"In His majesty [I write] victoriously for the cause of truth...for the Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary." ~ Isaiah 50:4 (ESV)
In recent days, I've felt fairly overwhelmed with anxiety and stress. In a nutshell, I just wanna be married already (#sixweeksleft) and know where Lyssah and I will be living post-honeymoon. I'm sure many of us have been there before in one form or another.
But during this time, I've also been thinking about the Coke Zero 'And' commercials and how spiritual twists can be derived from secular advertising. And the more I've connected effective marketing strategy to personal application, the more I've been able to gather important revelations from them.
For instance, last week, I'm talking to God in my quiet time...doin' the whole Philippians 4:6-7 and James 4:2 thing...and then, out of nowhere, the following dialogue breaks out...
"God, I'm worried about this not working out."
God says, "And!?!"
Then I say, "I'm also nervous about not experiencing immediate breakthrough in this area of my life."
God, again, says, "And!?!"
"But God, this other dream of mine...it could have happened sooner...oh, and on a side note, if only I had been more mature in my early 20's...people would like me better".
God, in tender yet firm grace, ushers out one last "AND!?!"
And finally, I cave into the magnificence of proclaiming Proverbs 19:21-23 (ESV):
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm."
Way to play the trump card, God. Even when life is 33 degrees with a cold rain, your truth is refreshing like a spring breeze.