God made us and the trees to live in rhythmic harmony with one another. As we breathe out carbon dioxide, a tree inhales it–transforming it into the oxygen we need to inhale. In perfect beat, in and out, transformed. What we don’t need or want, the tree takes in and transforms it into something we do. A transformation only done by the divine design of Jesus.
I laid in bed last night all snuggled up next to my husband. My head laying on his chest, listening to his breathing, my mind racing. Already I’ve been thinking of the million things I “need” to get done, and the million things I “haven’t” done, and the million things I “want” to do but feel like I’m ill-equipped. In the chaos of my mind, I heard a gentle, voice of comfort whisper, “Just breathe.”
Just breathe. That’s what God told me. So I did. I took one deep breath in, held it…1…2…3…4…5 and then release. I abandened my comfort for a moment laying next to Michael, and rolled onto my back, forcing myself to take a deep breath, all the way from the depths of my diaphragm–but more importantly my spirit.
This time I inhaled and in my mind called out, “In with Jesus” ….1 ….2….3…4…5… “Out with Tiffany.” Then I thought of all of those thoughts–those lies– I hold on that stop me, that take the place of the truth of Christ. And again, I inhaled…and on my exhale, my mind cried, “Out with self doubt” 1…2….3…4….5 ” And inhaled, ” In with Confidence in Christ.” God took what I didn’t need and he transformed it. Like the trees, it is only through Christ that anything in my life is transformed.
Over and over again, struggle and sin after sin.
Out with fear — In with faith
Out with worry–In with His promise
Out with condemnation — In with acceptance
Out with uncertainity– In with hope.
As the new year approaches, we all have such optimism about putting the past year behind us and tredging forward into the promise of newness. We resolve to change, to grow. We promise to eat better, to play with our kids, to read our Bible more. But none of these surface commitments will hold strong or steadfast if we don’t rid ourselves of all of the junk that we collected in 2010, the junk of our spirits that will weigh us down, keep us up sleepless at night and soon become chaos in our minds.
What is that for you? What lies are taking up the space of your spirit that prevent THE Spirit from truly living in you?
There is so much in your spirit that you don’t need that Jesus is ready and willing to transform into a deep promise that you can hold onto for eternity.
Breath it out, and breathe in Jesus. Every night, every morning, every afternoon. And before you know it–no longer will you have to even think about it, you will only be taking in the pure fresh air that only Jesus can transform.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
HAPPY NEW YEAR!