Thursday, October 21, 2010

Are you grasping?

Ask yourself.....am I patient or do I demand? am I trusting or do I have a better plan? am I free or do I worry? am I grasping or do I wait to receive?

I finally understand a HUGE point in the Bible. As you all know....Eve ate the fruit from the tree of good and evil. She ate this fruit after God asked her not to. She ate it, shared it with Adam and in turn....we have SIN....THANKS!

But it is more than that.

God wanted her to know ALL there was to know of good and evil. He wanted her to have all the knowledge and wisdom, every detail. But in His time. And Eve doubted Him. Eve thought her plan was better. So she ate and fell and brought us all down with her. All because she did not trust in God. All because she doubted His plan for her. All because she didn't think He had good intentions for her. All because His timing wasn't in line with her timing. And because of this lack of trust, this grasping...Eve changed the world.

Now on the other hand, we have Mary, the New Eve. Mary gave her life for God. Mary did not grasp, but received with a HUGE yes and bore God's Son, Jesus. Mary trusted God. Mary trusted his timing, trusted his wisdom and knowledge. In Mary's time, she could have been stoned to death. Mary never doubted. Mary believed in God's plan and said "Yes". And because of this trust, this receiving, rather than grasping...Mary changed the world.

So....are you Eve or Mary? Do you grasp or receive? Do you think your plan is better or do you trust? Do you worry or are you free because you know God wants the best for you? Do you demand to know God's plan or do you show patience because His timing is perfect?

I think all of us are Eve...striving to be Mary.

I have learned being Eve ain't so great. Doubt, worry, impatience only lead to selfishness...which leads to sin...which leads to saying "no" to God rather than a huge "YES"!!!! And even though saying yes is really hard....it is worth it...it could change the world.

But the LORD'S eyes are upon the reverent, upon those who hope for his gracious help,
Delivering them from death, keeping them alive in times of famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and shield.
For in God our hearts rejoice; in your holy name we trust.
May your kindness, LORD, be upon us; we have put our hope in you.
Psalm 33: 18-22

3 comments:

Vanessa said...

Great post :)

Jennifer said...

Wow, I had never heard it like this. Thanks for pointing it out, and I agree I am more like an Eve striving to me a Mary. It is tough though!

kimberly t. bowling said...

Excellent post! Thanks for sharing!