Perplexed

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I’ve been going through a bit of a molt lately. I think we all do that once in a while. It involves the shedding of  parts of ourselves which were once effective, and perhaps even attractive, if I may say so myself, but now this time of examining which ideas to keep and which to shed has left me in a somewhat frazzled state. I feel a lot like this goose I met in the park the other day. The other geese seemed to have it all together, but this one seemed just a little, well, perplexed…

Yeah. Perplexed. Not where I thought I would be as the next season approaches. But I am here anyway – disheveled, unfashionable, decidedly non-trendy and not at all prepared to fly in formation.

Pardon my appearance. Molting (or going through a spiritual “ponfar” -Trekkie reference) can be a little embarrassing. I’m apt to “lose it” at the most inconvenient times, and frankly I don’t even know if I agree with myself half the time.

But change is like that. Sometimes the hardest part is having grace for ourselves when our own inconsistencies and partially formed concepts frazzle our own nerves, let alone the people around us.

Thanks for your patience. You are very gracious, my friends.

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… (2 Corinthians 4:7-9)

 

17 thoughts on “Perplexed

      1. Your senses have served you well sister. In reading the first few chapters of Isaiah I learned that God puts everyone through the furnace. Only righteousness can survive it. God’s righteousness will bring you through. I Godless woman would not be wearing this time as well as you are. Isaiah Ch. 1-4 are really good at describing this thing. Love.

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      2. I went back and read Isaiah in the Message version. That version doesn’t mince words. But I kept on, going to chapter 6. “In the year King Uzziah died…” It was a time of lost hope for Isaiah. King Uzziah represented better government -hope for change. Then hope died. But that’s when God showed up. That’s when Isaiah heard and saw the greater reality.
        “Then one of the angel-seraphs flew to me. He held a live coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with the coal and said,

        ‘Look. This coal has touched your lips.
        Gone your guilt,
        your sins wiped out.’
        And then I heard the voice of the Master…”

        HIS righteousness. Indeed. Good stuff, TJ. Thanks!

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    1. Wow. What a marvelous post. You know I read something about power being available to the believer through faith in Christ, but authority comes through fellowship in His sufferings. You have the credentials to be heard because you have a story, which along with the Blood, overcomes the evil one. May you rise up on those wings as your youth is renewed like the eagle. Thank you, Nancy!

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  1. Nasea

    And that goose is this beautifully crafted divine and perfect work. There is no flange falling that is not already seen by Him to be loosed from the goose!

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