Who You Are

I live in the heart of Kentucky, the Bluegrass State. It’s always too hot, too cold, too humid, too dry… And never the same for long. We have a saying in Kentucky that “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change.” And it usually does, though not always for the better.

Sometimes, it’s like that in our own lives. We don’t like who we are, but we are stuck there… Like it’s too hard to change who we are. It’s takes too much effort to try to be the daughter they want, or the husband she needs, or the friend, sister, fill-in-the-blank. Is it too much trouble to want to be the person God intended us to be? Maybe we’re not looking in the right place.

This morning, I woke up with Unspoken singing Who You Are in my head.

You can never fall too hard, so fast, so far
That you can’t get back when you’re lost
Where you are is never too late, so bad, so much
That you can’t change Who you are…

Come back from wherever you’ve been
To the foot of the cross
To the feet of Jesus

We can change who we are. We just have to turn around and run to the One who stands with arms open wide, waiting for us to notice that He’s there, at the foot of the cross.

Sometimes it is SO painful to make that change. Even small changes are hard for me sometimes. I read this morning that sometimes pain and beauty can be tangled in a big knot called HOPE. I’d rather place my pain in the palm of His hand where it is safe, sheltered, soothed, and given time to heal, than to leave it locked in my heart to destroy everything around it.

Thank You, Lord for Your forgiveness. I can’t earn it. It’s a gift, pure and simple, if I just turn around.

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