Living on the edge unsettles me. I’m hard-wired for safety. Live in the pursuit of peace. Find my rest in refuge.
Though I yearn for the ease of feeling more secure, of trusting so fully in God I am like a carefree child splashing in the sea of His grace.
When parental rejection, the sting of guilt and shame, or society’s scorn casts us off as being unworthy of attention, then we can feel miserable, marginalised, desperate for approval.
Being accepted, being heard, being respected, being loved is what our needy hearts long for.
The world’s way is to embrace you one day and spit you out the next.
Without deliberately seeking it, we have become edge-dwellers, shifting shadows on the margins.
What do we do when life tips us sideways and hisses, ‘You’re not enough’? Maybe measures us by the size of our wallet, the way we live, the gifts we give?
We look to the One who speaks a soft, soothing whisper to our souls. He says we are His cherished possession, dearly beloved, fully accepted in Him. We ~ you and me ~ are enough because He is Enough, so much so He died to save us.
Jesus came humble, came lowly, and seeks those who feel ‘less than’ to give them more than they ever could hope for or imagine.
And as we seek after Jesus, we see how He stoops in tenderness to offer us comfort, reassurance and hope.
In following His ways we will find ourselves living on the edge, on the margins at times, at odds with the world’s ways of thinking and reacting.
Because all who strive to live a God-centred life will encounter resistance, rejection and strife.
But we will also have opportunity to follow Christ, to be in relationship with Him from now to eternity and receive all that our empty, thirsty souls need to be fully satisfied.
‘Living on the edge’
I feel like I’m living on the edge
of society, with a longing to be
more, to discover, to explore
and uncover deep hidden things
for which my impoverished soul sings
Most of life feels like a race
for which I have no pace or speed
Where the primary function seems
to be to make a mark, to succeed
And as I scoop with eager arms
to catch a smidgen of success,
it very quickly loses charm and
leaves me breathless, needing rest
Depleted, weary, scarred and torn,
I feel the blast, the heat
of this world’s scorn, and have
to make a swift retreat
On the edge of obscurity
can feel a scary place to be
until I pause, sense your presence,
then reassurance comes to me
You chose the road-less-travelled
You were often on your own
You didn’t become unravelled
but kept your counsel and your calm
Found purpose in doing the Father’s will,
strength from resting completely still in Him
And wisdom from Holy Spirit’s refill
Jesus, I want to live this way
To follow hard after your heart
In all I do, think and say, please
help me to live right, do my part
Friend, you don’t have to wait for the world to approve of you; God already does.
Come to Him; read His word, see and hear how much He loves you, receive His cleansing, forgiveness, mercy and grace, and learn to live freely again in His loving embrace.
**NOTE** ~ This post was written a while back and sat in draft form ready for a time such as this when energy is low and I’m away enjoying some special with the family. I am grateful to God for inspiration coming in abundance sometimes so I have the ability to share later. 🙂