I sit in a cold barn, in my pajamas, on a hard bale of straw. I am sobbing out my heart to the Lord. Choking on the words that come from my soul through my hoarse voice, uttered in the still of the big barn.
Goats chew softly, their hay. I cry out. Weak pleading. All the ugly that is my heart spills out through hot tears and prayer.
My God hears. He knows.
No one knows so well as He the depths of this wayward, sinful heart of mine.
How easy I see the speck in another's eye. How can I see at all? Logs protrude from my eyes.
Our human eyes are prone to see the inconsistency in others. We don't look in the mirror often enough for our inconsistency to glare back at us.
My hot breath hitting the cold air turns to clouds of fog. Hot tears barely escape my lashes before they feel cold.
I sob out loud to my Lord. I ask Him to teach me how to love those around me without condition. I ask Him to teach me how to live joy; how to live in the Spirit not in the flesh.
I hold out my heart, a throbbing, bloody mess. I ask my Savior to take it, renew it, make it new. Fashioning the ugly broken, into something God-glorifying.
He takes this filth I hand Him. He knows the dark depths of my soul.
He loves me still.
This is a miracle.
After the hot flood of tears; the surrender. My Father sends me a peace. A quiet stillness in my soul.
Later on, as I bustle to prepare something delicious for Mommy and family, who are feeling sick, Mommy thanks me for working with such a joyful spirit.
I am taken back.
I have a joyful spirit?
This is not me.
The joy, it is God.
God inside of me. God chiseling away at the ugly scab of my nature; growing inside of me His tender Spirit.
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to comletion at the day of Jesus Christ.