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S T R E T C H E D

S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D.-2

S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D. It’s what happens when we head straight into the storm and keep pressing anyway. It’s what occurs when the obstacles rise and we push forward in spite of them. We learn to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46).

S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D. It’s what happens when struggles surmount, yet we set our eyes on the perfecter of our faith, Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)! We’re moved by His truth, rather than by our circumstances and surroundings.

S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D. It’s what’s going on inside of us when life throws hurdles our way and we choose to lean on the One who is “able to cause all things to work for our good and His glory,” (Romans 8:28). Rather than settle into bitterness and complaints, our faith grows, it flourishes, it’s greatly enlarged (2 Thes. 1:3).

S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D.  It’s what happens when we lean into the  pain and choose joy anyway. We learn to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer,” (Romans 12:12).

S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D. It happens every time we choose to “not grow weary while doing good” because we hold firm to the promise that “in due season we will reap our harvest,” (Galatians 6:9). And so we keep sowing in faith, we keep believing, we keep looking to the “Lord of the harvest” (Matthew 9:38).

S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D. It’s what happens when we put our trust in God and count it all joy when we meet all kinds of trials, because we know, “the testing of [our]  faith produces steadfastness” and when we let steadfastness have it’s full effect in our lives, we are perfected. We’re made complete. Whole. We lack nothing (James 1:2-4).

It’s the pulling of our spirit, our heart, mind, and soul as they are being made capable of going wider, deeper… We’re straightened or extended to our full capacity without breaking or tearing, without losing our elasticity.

Like youthful bodies during their adolescence, we stretch and straighten, muscles long forgotten being tightened and strengthened in order that we might reach the fullness God predestined for us.

The best part about it? Though we’re actively taking steps of faith,  “it is God who works in [us] both to will and to do for His good pleasure,” (Phil. 2:13).

Yeah, we’re being stretched, friend. It will get uncomfortable. It will hurt. It will not be fun and it will not feel good. But after all is said and done, we will look at how far God’s brought us and we’ll have no alternative but to declare that the power of God is the only thing that kept us from breaking and tearing as we were being  S  T  R  E  T  C  H  E  D!

 

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© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest

Comments

  1. Thank you for this beautiful truth poured out, Darlene. I often feel “stretched”, but I don’t take it back to God’s word and compare or align it with a holy stretching, as I should. So thankful for the glue of God holding me and you together, to keep our stretching from being a tear. <3

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