” and began once again embracing the reality that before I laid down last night, fell into my slumber, the True and Living God who is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (present everywhere), knew of my challenges I would face today. He definitely has the power to reveal to me the resolution at anytime!
He has the answer & I am waiting for it…
Until Next Time…
VMarie aka Thr33