//set us free of this feeling//
© I read this as I’m scrolling through social media, overwhelmed with several thoughts that consume my well-being. I attempt to alleviate the confusion with the accompanying phone by my side and the music in the background in which I finally find the perfect song, after an hour of scrolling between stations, for the sake of calming my thoughts. The title of the song, “I don’t want to change you” by Damien Rice, seemed to fit my thoughts surprisingly well. While the entirety of the song does not explicitly correlate to the concept of God’s love, focusing on the necessity for change yet the stability of God’s love~
“And if ever you need someone
Well, not that you need helping
But if ever you want someone
Know that I am willing.”
This statement correlates with God dying on the cross for our sins. His unwavering love surrounds us, as does His willingness to encourage and provide an opportunity for change. He acknowledges the lacking traits within but still provides His support. This is done in an attempt to lead us on a path suited for His purpose within our life. He allows me to desire independence and strays from His security which is a juxtaposition in the sense that He creates situations causing me to need His help. No matter what the case is, there is always a way for someone to be helped, regardless of what personal barriers prevent one from admitting the necessity of change.
Ironically, this concept corresponds with a conversation that I had earlier today. We were talking about friendships and the desire to maintain a balance; there is a sense of knowledge as one learns to free themselves from the reigns of closeness but not to an extent where the relationship completely dissipates. There is that need for help from a fellow friend but also that yearning for a sense of individuality and, in a sense, this is what sometimes strays me from accepting the need to depend on the Lord. There is always that fear that my emotions will not make sense to others and that I will be judged based on how they perceive me. The point being made is that there is always some statement made by an individual that brings about feelings that have been suppressed; as a result of not knowing how to change the self-perception when trying to reach the desired potential. There is a balance between self-satisfaction while also avoiding getting caught up in the unattainable goals of perfections which, sadly, tend to be reflected upon as a result of society’s standards. The good news is that God sees your imperfections. He sees your desire to confirm His plans for your life when you are conflicted as to why things are not unfolding in the way you had hoped. He also acknowledges the feelings of inferiority when you are unable to keep up with those around you despite the inability for anything you do to indeed dissipate the negative consequences that come from being consumed by earthly desire. But God still loves you above and beyond what you could ever fathom. Jesus knows your deepest fears, setbacks, concerns, and humiliations hidden from society, BUT He still loves you unconditionally. Jesus knew this as He walked towards His death. He walked towards torture to save the many souls who walk upon this Earth. Easter is such a humbling holiday in the sense that it genuinely emphasizes the Lord’s willingness; it shows us how extensive and overjoyed He is to have us as His children. The resurrection occurred when Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that Jesus’ body was no longer there.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name.” (Luke 24:46-47)
Not only does this holiday accentuate His love for us but it also shows the miraculous abilities the Lord possesses. I am blessed to know a perfect God who loves an imperfect me, still choosing to encompass me with His everlasting love and Glory as I witness His acts of mercy. I am given the ability to retell such a fantastic occurrence in history that highlights the unsurpassable love the Lord has for us! This can never be reiterated enough times to lessen its significance!
“The message of Easter is not that Jesus is alive, it is so much more. The message of Easter is that Jesus has risen.” (Colin Smith)
Happy Easter! 🙏🐣🌿
Kiki Mueller © 2017