Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stung


I got stung by a bee at a youth retreat. 

Go ahead and laugh that I would begin this entry with the fact that I got stung by a bee:) 

I got stung by a bee at a Young Life youth retreat working with high school students. 

God knows that sometimes a little pain is necessary to get our attention!! Let me mention here that I HATE pain!! I have no threshold for it! I will avoid physical pain at any cost.
 
Right after being stung we took a thirty minute "alone" time with God in woods. 

Can I just tell you what was going through my mind, "Are you serious? You want me to stay out here in these bee infested woods and try to concentrate on God!" 

I want to also mention that this was my first "official" quiet time with God. Needless to say, the Lord had a powerful analogy for me and He wanted to get my attention!

Sitting against a tree in the woods for 25 minutes with nothing on my minds but the "bees" and the throbbing pain in my arm. A gentle voice spoke, "The intentional sin in your life is like the bees you are so focused on this afternoon. Because of the sin and the painful consequences that go along with the life you are choosing to lead you can not see me working or hear me speak. Your intentional sin is what is distracting you and causing you pain." "Get your focus off the sin and unto to me. " "Choose to do right"

I want to remember this intimate moment with my Savior. I want to remember the pit from which he has pulled me.

I am a woman who is Redeemed, Ransomed and Restored!

Is there a sin in your life that is distracting you and keeping you from experiencing freedom in Christ? Is there a sin you are holding onto? Are you reaping the painful consequences of intentional sin? I know how hard it can be to let go of sin. I know the tough decisions that have to be made to turn away from it. I know how hard it is to not be focused on our past and the sins of our youth. 

But let me tell you what I have experienced. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. I know the intimacy that comes with a redeemed life. I know that in our times of brokenness His love is more than enough to sooth our wounds and restore our soul. 

It is my prayer that you will return to the Lord and lay your burdens at the foot of the cross. He desires for you to be free from sin.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-56

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