I have a girlfriend who loves photographing red doors. Why is that? Why are some doors more inviting than others? How can they manifest within us a conflicting desire? We want to enjoy their beauty, maintain the slight awe we feel in their presence–and yet we long to reveal the secret. Such a door is constructed with an invitation to reach out, warm fingers to iron, and know the mystery. Today’s letter is an invitation to our younger selves. It is fitting that it comes from a woman who has been unveiling the wonder of God alongside me for almost a decade. This is part of a series. If you’d like to add your voice to the collaboration, please email me: mariangreen5 (at) gmail (dot) com.
Romans 16.25-26 “All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures…”
Though you long to be accepted and invited in by those people you think are cool, it will leave you more empty than you feel now if you can imagine that! There is only one person who will fill the emptiness you have carried from your childhood. He will restore all that has been taken from you. You think I’m speaking of your future husband, but you are in for the surprise of your life. He’s much more.
Please don’t give up and take things into your own hands. It will end up leading you to a very dark and hopeless place. A place you cannot come back from of your own strength and will.
If you could only see as I see, you might trust. You are so fearful and needy. You think you can trust everyone, but it blinds your ability to see your own strengths. It keeps you from protecting yourself.
I want to protect you from the pain and rejection that awaits you. And teach you to care for yourself. I want you to be able to see your own beauty.
So please let me introduce you to this mystery person I spoke of earlier. I can hardly wait for you to meet Him. He is your Creator and He loved you before He even formed you. He knows every hair on your head. He has plans for your life. His commitment to you is stronger than anything the world has to offer you. He died for you! He is REAL, although the world would tell you He’s not.
He will teach you all you need to know and keep you safe in His peace, a peace only He can provide.
Won’t you turn from the direction you are headed by default and choose to trust Him? He will not disappoint.
It’s only because of His love for us that I love you and care about what you do with your life.
(and you are too)
Karen Trigg is founder of Ruth’s Hope, a ministry for real women living real lives searching for a real God. She has a passion for mentoring and intergenerational realtionships. You can read more of her thoughts and journey of the heart here. Tweet her @KarenTrigg.