Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Band Aid just Ain't Good Enough Anymore

I was standing in my 7yr old daughter's room today, thinking about how quickly her room gets messy after her or I clean it up.  I was standing there thinking "I'm gonna come in here tonite and tidy it up. What came to my mind is that "that was just going to be a bandaid".  I ask myself the question "Are band aids ever good?".
I believe band aids can be good at times, as it can keep a situation or a scar from growing worst and from getting infected. Band aids can protect, they can also keep things manageable. There is not necessarily anything wrong with a temporary fix to a problem, except when it comes to a time where "that problem" needs a more permanent fix.

I realized, standing in my daughter's room, that the band aid of just doing some surface tidying was not going to swing it this time. I was going to have to go more in depth, throwing out stuff, cleaning out drawers, wiping surfaces, etc.  honestly, there does come a time where the band aid is just not managing the problem well anymore.

Other things in life can be this way as well.  Spiritual things can be this way as well.  Our dreams and the things God has placed on our hearts can be this way.  There are things that eat away at us, whether it be a dream we really want to pursue, and we feel like we can't, or something in our lives causing us to condemn ourselves.  We sometimes use band aids to temporarily soothe.  I don't think that's a bad thing, as long as you are not choosing something toxic to help you to manage.  I believe that there are times when God wants us to focus on certain things, and other times where He doesn't.  But even though we are not focused on a certain issue in our lives, it doesn't mean that it doesn't pop up and bother us at times, right!?  We might divert our attention from it to soothe the pain, or find a healthy distraction.  Honestly, that's not a bad thing.  But, it only becomes a bad thing when God is ready to to transform that area of your life and you are too fearful to cooperate.  When God is ready for you to take some action on that dream of yours and you are afraid that it's not the right time.  Or if God is ready to heal that wound you have, and you are scared to let Him touch it because you don't want to revisit the pain that is associated with it.

There are certain times that come about in our lives, where a "band aid" just ain't good enough anymore.  You can't "cover-up" that thing anymore you have to let it breathe.  This can be with a wound or a dream. A wound so it can heal and a dream so it can grow.  One thing I have learned about God is that He does not focus on every area of our lives at one time.  It's so important to be in tune to where the Holy Spirit is working in your life so you don't waste time being focused on the wrong things.  Remember the bible says that "where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty".  That means if you are focused on areas of your life where you are not suppose to be focused, it can cause you to live in bondage.  But if you are cooperating with the Holy Spirit and where He is focusing, you will walk in liberty and freedom.  From my experience, as you take time to get to know God, through reading the bible and how He works in your life, you will also come to recognize the Holy Spirit's movement in your life and you will have a sense of 'liberty vs bondage' in your life.  You will find that you never have to be stuck in bondage.  Once you learn to recognize these things in your life you will find yourself more empowered to choose the right path on a daily basis.

Deuteronomy 30
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 

Psalm 65
11 You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance.

Psalm 34
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 3:17
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.   

There is always a path to choose on a daily basis.  We all have to remember that.  I know I forget at times and instead of choosing my path, my path chooses me; and it's never the path of peace that chooses me.  By default I will naturally fall into a path that is not pleasantness and peace, if I don't make a choice everyday.  Remember if you don't choose the right thing.  The wrong thing will choose you. 

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