God’s Thoughts and a Walk in the Garden

Isa 55:8 (NLT): My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine

My thoughts often suck… Between the MDD, the GAD and the BPD they can quickly turn into a tornado force storm….

God, thankfully, doesn’t think like I do…

There is an old hymn that “In the Garden” (you can hear it sung by Alan Jackson on YouTube)

The course words are what came to my mind:
And He walks with me
And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He talks with me… me, little old insignificant me… I can listen to His words… and for people who are dealing with a mental health crisis it can be a two pronged road… I can feel “guilty” because I am a Christian and yet my thoughts can be all over the place and not focused on Godly or heavenly things 1. because I don’t even think about it!! Then later I feel “convicted” because I didn’t…. 2. I do think of the Godly things however it is SOOOOO hard to stop the tsunamis and feel guilty because I can’t immediately stop it… both of the prongs can dig deep…

But now 4+ years into my mental health battle I have learned a few things…

I am able usually able to recognize the start of a tornado quicker. If I don’t, I deal with it when I do… God will help me wherever I am at… He’s always right beside me…

I am better equipped to deal with the storm… I have a Bible first aide kit handy… Bible verses which refute what is happening, journal of what has worked in the past, a support network…

The recall of physical peace with God… the words of this hymn are all too true

I have been in the garden with God…

He has walked with me – there is nothing too awful or horrid I can do that He won’t forgive… Jesus already died for it… I just need to ask in earnest…

He has talked with me – He tells me that all is right between Him and me… Jesus made everything right…

And He tells me I am his own –  that I am his Princess – that He has adopted me… that He loves me – JUST as I currently am…

And the joy we share as we tarry there – I get the treatment of the prodigal son returning – a huge feast because I am walking and talking with Him… and it is all just for ME… and truly…

None other has ever known.

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