Full Heart . . . . Longing Heart
Understanding – – – – Confusion
Communication . . . . Secrets
Celebration – – – – Broken Trust
Laughter . . . . Tears
“See You Tomorrow”- – – -“See You Later”
God’s Plan . . . . Our Plan
juxtaposeverb jux·ta·pose \ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz\
to place (different things) side by side (as to compare them or contrast them or to create an interesting effect)
I think juxtaposition in our life can be one of the most painful parts of being a human. How can something feel so awesome and awful at the same time? As I was walking home last night after a very full day, both emotionally and physically, God kept bringing me back to the juxtaposition in my life. How could I feel so sad and yet my heart so completely full? How can a crazy and painful decision of moving out of country, instead out of state, seem like something that happened within a matter of seconds? Why do we often hurt those we love the most?
So how do we use our juxtaposition, as painful as it can be? To see God’s grace, to see God’s plan and not our own. To see how much more fully He intends to have our life!! But, I also think that Satin can step in and start juxtaposing in the wrong way. We look at the same situations in a different light and start blaming ourselves and pulling ourselves down because we made the “wrong decision”. We start hearing “Look at all the people you hurt, how could you do something like this?” “How could you do something like this to someone you call you best friend??”. Juxtaposition become a messy scene of all of your failures and missteps and hurt and shreds your life to pieces until your kneeling on the floor next to all of it… not knowing how to even start putting the pieces back together.
Something that God intended us to use for growth and healing, Satin uses for guilt, shame, and pain.
Another juxtaposition in itself.
So sojourner, wherever you are on your journey, know that juxtaposition, as painful as it can be, is used to show you God’s amazing grace and love in your life. God has deemed you as guilty, but Jesus has said He will stand in your place, God sees you as clean and free.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Souljourner, walk in peace and confidence this morning. Look at the juxtaposition in your life, cry about the pain and the loss, but celebrate what God is doing in your life!!