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Topic: RAIN (04/18/19)
- TITLE: Small Spaces
By Joanney Uthe
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Usually loud noises like thunder, fireworks, or a fire alarm send JoyJoy hiding in small spaces: under the bed, under a dresser, between the boxes in the closet, or between the shower and the toilet. But that night, she choose the comfort of the presence of her master.
As we face the storms of life, many of us run to hide in the small spaces of whatever we can find to numb our pain. Some self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, gambling, video games, food, or even work. In financial storms, we may be tempted to play the lottery, max out our credit cards, or to take on extra hours or an additional job without considering the consequences to our relationships or health. In health storms we may question our doctor about every alternative treatment we read about or every symptom or side effect known to the internet. During a rain of emotional pain, we may seek comfort in the arms of someone who is not our spouse, or we may turn to unhealthy relationships.
Christians are not exempt from life’s storms or the tendency to hide from them. We may find ourselves worried about a relationship, our job, money, or about any number of things. Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” When we worry instead of praying we are seeking small spaces in which to hide from life’s storms.
When we try to hide our weaknesses or decide that our problems are too small for God to be bothered with, we are seeking to hide in the small space of self-sufficiency. Contrary to the common saying, God does not help those who help themselves; He helps those who get to the point of realizing they cannot help themselves. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Self-doubt and questions of my self-worth often rain down in my life and I am tempted to seek shelter in the small space of other people's opinions. I know that I am a Child of God (John 1:12) and am working to replace my self-esteem with a healthy God-esteem.
Christ warned us that we would experience rain of many kinds in this life. In John 16:33 He says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” He is the only shelter that we need from the rain of life’s storms. We experience peace only when we seek comfort from our Master, rather than from hiding in small spaces.
Heavenly Father, I do not want to hide from You or from the lessons in the rain storms You allow into my life. I want to seek Your Presence. Show me when I am hiding in the small spaces of worry, self-sufficiency, other’s opinions, addictions, unhealthy relationships or anything else. I love you. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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