I don't know everything, but in recent days, even what I think I know has been in question and in constant review.
The thing is, I am the one questioning and reviewing ...submitting all the feelings before a perfect and Holy God and seeking to be in alignment with His character and rejecting anything that resembles the character of the enemy of our souls. Surrounding myself with those who do the same act of submission. They are wise counsel.
In a world that screams loudly..."This is right!", "This is wrong", "You should do this thing!", "Fall in line here!", "Hashtag this!", "You are this!"............, I see how we struggle, not only to find solid ground on which to stand, but standing strong when it shakes.
The increasing volume of voices of judgement, defining who people are contrasted with the same voices claiming "Hey, you do you", are loud and full of emotion.
One of the biggest words that have sent me to my knees has been the word..."should"
You should do this, feel this, be this, choose this, like this, hate this, and on and on...
"Shoulding" is the new shaming.
All of this has caused this soul to get quiet and get in a place of stillness and do some heart work, ask hard questions and seek real answers that have eternal perspective. Even that wise silence is judged in these shaky days.
With all the chaos, how do I sort out what to receive and what to reject?
What am I called to carry with me into the next season?
in order to make that choice, what's needed is good discernment.
Discernment is the ability to judge well.
The quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure;
an act of perceiving or discerning something (merriam webster)
In the pursuit to discern well, wisdom is the key element.
Wisdom is the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment...
a sense, an understanding of what is good and right ....
and I would add, apart from all the "feels"
If I follow the feels unchecked, wisdom doesn't lead and my discernment is flawed.
So, in this season, where the ground shakes with enemies, both visible and invisible, wisdom must rule my choices.
Choices of what to receive and reject, what to carry or cast out, which voices to listen to and which to invest in and let go of.
I need that true North...the standard, otherwise, I'm just winging it and twisting in the wind, looking for guidance with no compass.
God's standard is Love...
If I allow LOVE, as defined by the ONE who loves fully, ETERNITY, that has been set in the hearts of us all, and WISDOM, that is promised if I ask for it, to be the standard, I believe the voice of truth will guide and direct as wise decisions are required on the choices set before me today.
This piece of art is created in the midst of this season of chaos. She has a quiet confidence as she wisely chooses what she'll carry into the next season of her walk on this side of heaven, but she doesn't hold it tightly or close as she may be asked to give it away. She knows that, as she moves, what she's carrying may only be for this moment and it may not be for her, but she keeps walking in peace knowing that what she needs for the next moment will surely be provided.
This is her walk. No one else can walk it and she's a good steward of what she receives as she travels. This is her assignment and path. Because she knows her Creator has a purpose attached to her passion, she can discern with wisdom and make a wise choice.
James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking NLT