Saturday, June 25, 2011

Just Empty Boots

Just doing
some reading
and thinking
and praying
this morning.

66 letters
starts with
ends with

Read his first chapter about Genesis.
Started my journey through Genesis.
I read Genesis 1:1-2.
2 verses.
Yep, that's it.

Looked up cross references to Psalm 102:25, Isaiah 40:21 and John 1:1-3.
Wrote a response of about 4 pages in my journal.
Two verses.
It is going to take me a long time to get through the 50 chapters of Genesis.
Let alone all the way to the last verse of Revelation.
But I don't have a deadline.

But this is what I am left with:
without God, just empty boots.
{Actually much worse than empty boots
because empty boots don't fail miserably
and make little and catastrophic messes
and have minor and traumatic troubles on their own.}
But really, even with God, I'm still going to fail and struggle,
but the point and purpose will be found in Him
. . . eventually . . .
maybe on the other side.
The struggle will be here.
Life is like child labor
death the delivery
is embracing the new life in my arms and heart,
as the pains of labor-life diminish and fade.
At least, that is what my faith is, that is what my hope is.
For all the things I cannot do, or explain.
Without Him I am hopelessly insecure and selfish.

Me without Him is incomplete.

That's why I've found that
"believe in yourself"
is incomplete.
That "Believe in Me instead"
is a weight off of my failing and limited shoulders
and restores
my confidence and strength and belief in me
because Christ is ultimately
believed in.

"I can do all things"
is incomplete without
"because Christ is my strength."
{Philippians 4:13}
A house built
is in vain without
the Lord as builder.
A house-life built
on the foundation of God
will stand through the inevitable storms,
but built without Him
will wash away into the sand
and the fall will be terrible.
{Psalm 127:1 and Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49}
"Desires of my heart"
are not fulfilled without
delighting myself in the Lord.
{Psalm 37:4}
apart from Him, I can do nothing.
{John 15:5}
Just empty boots.

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  1. Beautifully worded Jodene! I am thinking similar thoughts to you...the list of "I am's" (i.e., I am forgiven; I am chosen; I am the apple of His eye, etc.) has left me wondering for a long time, wondering if it isn't MORE strengthening, MORE life changing, MORE say "Because of Jesus, I am a child of God"; "Because of Jesus, I am forgiven"; "Because of Jesus, I am the apple of His eye"; and so on....totally removing any hint of performance or striving on our part away from the reality of the promises...

    Love the picture of the empty boots, too...


  2. Jodi... this is wonderful! Without Him, just empty boots. So true. I love that image. So nice to read your thoughts this evening. Thank you! ♥

  3. Beautiful post Jodi and I appreciate the analogy!

  4. Thank you for sharing. The picture and the words are so timely!

  5. the boots pic drew me in and then your words drew in DEEPER STILL...

  6. what a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.


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