The Beauty of Irony {and LINKY}

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there is great beauty and majesty in the irony of God’s wisdom.

It’s been a long week.

Who am I kidding? It’s been a long year!

While it’s true that this year has been full of personal and professional victories, growth opportunities, and celebrations – it’s also been a year of great heartache, struggle, and uncertainty.

To be quite honest,

I am physically, spiritually, and emotionally exhausted.

And yet, at the same time, I am convinced that God is with me and inspired by God’s promises for the future that lies before me.

The Christian walk rarely runs short of irony.

God uses the foolish to shame the wise.

His power is made perfect in my weakness

When I am weak, then I am strong.

By offering my life, I keep it, but if I endeavor to keep it, I lose it.

Suffering produces hope.

Peace that surpasses all understanding can be found in the midst of struggle.

Whoever wants to be first must first be a slave.

Wow.

Isaiah 55:9 (NIV) reads,

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

That almost seems like a huge understatement. Yet, I can not deny that

there is great beauty and majesty in the irony of God’s wisdom.

I may not always know why, or how, or if God is moving. But each day bring a clearer revelation of the great love that is poured out onto us by an even greater God.

God loves me so much that He refuses to give up on me.

He knows how very much I need Him. He also knows that I am far too foolish to simply turn over my life to Him. God is well aware of my faults, flaws, and personal limitations. He knows that I am stubborn and prideful and still He loves me. He sees my fear and anxiety, and still He desires to use me.

He understands that because I am young and rebellious, that I will struggle and kick against the goad, and He has designed my life and heart so that when I have exhausted myself, I will be a prepared plot of land ready for planting healthy and reproductive fruit.

He understands that as I struggle and overcome I grow stronger, and with each failure, my humility allows me to receive and submit to a little more of Him.

We serve an amazing God.

Because of His wisdom and intricate knowledge of who we are combined with his all-encompassing love for us, we can trust Him. He knows what we are capable of, and when only His strength will carry us through. And if necessary, He carries us through our darkest and hardest seasons.

Because He is more than faithful.

And He loves me.

And you.

More and more.

 

So, for all of you who, like me, feel more like it’s a Wednesday than a Monday, here’s…

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Comments

  1. This is beautiful, Letetia. Praise God that His ways are higher than ours. We will never understand the depths of His love until we reach glory, but what a day that will be! Thank you for the uplifting post and for hosting, and God bless.
    Laurie Collett recently posted…Three Found TreasuresMy Profile

    • Laurie, thank you so much for stopping by and visiting! I love being loved by the God we serve. His love encourages me to deeper depths and higher heights! Thanks so much for your continued encouragement!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – May 27My Profile

  2. What an encouragement to read those glorious contradictions that are part of our faith. Victory through surrender! Thanks for making time to host this link up in the midst of the chaos!
    Michele Morin recently posted…Fire BearersMy Profile

    • I find resting in God’s glorious grace and wisdom gives me great joy and peace. Since I can’t figure out His will and handle it myself, I might as well give it to Him – mostly. I’m still a grateful work in progress. Blessings!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – May 27My Profile

  3. THESE words of yours NAIL IT, Letitia…He understands that because I am young and rebellious, that I will struggle and kick against the goad, and He has designed my life and heart so that when I have exhausted myself, I will be a prepared plot of land ready for planting healthy and reproductive fruit. Praying your learn your lessons more quickly and less painfully than I did. Blessings and hugs…
    Sheila Kimball recently posted…You’re called to be a wife not a worrier…Trust God, stop fuming and let your husband leadMy Profile

    • Sheila, I am still learning, and yes, far too often still kicking. lol! But praise God, He is still loving me. So, I guess I’ll be ok. Although, I certainly appreciate your prayer. Here’s to hoping I become a much more humble learner. Thank you so much for your continued encouragement! Blessings, Letetia
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – May 27My Profile

  4. I have a friend who calls this concept “God’s Upside Down Kingdom.” Love it! When everything feels backwards and upside down (and ironic!) we see even more clearly what only makes sense with Him!

    Love from Women with Intention!

  5. Hi there, I am new here! Found your party over at the Raising Homemakers linky. I am glad to found you..
    Khit ( Cristina) Mandeville recently posted…United :Empires – Review and GiveawayMy Profile

  6. So many times His strength is made perfect through my weakness. He knows we so often try to do it on our own. Still He is patient and loves us and forgives and helps us along. To Him be the glory!
    Gayl recently posted…In the Quiet of the MorningMy Profile

    • Gayl, I am all too familiar with choosing to foolishly attempt to move ahead of God. But, I am so very thankful that He loves me in spite of my foolishness! Thanks for your continued encouragement, my friend.- Letetia
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – May 27My Profile

  7. Thank you for sharing with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings to you this week and I hope it is a good one.
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  8. It blows my mind too that God is so beyond me but he still uses me! Great post! Visiting from #fellowshipFriday.
    Kristen recently posted…Confidence is What We NeedMy Profile

  9. Beautiful! So often I find myself feeling weak and worn, and God reminds me that He is strong….and I am strong when I am weak. It’s an upside down kingdom!
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  10. Beautiful post and words. ‘there isgreat beauty and majesty in the wisdom of God’s irony’. Glad I am neighbor at 3-DforLife today.
    sandraj recently posted…Unanswered Prayer & Chocolate CakeMy Profile

  11. His power is definitely made perfect in weakness. I am so glad!!!!
    Have a nice day!
    Mary

  12. I’m right there with you this week. Letetia! I would love to feature this post on this week’s Grace & Truth but the rules to be featured state that the post has to have a link (via text or button) to one of us hosts. If you want to add that really quick, I’d love to feature you on Friday morning! I’ll check back, girl!
    Holly Brown recently posted…The Reputation of GodMy Profile