Thoughts for the Week

Come “As Is”

I had a problem.

There was some tension between me and a friend. I had made a mistake and needed to make it right. I remember praying about it, asking God to help us. I wanted to talk it out with this friend first, but I had no idea how.

I knew I was sorry. But I figured that I needed to figure myself out first. Why did I make that mistake? Why was I feeling the way I was? I needed to understand my problem and fix it before trying to sort it out with my friend.

But I was reading through 2 Corinthians chapter 6, and God showed a verse to me in a new way. Paul said to the church, “A  fair exchange–I speak to you as my children–open wide your hearts also” (v. 13, NIV).

God impressed on my heart that I needed to “open wide my heart” to my friend. I didn’t need to have the problem all figured out before I talked with him. I could bring it all as it was.

God also reminded me that I can bring problems to Him I don’t understand. Just because they don’t make sense doesn’t mean I can’t share them with Him.

So before you think you need to have everything understood and squared away before you come to God, know you can always come to Him “as is.”

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.
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