LEARNING TO EMBRACE

 LEARNING TO EMBRACE
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

 I'm learning to embrace, dear reader, my most disagreeable traits.
I'm learning to offer my deepest humiliations and weaknesses to God with a slow but observable knowledge that He is desirous of achieving glory through them.
He's not working to hide my truest self but to expose my truest self in order that "He" can display Himself through me.
He's not working to exalt my greatest state but to "level it" in order to expose His.
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I'm learning that I've been tampering with God's greatness in an effort to put forth my own.
I'm learning that my pride is a hindrance to God's glory,
 and that my usefulness lies in truthfulness before God and man.
I'm learning that I'm deeply loved and unconditionally accepted;
that in my lowest, most despised, and naked state I am clothed, adorned, and robed, and dressed in a most glorious state.
I'm learning what it is to identify with others freely, deeply, and openly without fear of reprisal, rejection, or condemnation;
I'm learning what it means to be absolutely in love with an absolutely loving God.
And those of us learning the same lessons are being drawn and brought together for the glory and praise of God.
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Tethered and tied to the Holy and Tried,
my soul lays naked, bare ... and in its most glorious state.
My inheritance is staked to the holiness of God,
and the pegs being extended.
"Enlarge the place of thy tent and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitation: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth ..."
Isaiah 54:2-3
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