Friday, March 7, 2008

Feelings Vs. Truth


(If you are here for Lysa's recipe swap, you can click here to skip to that post. I'm sorry that I forgot to link directly to that post)

Arriving at a huge road block in our adoption journey has not been easy. My emotions have been all over the map.

My feelings have been telling me God has tricked us and betrayed us. I remember the call He placed on my heart and my husband's heart. Neither one of us desired to adopt, but God did an amazing and miraculous work on both of us that led us to the point of being able to say, "Yes."

Then our hearts moved from being able to say yes, to desiring this new child very much. But our journey to obey has met obstacle after obstacle and now we are unable to move forward. Whether or not this is a temporary or permanent stop along the way, we don't know.

So, is it true that God tricked us into wanting this, into beginning the journey? Did He set me up for further disappointment? Can I trust my feelings as trustworthy? The answer to all of the above is no.

I am so grateful that truth is not dependent upon how I feel or upon circumstances I don't understand. God has given me a resource for unchanging Truth, the standard to measure all circumstances against. The Bible.

I can see the fault in my emotions by reading this:

"Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I can trust the call we heard by reading this:

"When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice." John 10:4

I can trust God's heart for orphans by reading this:

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

I can learn how to respond to this by reading this:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh Becky this is sooooo good! I too am often fooled by my emotions and question if we are doing the right thing but you are absolutely correct that His truth is unchanging. (unlike my emotions!) I stand on that. Thank you for the timely reminder.
Love,
Lisa

Mrs. MK said...

Becky---this is SOOO where I am at in witnessing to a LDS neighbor---"feelings" just don't cut it!! They are NOT reliable, in fact they are liable to change often and repeatedly. Only God and his wonderful Word can be trusted infallibly---definately NOT our emotions or "testimony" or even "feeling the Spirit".

Hilty Sprouts! said...

Love the new blog!

Jen

S and K said...

Becky, what an incredible post. Thank you for sharing truth!
Praying for you constantly!
Love,
Katy

Michelle said...

Becky,
I could have written your post. I'm right there with you. This is not an easy time, but a refining time. I'm praying for you and your family.
I've gone private with my blog and I'd like to send you an invite but I don't have your email address. If you'd be interested email me at johnson2415@msn.com and I'll take care of it. Michelle

Brandi said...

What a sweet truth! That is one of my favorite things (well not favorite, b/c it isn't fun, so should I say constant?!). . .we say, "My heart is not the boss of me" around here, quoting Jer. 17:9 that the heart is deceitful above all things. . .I love how you listed the truth next to each lie.

What an easy way to come back to it if you need to. . .you should link this on the side of your blog as, "If you are having adoption troubles, click here" . . so timely and well put!

Brandi