Bittersweet: Vulnerability and Obedience

Bitterness made sweet.  Priscilla Shirer continues in her One in a Million book discussing emotional healing.  What happens when the unthinkable occurs and you can’t get control of your emotions?  What if a decision you’ve made, or a direction that God is leading you brings unbearable circumstances?

The Israelites were dying of thirst.  Moses cried out to God–desperate for some answers.  God showed him a tree and he “threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet” (v. 25).  Priscilla describes this encounter with God as “one swift move of vulnerability and obedience” (p. 88).

http://jtbarts.com/2011/08/the-healing-of-the-water/

God will put us face-to-face with experiences that bring emotions and thoughts that we’ve never experienced so that he can work miracles in us.

One act of vulnerability WITH obedience can turn the bitter to sweet.  It’s a change of heart and mind when circumstances won’t change or might become worse.

Our family went to see Heaven is for Real last night.  There is a tender scene in which the pastor exchanges the bitter for sweet.  At a graveside with a church member and friend, they reconcile their differences and bitterness towards God and others.  The pastor shared with her how broken he was, and that she does not have to apologize or explain the brokenness within in her.  Total acceptance of how broken we all are and to not play perfect or judge.

Brokenness…

Bitterness…

These things will exist until we are with Him for eternity.

James 1: 2-4

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Do we linger in the bitter and brokenness or purposefully, and with great vulnerability, cry out to God and walk in the sweetness of His miracles and our faithful obedience to Him?

It’s like the chocolate covered peanut or the yogurt pretzel.  The bitter…..the sweet…..they really do go well together.

Jesus’ work on the cross was bittersweet. His brokenness for our freedom and salvation.

Your life is bittersweet–the daily walk with Jesus as He teaches and guides you.

http://doublelattebooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/brokenness-and-hope/

He is working all things out for your good, and will never leave you, nor forsake you.

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