I think there are times where we all feel like a square peg in a round hole. It can sometimes be alarming when you also feel this way within your church community where most people assume you fit in nicely. I don’t think this is always the case. The church is comprised of all sorts of different personalities and it’s not always “comfortable”. I think it’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean something is wrong with your church or even with you. God made you the way you are for a reason. I can be confident in the face of God, in church, outside of church because of this. I don’t need to be perfect. I just need to be who God made me to be..whatever that means.
Isaiah 62 MSG:
1 Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut, regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue, Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun and her salvation flames up like a torch. 2 Foreign countries will see your righteousness, and world leaders your glory. You’ll get a brand-new name straight from the mouth of God. 3 You’ll be a stunning crown in the palm of God’s hand, a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God. 4 No more will anyone call you Rejected, and your country will no more be called Ruined. You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight), and your land Beulah (Married), Because God delights in you and your land will be like a wedding celebration. 5 For as a young man marries his virgin bride, so your builder marries you, And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride, so your God is happy with you. 6 I’ve posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem. Day and night they keep at it, praying, calling out, reminding God to remember. 7 They are to give him no peace until he does what he said, until he makes Jerusalem famous as the City of Praise. 8 God has taken a solemn oath, an oath he means to keep: “Never again will I open your grain-filled barns to your enemies to loot and eat. Never again will foreigners drink the wine that you worked so hard to produce. 9 No. The farmers who grow the food will eat the food and praise God for it. And those who make the wine will drink the wine in my holy courtyards.” 10 Walk out of the gates. Get going! Get the road ready for the people. Build the highway. Get at it! Clear the debris, hoist high a flag, a signal to all peoples! 11 Yes! God has broadcast to all the world: “Tell daughter Zion, ‘Look! Your Savior comes, Ready to do what he said he’d do, prepared to complete what he promised.'” 12 Zion will be called new names: Holy People, God-Redeemed, Sought-Out, City-Not-Forsaken.
I love this! I love God even more after reading this. Selfishly I cling to it as if He is speaking this to me. I think it’s important sometimes to place yourself in scripture so you take it more to heart. I think it’s easy to gloss over some of what the Bible says when you feel like it doesn’t apply to you specifically:
-Regarding [Jessica], I can’t keep my mouth shut, regarding [Jessica], I can’t hold my tongue, Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun and her salvation flames up like a torch.
-No more will anyone call [Jessica] Rejected, and your country will no more be called Ruined. [Jessica] will be called Hephzibah (My Delight), and [Jessica’s] land Beulah (Married), Because God delights in [Jessica] and [Jessica’s] land will be like a wedding celebration.
–Yes! God has broadcast to all the world: “Tell daughter [Jessica], ‘Look! Your Savior comes, Ready to do what he said he’d do, prepared to complete what he promised.'” 12 [Jessica] will be called new names: Holy [Person], God-Redeemed, Sought-Out, [The One Who Was]-Not-Forsaken.
Doing that helps make the Bible personal sometimes. I encourage you to try that!
Today be full of joy knowing your God, the God of all creatures and people, created you just the way you are for a reason.
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