I recently asked a friend what his official title at work was. His answer was, “It’s complicated.” My response to him was that “it’s complicated” sounds like a relationship status, and we both laughed. On Facebook, people have the option of selecting – single, engaged, in a relationship, it’s complicated (or a host of other things – as you can see above). The “It’s Complicated” always puzzled me. What is complicated about saying whether you are or aren’t in a real relationship? But, often, it’s complicated means you are in an ambiguous relationship where you have all the responsibilities of a particular position (in a relationship or at work), but you just don’t have the title you want. When you look at your Christian walk, do you sometimes think it is complicated?
Most likely, it is not your Christian walk that is complicated. Instead, it is probably a situation that makes your faith wane or causes you to say or do something you shouldn’t.
Sometimes things are just that – complicated (for various reasons). But, your relationship status, especially with God, should never be complicated. Either it is or it isn’t. Sometimes obstacles appear and issues arise without warning. These issues cause frustration, especially if it makes you feel helpless. When moments like this arise, I meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:9 – “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.'”
Most days I don’t think life or any of my current circumstances are complicated. But, some days I do. I shouldn’t. But, I do. When I do it is usually because life has taught me a rather hard lesson that day. After the smoke clears, I remember Psalm 84:1, which reminds me that God’s dwelling place is lovely – not complicated. Therefore, if God dwells in us, HE will shine through in every situation and circumstance. If God dwells in us, we should have a constant spirit of thanksgiving and praise (not just on Thanksgiving Day or during the holiday season). If we allow God to dwell in us, the seemingly complicated times in life – sickness, bad attitudes, money issues, complicated relationships, etc. – will take a back seat to the truths of God’s word. So, if you are like me, and life sometimes slaps you in the face, remember that God is our dwelling place and that his dwelling place is lovely and uncomplicated. I pray that God dwells in me (and in each of you) so that my actions and reactions to seemingly complicated situations aren’t contrary to what I know to be true about God and His promises.
P.S. I made cupcake toppers last Friday. The How- To and photos are posted under the Crafts Tab. Check it out.