I’ve uttered those words more than once. Probably more than once in the last week….last 24 hours….maybe just this morning. “I can’t”. They seem to be words that come to my mouth when I’m feeling overwhelmed, un-loved, put on the spot, or tired. They also come out of my mouth when I’m not sure about what I’m being asked to do, or think. I often utter those words when God is asking me to get out of my comfort zone and do something I do not feel is possible. (like talking to a large group of high school girls!) But I’ve also learned those words bring trust….dependence…..purpose….drive. And if I can utter the words, “I can-with your help, Lord”, I find that whatever is being asked is suddenly not such a big deal.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:16
If you found this blog because you’ve followed my website or Facebook page, then you know I’m a horse crazy girl! I will assume that maybe you’re here because you are horse crazy as well. It’s amazing how difficult owning, riding, and training horses can be. It takes sacrifice (financially), dedication, drive, determination, and on going education. Owning horses has taught me many things, among them is the fact that “if were easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing.” Having a relationship with a horse requires time. Much like our relationship with God. When we desire to have a relationship with our horse, suddenly we notice things about them. What they like, what they don’t like. We learn what triggers certain behaviors and how their personality plays into how they learn and what they need from us. They suddenly require us to become so perceptive when we are in their presence that we discover we have a “sixth sense” when we are with them. God is no different. When we choose to say “Yes” and embellish our lives with his presence, we began to see him everywhere and in everything we do. We become so aware of his presence that we know he’s real. I know there are days he doesn’t feel close and we struggle to see him. However, maybe those are the days he’s asking us to press in a little more…spend a little more time, pray a little longer. He PROMISED he’d never leave us or forsake us, so we have to KNOW (have faith) he’s there. We may not always understand his plan, but it’s up to us to have faith that his good and perfect plan will come to pass. During those times it can be hard to say “Yes”, but I think that during those times our trust deepens and our faith builds.
We often say that life with our horses is a journey. So is a relationship with God. We won’t always make the right decision. We won’t always say the right thing. But he is forever there to help us stay on the correct path.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”~Matthew 7:13-14
Today I want to encourage you. Life may not always be easy. Saying “Yes” WILL NOT always be easy. But let me assure you, from experience, that it’s worth it. Saying “Yes” to God will take you places you never thought were possible. I promise.
At the end of the chapter, Lysa writes, “The more you experience God, the more you expect to see and hear from Him everyday. Obedience stops being a dutiful obligation and starts becoming a delight you crave. When a woman says yes to God, she discovers a thrilling way to live.”
What did this chapter speak to you? Are you struggling to know that saying “Yes” is worth it?