Surviving Life’s Storms
I can remember my mom confronting me with my inability to say, “I am sorry!” I suppose that was my first glance in the mirror at my own pride issues. I still struggle with owning up to my weaknesses. It is OH SO EASY to see the weaknesses in other people. But wait …. does that mean it is easy for them to see the weaknesses in me?
Who am I kidding?
Of course other people know my faults. That fact use to cause me enough anxiety to require medication. But several years ago, God invited me to pray for humility.
How do I know it was God who suggested it to me? I didn’t know I had a pride problem? So, it sure wasn’t me having a logical discussion with myself and deducting this was a problem I should address. And God’s arch enemy surely didn’t suggest that I seek God for freedom from the very sin that had him cast out of heaven.
Our Secret Sins
My brother is growing leaps and bounds in his walk with God. Last week he told me about a time when he knew God was calling him to confess a hidden sin to his Bible study group. He was very nervous to do it but he knew it was Gods will and Gods prompting. So he did it afraid. He boldly confessed his sin and asked each person to forgive him. Each person offered him forgiveness. And that was the end of his struggle with that particular sin. The struggle was over, vanished, healed.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16
During a difficult time in my marriage to David, I was struggling with thoughts that were not honoring to my husband.
Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
I was finally aware of just how toxic those thoughts were to our relationship. I began to practice confessing to God each thought as it came up. Then is would ask for God’s forgiveness. My side of the conversation with God would go something like this:
God, I know that thought about David was not from You. Please forgive me. I forgive David (when forgiving him was necessary).
I would breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I had been obedient. Within minutes another dishonoring thought would race across the movie screen of my mind. Every time I chose confession and forgiveness, I found it easier to resist the thought.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15
Windshield Wipers & Storms
God gave me an illustration of the act of confessing and practicing forgiveness. The storms of life are as sure and unpredictable as the thunderstorms that frightened us as kids. Today we drive through storms to get where we want to go and we use our windshield wipers to see our way through the storm.
In the relationship storms of our lives, we have confession and forgiveness as the tools to see through the storm. As windshield wipers cast down the pouring rain, confessing our sin and asking for forgiveness casts down the imaginations designed to separate us from God.
The next time you find yourself rehearsing the faults of others remember to turn on the windshield wipers of your mind. Choose to obey God’s instructions to honor others, confess the sin, ask for forgiveness, and forgive the other person.
God’s perspective is there to get you through the storm and on to victory! Just wipe away the temptation to focus on people instead of God.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.