Why is it easier to blend in than stand out? Why does it feel more comfortable to stay in the background rather than speaking up? Why is it hard to be different? For me the answer is simple..I want people to like me and approve of me. Lately God has been nailing me on that one..almost daily I find myself having to step out in a way that could end up in rejection. I’m not in love with the process. Yet I think I understand why it needs to continue.
He has His ways of teaching us..of stretching us..of shaping us. If we follow Him closely He will take us out of our comfort zone..especially when it comes to other people. He will challenge us to look for approval in His eyes not in the eyes of those around us. We are being called to a place where we speak truth no matter what.
My name actually means ” keeper of the truth”. I never liked my name when I was younger..it was unique and there were very few girls named Alicia ..today there are many. I realize now that God was preparing me to be able to stand alone. He was teaching me to be different and to live up to my name. I have fought Him over and over again..why did you make me the way I am Lord? Why am I a Jewish believer in the Gentile church? Why am I a woman who graduated from Seminary as a grandmother? Why am I passionate to tell people there is life in you? .. more life than they ever dreamed of?
He doesn’t explain it all to me. He does give me the ability to persevere and to trust Him for what I don’t understand. He will do the same for you. You are unique..different from those around you.. your life holds challenges that no one but God knows or understands. He made us the way we are. He created us for His purposes. We are chosen by Him..loved by Him. He will stand by us throughout our lives..pouring out hope into our hearts.. encouraging us and empowering us. He is with us!
“Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you. ”