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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Oh For Goodness Sake!

"It doesn't always have to be about you, ya know!" Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove

Standing at the sink, doing dishes I realized that I'm doing it again. Obsessing about people, situations, and circumstances over which I have no control. For what seems like the millionth time in the last week, I prayed, trying to turn my worries into prayers.
As I stood there, praying, God said in His still, strong, yet quiet voice "I got this, Patty. I'm on it."
So now what? How do I engage my mind if I'm not supposed to be taking on these burdens?
"Praise me!" came His quick answer.
The line I quoted above from Emperor's New Groove went through my mind, and as God & I shared the joke, it was obvious to me yet again, that it is all about Him.

It's all for His sake and renown and glory:

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 60:3

For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own. I Samuel 12:21

he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake Psalm 23:3

For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great Psalm 25:11

Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me Psalm 31:3

Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake Psalm 79:9

Yet he saved them for his name's sake, to make his mighty power known Psalm 106:8

But you, O Sovereign LORD, deal well with me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me Psalm 109:21

For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble Psalm 143:11

I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more Isaiah 43:25

For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another Isaiah 48:11

Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith Romans 1:5

Through him and for his name's sake...
I really, really want it to be about comfort, my ease, my plan, in my time; but it's just not. I want relationships to be okay and everybody to be happy and understand each other and say the right things in the right ways and at the right times. And for tons of reasons, it doesn't happen that way.
But it doesn't mean it's not going to be okay or used for good or part of His plan.
It just means that once again, I don't understand what He's up to AT ALL.
"My ways are not your ways and my thoughts are not your thoughts declares the Lord for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are my thoughts above yours" Isaiah 55 (boy, ain't that the truth).
Whatever crap you're facing...
whatever uncertainties in your future...
whatever the heart ache...
He's got it. He's on it.
I don't know what that'll look like for you, but, for His sake and plan and purposes, for His renown, He's got you covered.


Chris Godfredsen said...

I praise God that He's got my life, our life. I praise God for the redemptive work he is doing in our life and that God is who he says he is.

Thank you for the post, for the constant reminder that while he wants us to beckon him, to cry out to him, that he's got it!

Isn't it awesome when he shows up like that?

janelle said...

Something's on the move today - all these powerful posts!

God bless you my friend! I praise God for you!

Kristi Butler said...

Your post was such a blessing! We've just got to keep listening...keep going to His Word...and keep praising. What a mighty God!!

Thank you for sharing from your heart!

Carey said...

What a cool thought...

What WOULD I do with all my time if I gave God total control of my life every minute of every day?

Praise Him.