Debbie's Perspective

Just my thoughts of the day.

RELINQUISHED

on March 14, 2013

The Dream
There was an ancient people who built a tower. God judged and destroyed them.

A new people were trying to build the tower again, not to be rebellious, but they thought if they could build the tower in just the right way, it would be accepted by God.

They built and built, but not with bricks and stone; they built with houses, cars, papers, books, ideas, and the very lives of people. They planned and schemed, but no matter how hard they worked, the tower kept being built exactly as the first one. No matter what they did or how they maneuvered things, every time it was the same as the first.

The people asked God to start over, but once again, no matter what they did, it was always the same.

On their knees a cry went out to God that it was “Impossible!”

The answer came: “You can’t out think, out strategize, out maneuver, or out guess God. That is impossible.”

The people cried out, “Then what do you want from us? What can we do?”

God answered, “I want you. I want your love, and your obedience. You belong to me.”

Anger rose up from the crowd, “Like a servant or a dog?”

“No. Like my child.”

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Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

My dream pictured a people just like me trying to please God, but trying to do it their way at the same time. Not purposefully trying to rebel, but still wanting to be in control. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the desire to be in control is just wanting to do a good job, be competent, and get it right.

There is a fine line between wanting to bring excellence to God and running the whole show. The line is between a relinquished heart and self. They must meet on the altar.

Which will I choose?

A life planning, maneuvering, and strategizing how to get the pieces to fit or a life relinquished to a loving Father who places each piece to carefully craft a perfect plan?

One produces a lopsided, ill-fitting structure, and the other produces a stunning tower; a dwelling place for the King.

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7 responses to “RELINQUISHED

  1. Missy says:

    Oh, wow! This dream was a phenomenally convicting read. And laying our very selves at the altar, willingly, and letting God love us… yes – longing to get that right, too. I so loved this post!

  2. People don’t change do they unless they finally lay it on the altar and let Him. Love your blog. Debbie W. (OBS Leader)

  3. Amber Oatman (OBS leader) says:

    Wow!! Loved your comparisons to the towers we build today!! What an awesome thought! God has given you a gift! Thank you for sharing it with us ❤

  4. Lori B says:

    What a great illustration of our bricks to their bricks. I don’t realize all the little idols that I put in front of God and then I keep stacking them up like the building and it tumbles. I have a tendency to focus on the big ones when it’s the little that cause me to crash and burn. I do need to lay it every morning at the alter. Thank you Debbie

  5. julie3344 says:

    I had always been confused by the Tower of Babel story, but I really like the way you interpreted it. We all try so hard to build and plan and map out, our creations always fall short. I think it helps to spend some time in nature and really experience God’s magnificent creations. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Julie says:

    Such an Awesome Gift! Keep Following God’s Plan and sharing your gift with us, Debbie!

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