Today’s blog is a little different than most – God has had quite a few things on my heart lately but the other day this hit me like a bag of bricks and I felt led to share. I hope it throws some encouragement your way – back to regularly scheduled blog posts about photos this weekend 🙂
The idea of vulnerability and how we should act on it as humans has been a constant thought of mine. Vulnerability is seen as a weak state or something that can be very painful, which in a sense those two things sum it up completely. In all reality though, vulnerability is the act of putting yourself out there in order to be seen for who we truly are; weak, terrified, fearful and broken. We are those things and it is no surprise to anyone, in Isaiah 53:5 it says, “but he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities. upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah isn’t saying, “oh yeah, Christ died for everyone of us but you still have to hide behind fear and the sin you struggle with.” Y’all, our belief can not be this falsehood, our belief needs to be EXACTLY what Isaiah 53:5 says, reread that verse above if you have to. He DIED for US. He willingly looked at every life God created, knew the evil, vile, unreal sin that would still be committed after His death and still shed is blood for you, because God has given us grace beyond all understanding and loves us with an unwavering love. God wants to be with you. He wants to have a close and real relationship with you. He wants all of YOU, accept it. No, that does not mean to walk day in and day out through pain, fear and feel like you have to hide what is going on inside, my friends. That means you need to look to your fellow believer and pour your heart out, in order for them to see the sin in your life, grab your hand and help you run to the cross, no matter the obstacle. Not allowing yourself to be vulnerable with a person who is willing to run towards Jesus as hard as they can with you is unbelievably more painful than keeping your sin to yourself. This also opens up the door for them to pour out their heart and be vulnerable with you – running alone isn’t necessary. In 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 Paul wrote, “we have spoken freely to you, our heart is wide open. you are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. in return, widen your hearts also.” Widen your hearts, set yourself free from the absolute lies the devil wants you to feast on and understand that God put you here on earth to pursue Him, to love others and to show people who God really is; a beautiful God, who loves every single person recklessly, no matter how deep their sin and a father who won’t leave our sides no matter how far we push Him away. If you don’t know the Lord, this same truth applies to you – you are His child and He loves you with that same unconditional love and all you have to do is look to Him and accept that. Stop running, stop hiding, stop fighting and receive the unfailing love He has for you. He is a loving and committed father who adopted you and me – let Him show you exactly what your dreams are, who you are going to be and accept the love you truly and undoubtedly deserve.