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by Kyle Moree
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I love to sit back sometimes, kick my shoes off, and just relax. Who
doesn't love to just relax and not worry about anything? I know I do!
haha! I love it! A lot of times I simply forget to thank him; to thank him
for everything he has given me and everything he has taken away.

Something popped into my head a few days ago and it hasn't left me only
since; some of you know the song "Blessed Be Your Name". Well in that song
their is a part that says this: "You give and take away... you give and
take away... my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name." Have
you ever thought about what Matt Redman was trying to say? God has blessed
all of our lives with tons of gifts and friends... more then we could ever
ask for. He gives... and he loves to give! Remember God is our daddy and
has such he loves to give us what makes us happy. I think a lot of times we
get to focused on that God is our king and we should serve him... thats very
true! And please dont' let me stray you from that truth but he is also our
daddy and he just wants to comfort us in our weakness. He wants to hold us
as we cry.... he wants to "give" us love! Remember that!

Now the second part of that song is what I struggle with understanding...
"he takes away..." Now their can be many meanings to that but here are two
that I have got out of it that have helped me.

First off: When you became a Christian you picked Jesus over the world, you
picked life over death... that means that the things of this world no longer
apply to us. The life you use to live is no longer you! For example, while
I was in highschool I was struggling with the music I was listening to. I
was using music has a way to escape the world I didn't want to deal with,
when music wasn't working anymore I moved on to cutting myself... When I
finally wised up and turned back to Christ, he took that kind of music out
of life... he took away what was hurting me. Not only did he take the music
away from me but he also took the pain that I was keeping inside... He wants
to take our pain away!! I've said this many times before I still stand firm
in this belief: Christ didn't just take the cross to just get us a free
pass to Heaven... he took the cross so we wouldn't have to face our life
alone... So we as Christians wouldn't have deal with all the pain alone, he
took the cross for us... for our sins. God wants to take away all the bad
things in our life, all we have to do is give them up! I know their must be
some of you reading this that have strayed a little off Gods' path, he still
loves you more then you could ever think of! He wants to help you and take
away all the pain!

Second: This one was harder for me to realize and to be really honest I
still don't understand. Sometimes throughout our life here on earth, God
may take away friends from our lives or a loved one might die... Why does
it happen? Why does God let this happen? Their are a lot of opinions on
this matter but when my father passed away I had this really big hole in my
heart. I was deeply hurt, I was angry... I would ask God "Why did you take
him? Why???" And I still don't understand the whole picture because I am
only human... God can see the BIG picture, he knows what is best for us and
what we should do; we just have to have faith and follow him. Sometimes in
order for him to get ahold of us, something big happens... I know that after
my father passed and the death of my best friend... I had no where to turn,
I had no where to realize my pain and anger too.... Except... to God...
Maybe this doesn't make any sense to you and thats ok... If you havent
experienced the loss of a loved one then it is really hard to understand
what I am talking about but for those of you who have experienced this...
Have you let God "take" away everything? Just a thought...

Hopefully you all understand what I'm trying to get through! And if you
don't just email me and I'll try to better explain myself! I love you all!
And I'm praying for all of you! Please remember that the what the world
offers may like good... but in the end you will only find pain and
heart-break. Run to God!

-God Bless-

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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