Saturday, March 5, 2011

The "In" I'm Glad I'm In

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There are several places I've been in where I wish I hadn't even come close to. I've been:
  1. in trouble
  2. in hot water
  3. in a frenzy
  4. in a quandry
These are not good things to be in. It certainly makes everything going on around you seem minor.

To be in trouble, for instance, implies that trouble is all around you. You are completely encapsulated by your struggles. Nothing gets out, or goes in, without passing through trouble. Now, this may not always be the actual case, but that's certainly the implication of the phrase, as well as the three that follow it on my little list. And, of course, my biggest goal when I'm in one of these instances is to try to get out of it.

Now, this probably isn't very comforting or encouraging. However, as I was looking ahead in my devotional, I came across a thought that was in fact both of these things. It's related to another state that I am in.
No matter the source of the evil confronting you, if you are in God and thereby completely surrounded by Him, you must realize that it has first passed through Him before coming to you. (Streams in the Desert, L. B. Cowman, July 23). (emphases mine)
Now, I know that I am in God/Christ, but I never really thought about the implications of it--at least not in this way--until this morning. When I am in Christ, it means that Christ surrounds me, encapsulates me like a cocoon. Everything that reaches me--whether it is good or bad in my eyes--is allowed in by the Creator of the Universe. He is truly sovereign, and truly all-knowing.

When Marc had his first brain surgery, God was there--and he allowed it by His divine knowledge and mercy. When Marc's vision got worse for no apparent reason, God "saw it coming," if you will, and allowed it into the cocoon of my and Marc's position "in Christ." And when God moved a brother or sister in Christ to anonymously give us a very large amount of money when we really needed it, he let it slip right through that cocoon and into our waiting arms.
Joanne Sher An Open Book
I'll never think of being "in Christ" the same again. And that is certainly an "in" I'm glad I'm in.


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18 comments:

  1. I love that line about God letting it slip through the cocoon and into waiting arms. I'm glad WE don't know what's coming before it happens!

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  2. thanks for this encouraging blog. It helps me a lot in the situation I am in. But I know God is holding me so I never have to worry. God has promised us "No temptation (or problem/trials, etc) can seized except what is common to man, and God is faithful, He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand under it."

    What's important is we should always ask God to open our eyes so that we can see/recognize the way He provided. Next is to take a step toward that door and out of the situation.

    God bless!

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  3. I really needed this reminder today. God is in control. I am in His care, through strange roads and iffy weather.
    Thanks.

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  4. Barb - I can't even imagine how I'd react if I "knew what was coming." God is so gracious.

    And Vonnie - thrilled I could help. Praying, sweet lady. God's there.

    And welcome to the blog, todrawneargod! So glad I could bless you, and that you blessed me. Such a wonderful reminder that He will get us through.

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  5. I'm thankful He cares and loves us. I also love the image of "Christ surrounds me, encapsulates me like a cocoon." Hugs, Rita

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  6. What a wonderful picture, Joanne, and right-on thoughts. Now all I have to learn is not to try to kick off His covers!

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  7. "in Christ" . . . encapsulated by His care and presence . . . nothing good or bad reaches me unless it goes through Him first . . .

    some thoughts I really need to digest. Truths I really need right now.

    Thanks Jo.

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  8. What a warm, comforting reading this morning! I can enjoy this rainy day knowing I'm wrapped IN His protective, warm arms. Thanks for the encouragement today, Jo!

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  9. A very good thing to be reminded of. Thanks, Jo.
    Sunny

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  10. I've been IN trouble more times than I care to count. oops:) I'm so glad God takes care of me. I love the idea of being wrapped in the blanket like the newborn. Awesome analogy, Jo:)

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  11. Being "In Christ" leaves very little room for being "in trouble, hot water ..." How hard do we work to wedge these things into the cocoon you so beautifully describe. This word picture is one that will follow me and, hopefully, keep me "out" of trouble :) Thanks, Joanne. What a blessing.

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  12. Love the imagery, Jo...it reminds me of a poem in my Sigh compilation...that's how I felt: wrapped in God's love. Good, good thoughts and great way to present it!
    lvya!

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  13. I am soooo thankful I am IN CHRIST! That's the most important place to be! Thanks, JoDear.

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  14. I love being IN with the IN people and INvolved IN His plan to be a blessing IN other's lives.

    So with that being said... I'm IN!

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  15. You guys have blessed ME (and Mari made me laugh - thinking she might need a side trip to get IN the looney bIN ;)). You are such a wonderful group of ladies.

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  16. Beautifully put - i especially love the baby photo.

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  17. You said it, Sister! And beautifully. Good thoughts to end the day with.

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  18. Very Nice and well written! Thanks for that today.

    Anyways, my wifes name is Annette (pastors wife)and she just opened her blog to public setting as she wants to be an encouragement and blessing to people (she is also hoping to do giveaways). I was trying to be an encouragement to her by asking if you would be willing to swing by and say hi as she does not know many people in the blog world? Thank you for considering. Her blog is

    http://continuedwonder.blogspot.com/

    Thank You,
    Rodney(Annette's husband)

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