Part of growing up is leaving yourself behind.
“Lord, save us from self-addiction.”
When disaster strikes, it rattles my cage. Disasters are relative. (Some relatives are disasters.)
I’m fairly sure God rattles cages to get my attention. Not arbitrary. Not malicious. Not because He’s bored. He doesn’t wield disaster with delight. “Wow. She didn’t know that one was coming. Hahahah.”
God does allow shake-ups for one big reason: we’re holding on too tight to the cage.
My cages all begin with the S-word:
Self-reliance (sorry, Emerson)
Self-preoccupation (navel gazing)
Want to add to my list? I’m sure I missed one.
I’m a little too attached to Self. Don Miller got it right–here’s a prayer God loves to hear:
It can take a cage-rattling disaster to shake me from my Self. Or just losing my cell phone for an hour–pathetic how that works, too.
God doesn’t relish my discomfort. He gets it.
He knows how it feels.We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. Hebrews 4:14-16 The Message
…all but the sin.
God didn’t make my cages. God wants my freedom.
If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.- Jesus John 8:31, 32 The Message
…and the truth will free you.
He does want my trust.
Trust Me with this one, Sue. I’ve got it. You can let go. You can leave yourself behind.
Prayer for Rattled Cages:
Thanks for getting my attention. I hate disaster, pain and sweating. I’d rather not endure, withstand, nor cope with anything that begins with “cope with.” I do love You–occasionally, even more than myself. So thanks for getting my attention. In fact, please get my attention, by hook or by crook or by disaster. I’d prefer a perfect life, but I know that comes later. And when my cage rattles, help me remember my new favorite prayer: Save me from self-addiction.
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