Daily Delight

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tell Me how you really feel.” 

Recently several things happened that I was not expecting. Some things were confusing, some were frustrating, one completely knocked the wind out of me. In each situation, I have been committed to tell the Lord how I feel. Not how I think I should feel or how I know I will feel once things have passed or settled down. How I really feel. Disappointed. Betrayed. Unseen. Angry. Shocked. Grieved.

I used to reason my way out of my more extreme feelings because I knew they weren't true of God. I'm feeling betrayed by God? Not possible, because God never forsakes me. I'm feeling like He doesn't see me? Not possible, for God's eye is always on me. Reason (even when it reflects truth) often prevents us from being honest with the Lord. The thing is - He has never once been intimidated by our anger or pain.

Pick out nearly any psalm. David was well-acquainted with hardship and he spilled his heart at every turn. 

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm‬ ‭13:1-2‬, ‭NIV‬‬).

When we refuse to tell God how we feel about something that happened, we rob Him of the opportunity to be exactly what we need Him to be. I have been learning to share my heart even when it feels ugly or scary, and every time God has swooped in to be present in my pain. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. 

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live,” (Psalm‬ ‭116:1-2‬, ‭NIV‬‬). 

Give your heart complete permission to be vulnerable with God. Then ask Him, "What do You want to be for me in the midst of this?” He will not let you down. 

{photo: @byhannahrose}

About the Author

Kerri Nicole Ruffer≫ ≫ Kerri is an old soul with a penchant for iced coffee, neutrals, and Nashville’s stunning sunsets. Her writing comes from a creative overflow of learning to navigate life with a caring and intentional Father God. In addition to writing and pursuing creative projects, she is a ministry school graduate, entrepreneur, and former donut slinger. For more of Kerri, visit her Instagram @kerrinicoler for a caption-by-caption love story of Nashville, travel, and life with our kindest Friend and Companion.


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