Even Better Than Eden: Ch. 3, Image, Personal Journal
For the past (almost) seven years, our adopted daughter Anah has been a part of our family.
From outward appearances, Anah has made a lot of progress. For that, I thank God.
But from my end, it is easy to focus on all the things that still remain unchanged.
It is easy for me, someone who often hinges her identity on accomplishment, to tie my worth as a person to Anah’s growth.
Like Anah, I seem to have moved on, but truthfully, the wilderness still persists. There are times when life still feels dark, disordered, and empty.
In these moments, comes my test: Will I continue to choose God’s way of life for me—caring for Anah, through the mundane toddler-like neediness that parents are often eager to escape?
Or will I listen to the voice of temptation from the enemy, offering a trade and a promise of a pseudo-life that he cannot fulfill?
Every day, I have the privilege of experiencing the thorns of the wilderness—and with it, His grace (2 Cor. 12:9).
Will I pass the test trusting my Father and Creator who brings dead things to life? Or will I fall for the temptation—a twisted version of the test that promises life but actually brings my downfall and death?
Will I seek to fill my emptiness by my own means, goaded by my enemy—the one that tells me that I am made for more than menial labor, the voice that tells me to make a name for myself?
My Savior took on our broken humanity and lived in the same skin we do. It was fragile enough to die.
But in doing so, He also made it possible for us to bear a new image.
Will I be willing to die to myself, to do the small hard things that garner no praise or advance me nowhere so that I may solidly become more conformed to the image of Christ?
That image is formed in the way of humility and no other way.
But it is also unshakeable, eternal and permanent.
If I choose His way of life—which often looks like death—I will gain far more than I ever lose.
How about you?
Maybe you too have a hard choice to make too. How will this Story imprint itself on your life?
Our gracious Father, may we faithfully choose Your path of life and trust You to build in us the image of Christ as we do so. Grant us Your grace to bear the thorns and pass the tests You give us. Amen.