Emotions are Like Grass
You can find a lot out about who you are and what you believe when life happens. I have often heard the phrase, “what we go through, makes us who we are.” But I have learned from experience, that isn’t necessarily true. The truth is, “what we go through reveals who we are.” It is a much different perspective. In other words, we will always find out what we believe to be true in the midst of every single circumstance. The result: we will live out of our truths (And even more, when our beliefs shift, so can our responses). Let me give you an example.
I love getting a pedicure. What can I say, something about sitting in a quiet place while someone massages my cares away, that’s my kind of experience! I have one spa that I go to every single time. My belief is that, no matter where I go, my place is still the best. Of course that may not be the truth, but it is true to me. Every now and then I get invited to a place that is not my place. I love the time that I get to spend with the friend who invited me, however, I am convinced that no matter how nice the place I am visiting is, it will never be as good as my place. Because of my experience, I am convinced that my place is the best, and I will always refer other people there. As you can see, my consistent sharing of my experience proves that my belief system is completely rooted in the idea that my place rocks! But, things aren’t always as simple as sharing our favorite places…
When you are in a season that is extremely difficult, it does not feel so great! It can feel like you absolutely have a target on your back (in fact, I have never met a person going through a hard season say that they are enjoying themselves)! Most likely, you will share that experience with others. Everyone around you will be able to tell what you believe because how you respond to your season will reveal what you believe in the midst of it. And if your belief system is not rooted in the truth of the Gospel, then you will succumb to your feelings of whatever your season offers you: pain, torment, anxiety, depression, isolation. No matter what garment your season offers, it will be inevitable that you will then live out of that place. Are you following me?
The Bible tells us: A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 NLT
Whatever we allow to fill our hearts becomes the standard of what we speak over ourselves. And without the truth of God’s word to keep us securely grounded, we will allow those feelings to determine how we live our lives. Right now you may be saying to yourself, “Sometimes life is plain HARD!” Don’t I know it!
Over this past year, I have experienced one of the hardest seasons I have ever had to face. It has challenged every part of me. At times I have felt completely divided: Mind, body, soul, and spirit. Like I am stretched apart as wide as I can go. Like a piece of fabric being pulled at opposite ends by opposing forces, and I am in the middle waiting for the fabric to tear. But in the middle of every emotion, I have seen God more clearly than ever. I have seen that my circumstance don’t have to define how I feel or how God feels about me. Can I get an Amen?!
Even when I felt like walking away from everything, God was present. Reminding me of the truth of His word rooted deep in my heart.
I find that our feelings can be compared to the grass on top of the earth. The color and even texture of the grass gives an indication of what is going on deep down in the root system. Good ph. levels produce healthy grass. Bad ph. levels do not. Our feelings are the same! If you are spilling emotions all over the place, that is a good indication that something in the root system is in need of repair, and in need to be balanced out (like ph. levels).
It is normal to have feelings. They give an indication of what circumstances are surrounding us. But we must never allow them to determine how we will respond to our everyday lives,
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Romans 8:14 NLT)
When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we are then able to see that no matter what we are facing, God is in complete control of it all. My hard times don’t define me! And like grass that is healthy from deep down at the roots, whether I face frosty ice or burning sunshine, I will always be secure and filled with life.
So, what is going in your root system? How about your ph. levels? What does your grass of life reveal about you? Rest in the truth that when we are rooted in Him, we are secure…
And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns. (Philippians 1:6 TLB)