Food for thought…..

This devotional is from my friend Gail.  Gail is a nurse, and does missionary work any time she can 🙂 Her devotional today was awesome!!

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Fitting In

It was late at night and we had the last piece of furniture to move in. We saved the couch for last because it was the heaviest and we needed to wait for the extra help to move it. The couch was not easy to get out  through the 36″ doorway of my daughter, Amy’s old apartment. Now, we faced moving it through a 31″ door and then immediately turning 90 degrees into the hallway. I honestly did not think we would be able to get the couch into the third floor apartment. Five people navigated two flights of stairs. Then for an hour and a half we tried various positions to get the couch through the doors with no success. All of us were frustrated.

Are you like the couch that can’t fit through the narrow opening? Very often, I want to fit in but feel like I don’t belong. I do not fit in the world. I love the Building 429 song “Where I Belong.” I started humming the lyrics:

Sometimes it feels like I’m watching from the outside
Sometimes it feels like I’m breathing but am I alive
I won’t keep searching for answers that aren’t here to find

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

So when the walls come falling down on me
And when I’m lost in the current of a raging sea
I have this blessed assurance holding me.

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

When the earth shakes I wanna be found in You
When the lights fade I wanna be found in You

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong
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Where I belong, where I belong
Where I belong, where I belong

This world is not where I belong.

It is ok not to fit in the world. In fact, in Matthew 7:13-14 it states “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

To enter the narrow gate, you must be a child of God. I am a child of God. I am saved from destruction because I have confessed with my mouth that Jesus is my Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. It is a simple as that Romans 10:9 verse.

Now let’s get back to the problem of fitting Amy’s couch through the narrow doorway. Finally, my husband Steve removed the satin cloth covering on the underside of the couch. He saw that the two armrests were bolted onto the couch so he dismantled both armrests from the couch. Now, the couch fit easily through the doorway and into Amy’s new living room. He reassemble the couch and it was like new except for one little side piece. The side piece had been jammed against the doorway too many times and broke under the pressure, but wood glue will fix the side piece.

God is molding me to fit into his plan. Isaiah 64:8 tells me “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Like the couch, I am being dismantled of my worldly ways and God is slowly reassembling me to be like Him. Like the verse in Ephesians 2:10, I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do. The more I let God mold me into His handiwork, the less I look the world.

My other daughter, Stephanie is moving in August. I hope her couch fits through the door.

 

 

 

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  1. awesome, Gail…..and so very appropriate for me at this time too!! thanks! Martha

  2. Wonderful devotional Gail! I am so glad God is breaking me and molding us all into his perfect image for his perfect will! Thanks for posting this!

  3. Mary Lee says:

    Thanks for sharing this devotional Gail! A good reminder about why we often don’t feel like we fit in.

  4. Love this Gail! Beautifully written:)