Be, Not Do
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV)
Recently I’ve been put through a battery of medical tests and procedures. In the middle of the journey – as I struggled with the ‘why?’ and ‘what’ – I heard or read something that at the time didn’t shake me, but the words took root and resonated deeply a few days later. I so wish I could recall where I heard this in order to give credit to whomever it’s due, but the premise was: ‘Be’ not ‘do’.
So often when we are struggling we seek the Lord and ask Him why . . . we ask what He is trying to teach us . . . or what He wants us to do . . . which is exactly what I had been doing as I waited in the various doctor offices. But then I stopped that way of thinking and starting saying to the Lord, ‘Who do you want me to be through this?’ It sure took the pressure off and I learned to let go.
As I write this, I still don’t know the outcome of the most recent tests, but I finally get that the ‘what’ should not be the focus, but rather the ‘who’. Whatever comes our way – whether it be sickness, death of a loved one, or loss of a job – we are to keep our eyes on Him and ask ‘Who am I to be through this?’ When it appears that we have no power over circumstances in our life, this is one aspect that we can control. It’s our choice on how we react and whether we continue to praise Him and glorify His Name, or allow the enemy to wreak havoc in our hearts and minds.
Father, thank You that You are always there with us as we walk through the various trials that come across our paths. Thank You that You promise to be a light for our feet during the dark times and that we don’t have to be focused on what we should be doing, or how we should be acting, but that we only need to surrender and allow the ‘who’ to be changed as we are sanctified through the fire. Amen!