In the Book of Luke, the 21st chapter, Jesus told of a poor widow having very little left to give.
Yet, she gave all she had, two copper coins.
And Jesus noticed.
He noticed her poverty and He noticed her commitment.
My days have been an absolute hodgepodge of diverse people and places this week.
All the voices loud and mingled together and pointedly expectant of me.
Who am I to have all the supposed answers?
At dusk yesterday I sat alone in the backyard. The clouds were clearing out, one lone puff of one resisting the drift, the last one to fade away.
I woke up today and told myself.
Don’t give up.
Don’t give up because the internal angst has blurred the external hope people read of, hear you speak of and assume you’re quite certain, okay,
It’s all good.
Yes, I say.
Everything gets messy before it becomes clear.
You’ll be super miserable before you walk away, that way you won’t feel guilty for leaving as you know is your typical sweet martyr way.
Or…as my sweet and ever sincere friend said the other day:
The peace you had in the beginning is still there, it is still leading the way. JM
The thing with the battle of the mind, the fight for the settledness of the soul is that it is insidious if we don’t know it is up to us, our own choice to refuse to allow its control.
To say, I know your motives, I know it’s your plan to make me weak from within.
Not happening today.
Today, I will see you in every face I see and I will battle on.
And maybe, just maybe even though not a single soul could ever know my battle, just as I don’t know the one that they own
They may see my countenance renewed and therefore, they may see you!
Chapter 21 of Luke continues with Jesus warning of persecution and it being an opportunity to bear witness of how we are different.
“Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”
Luke 21:14-15 ESV
I love the permission this gives me not to have to know every single thing.
Mostly I love the permission this gives me to not mull every encounter to the point of misery, rather, to trust I will know how to respond, what to say.
My responses will be different when I respond from the place of peace within.
Still, some may come against me, baffled over my demeanor and ready to push their agenda to topple my resolve and tip my trust from within.
This is earth, not heaven. This is to be expected here.
By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:19
I won’t give up.
I want to see the plans for my life I have yet to fully see.
Continue and believe.
This part is up to me.