Earlier tonight I was writing an email to a friend, but I was so tired, and typing probably way too fast for my brain to keep up, that instead of typing "tired" I typed "tried." Then I thought, "Mmmm. How odd...Just a simple switch-a-roo of two letters, and we've got two words that are related."
Related? Yes...because whenever we're being "tried" (as being purged of the dross, purified) we usually become "tired" right? Just like I mentioned in the last blog, "Are You Fed Up (or TIRED) of the Delivery?" we can grow weary from these "brown-paper-bag" circumstances we find ourselves facing on the "front door of life."
Maybe it will help for us to remember this simple hint: The two letters that are being switched are the letters "I" and "R." Notice if the "i" comes first, we have the word tIred. Isn't that the way it goes whenever we put the "I" ("me") first in viewing life's trials---we become tIred. ??? Yep. Wondering how this will affect "me," or "why does this always happen to me?" "when will I ever learn?" --- Worrying about "me" makes "me" TIRED! ;o)
Maybe one thing God is trying to teach us is to put the "R" first. Rest. Rely. Be Reassured. Relax. Run to Him. Roll over your burden on Him. Everything changes! We go from being tIred, to being tRied. And what does Job say? "But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10 (KJV)
This is just a simple Reminder to myself to put a lot MORE "R" in my tRials and a lot LESS "I."
Can you think of other things He's tRying to teach us to do? It doesn't even have to start with the letter "R." :)
Oh Father, Thank You for a simple "typo" this evening...and for pausing me by Your Holy Spirit's nudging, to look at that once more and THINK about the truth in the simple typo. When we look at the storms and trials in our lives from a new perspective, one that doesn't pull us into the hopelessness of putting "self" first, but ROLL our burdens onto You, we find REST..and we also find that when we are TRIED, we shall come forth as GO
DL , I mean goLd. But yes, even in that typo, I am reminded that we shall come forth as "more in the Likeness of God's image!" Which is to be desired more than gold! Thank You, Father! Even in our mistakes You teach us lessons! Strengthen us Father, as we rest in Your arms tonight. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.