Wednesday, October 1, 2008

In the works.

My heart has endeavored on an endless journey of seeking fulfillment in crooks and spaces in which I find myself increasingly lost and alone. Indefinitely, I've ceased to dream and I've allowed myself to become so complacent and comfortable with the way things are, though I am so unhappy and dissatisfied. My crooked little fingers have tightly clutched every bit of stability and comfort I encounter because it makes me feel safe and free from vulnerability and harm.

In moments passing, I have become numb, devoid of emotion and indifferent to that which used to make my heart beat fast, live and dream. I have permitted doubtful, uneasy and fearful thoughts and emotions to invade my mind and negatively influence my demeanor stealing from me, my vitality, vision and passion.

I've become a victim of complacency and as much as I hate to admit that, if I avoid it I am simply lying to myself. Things that used to grieve and offend me, I now take part in because I am desensitized. Not particularly evil or gruesome activities but certain things that I would have never considered in the past have slowly crept up on me whispering "it's okay, Amber. It's okay to think those thoughts, it's okay to feel that way, it's okay to say those words, it's okay to watch those movies, it's okay". All along, my conscious reassures me that it is in fact, not okay nor permissable.

I create excuses for myself and justfy my reasoning only to find myself deeply grieved and saddened by my actions because they are not who I am. They are not me and yet, they have defined and changed who I am lately.

I am a dreamer and though very human and imperfect, I am striving to live a life pleasing unto the Lord and in submission to Him as well as my authorities. I desire my heart to reflect His and I desire my actions to reflect my heart- His heart.

I'm learning many lessons day by day, week by week and year by year. I'm learning what it means to surrender, to lay everything down and to give every burden to Him. I am learning what it means to be truly broken and how in my brokenness, my true light shines. The things which I can mask and hide from everyone else can not be hidden from Him nor myself, and in those moments of pure brokenness, where I admittedly confess my imperfections and failures is when I yield to His hand and and relinquish my own strength that is oh so weak. I am learning how in need I am and how I do not have all the answers, nor will I ever.

In essence, I am learning who I truly am and who I do not wish to be.

I'm cleaning house. I've become so disappointed in myself and in my efforts lately that it has done nothing but lacerate me and attempt to deplete me. I do not want to be who I was in the past and I do not want to be who I am now. I want to be Amber. My life has been a culmination of many different things that have undoubtedly shaped me, either for the good or the bad. I've attempted to be something that I clearly wasn't, I've been what others wanted me to be, but I still don't think I have it down yet. This has been a very interesting, eventful and a sometimes disheartening road to travel to say the least, but I believe with each day and with each new decision, I am becoming me all over again.

I wrote a Me blog recently, dissecting my personality and evaluating myself and I discovered and was able to lay hold of my heart again. I believe for the first time in a very long time I have finally begun to somewhat grasp who I am. There are so many things that I left out, and so many things that have yet to be fashioned and perfected or shattered and ruined about me that will be in time. With every situation, change, circumstance and situation I will discover so much more.

I surrender. I am allowing my grasp to be loosened as I release my wants and my desires and exchange them for His. I am going to live again, dream again, have faith again and trust again. I'm a materpiece in the works. Lately I've taken the brush and tried to paint something and in doing so, I completely interrupted the process. Thankfully, the true artist realizes that despite my efforts to make something beautiful and totally making a mess in my attempt, I am only proving that I am in need of His grace. He tenderly retrieves the utensils from my hands and places mine in His as he delicately and gracefully revives and renews with each brushstroke and splash of vivid color.

I'm coming alive again.

8 comments:

Andrea said...

Beautiful.

Our spiritual journey is all about ups and downs...dry spots and times of abundance. God doesn't expect perfection - in fact, there would be no need for our Savior if we were perfect. It's in these broken times that He is glorified. It's in those moments we need to "recharge" and come back to Him that he delights in.

As my pastor puts it, "God loves pitiful people." :)

I love your writing girlie!

mrs.leah.maria said...

Oh lady. You do my heart good.

He will be faithful to complete the good work he began.

Leah said...

What a thoughtful, introspective and refreshing post. God will honor your humility and submission.

For He knows the plans He has for you...

abby said...

I've been reading your blog for awhile, and find you and your faith inspiring!

I can definitely relate to you on your feelings of complacency. I, too , have lately been thinking harder about my relationship with God and the kind of person I've become. It's not always pretty to look at but I think it draws us nearer to the Lord and makes us more self-aware.

Karen said...

I really think one of the hardest things to do in life is figure out who you are because you are always changing. You will think you have yourself figured out when all of a sudden you have changed your mind in one way or another.

I think it's like trying to find the end of a rainbow. You know what it looks like, but you don't know how to get there.

One of my favorite affirmations is "Let go and let God."

Sarah said...

Looking introspectively at yourself is hard and beautiful. It takes courage to look at your own life and see the things that you need to change. But when you just give it all to God, He knows exactly what you need.

AmberDenae said...

Andrea- Thank you for that reminder, it is so true! "There would be no need for our Savior if we were perfect"- so right! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are such an encourager!

Leah Maria- YOU DO my heart good as well! Thanks for that reminder. You're awesome!

Leah- Thank you, I pray that my humility and submission remains unto Him alone. You're so sweet.

Abby- So glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment so i can follow yours as well! I'm glad I can be a source of inspiration though I often feel so dry myself. Look forward to reading yours!

Karen- Both quotes are great and I think soemtimes we feel that we need to have a grasp on things and we just make it so much harder on ourselves by trying to control the incontrollable reigns. "Let go and let God"- His direction is ALWAYS much better and more clear. Thank you.

Sarah- Thanks for the reminder- He truly does know just exactly what we need!

Thank you lovely ladies!

shrever87 said...

I feel you Ber..I seem to have lost the essence of who I am in the past couple years but ever since I've moved here, I feel like Im finally finding myself again..that Im falling in love again...it's such a great feeling finding your way back to who you really are :)