Read: “When I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light.” Micah 7: 8-9
“You’ve got to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps!” Ever heard that saying before? Ever tried to live by it? For some of us, it may even be our mantra. It’s common in our culture to strive not to depend on anyone outside of ourselves. We spend much of our lives trying to prove that we can do whatever it may be on our own, and we even take pride in the moments where it seems like we’ve managed it all alone. But, inevitably a time will come when our bootstraps will break, and in those moments, God reminds us that we were never designed to be self-sufficient super humans.
When we find ourselves in over our heads, facing more than we can handle, we realize that self-sufficiency is really just another disappointing illusion that takes a jab at our pride. But when we humble ourselves and turn to Jesus, just like the woman at the well in John 4, He is there waiting to offer us living water that continually wells up, washes and restores us. In that place full of vulnerability and shame, Jesus takes our hurts and failures and in exchange, gives us His hope and love.
So how do we begin to lean into Christ instead of ourselves? How do we make a change? We can’t begin until we let down our defenses. No more hiding, shame or running. “I am a disaster and I am ok, because I am forgiven.” NOTHING is too big for God.
Pray: God, show me what I’ve been trying to hide, what I’m trying to rely on myself to fix instead of relying on you. Help me to be honest and vulnerable, and remind me that my problems are never too big for you to carry. In Jesus’ name, Amen.