August 31, 2015: Lord, Lord

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”

Romans 7:15

God’s creation contains darkness along with light. It is a reality we cannot escape, but He provides us with the means to get through desolation – we have only to act. When night falls, we turn on a lamp; when storms rage, we run to safe shelter; when rain pelts, we raise umbrellas.

Taking action though, is not always as easy when the darkness resides within us, when we don’t even recognize what danger looms in our inmost being. Where nature is honest and truthful, our fallen selves are easily deceived.

Through the darkness, God longs to carry us to dawn, but He is not forceful in his love and longing; He gives us free will. So the one ingredient that saves us from nature’s calamities is the same ingredient that saves us from ourselves – action. When we make even the slightest movement toward God’s rescue, He is waiting to lift us into his loving arms.

Lord, Lord

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

I cry “Lord, Lord,”

yet stubbornly cling to the darkness of my false god

and yield to familiar enveloping numbness.

It placates and buffers the gnawing

from which I am unwilling to reach up and grasp the Hand

that longs to save me from myself.

I hide from the ugliness I might discover

in the light of a clear mind.

Instead, I remain dazed

from the fleeting pleasure of sweet deceits, and

fall into the pocket of oblivion where nothing matters

any more.

What makes me think I will magically say “Yes” to

Truth that longs to find me

after a lifetime of submitting to the subtle and easy lie?

My actions betray my heart.

It is not enough to cry “Lord, Lord”.

I am convicted by Paul’s lament.

If I sincerely ask for rescue, He will come

and sweep me upward.

Jesus, I trust in You.

“Lord, Lord”, give me the strength not just to ask and trust,

but to act.

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