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The Abyss

 It has been quite a while since I have written an article for the website that wasn’t about the plants or animals growing all around us, but yesterday something struck me that I wanted to share. I had to get something out of the ABYSS!

 Now, I don’t think I have mentioned the abyss before – it is a large lower cabinet in the corner of my kitchen.  Don’t laugh now. J  This is the place where cookie sheets disappear without a trace.  Not even a search team has been able to locate some of the things that have gone into the Abyss.  At his point you are probably wondering what the point of this is – well, here ya’ go! 

The Lord spoke to my heart about all the things we tend to throw into a spiritual abyss in our lives.  How often have you felt the need to deal with something – a hurt, a weakness, an unforgiveness, or even something you knew the Lord would have you study in His Word – but for whatever reason you just didn’t (or wouldn’t) take the time to deal with it.

So what do we do?  Toss it in the corner of our lives and hope that it works itself out or that somehow we just forget about it. 

I can remember as a child when we would be out somewhere and I did something wrong, my Momma would tell me that I was going to “get it” when I got home.  Oh, how I prayed that she would forget.  I would be so good, but not too good, that way I didn’t arouse suspicion – in the hopes that she wouldn’t even remember what I had done and her promise to punish me.  But as adults we must deal with our own mistakes.  Sometimes I long for those spankings from my momma instead of the consequences of my mistakes as an adult.

Now, back to the abyss.  In our kitchen, this cabinet holds everything that is too large or long or strangely shaped to go in another cabinet.  It holds things that defy categorizing and things that have no other place where I can put them.  The problem is that these things end up being shoved so far back in the darkness that I forget all about them until I MUST have them.  Then we are searching everywhere to locate this item because we “NEED IT RIGHT NOW”! 

How many times I have had my hands covered in flour or dough and the smoke is rising from the oven and I can’t find that thing!  What thing – I don’t know – It could be anything but the point is that I know it is somewhere in the abyss.  No one wants to look in there because there is such disarray and darkness.  It has a large door (easier to throw things in) and the opening goes all the way back to the far corner of the kitchen wall.  And inevitably that furthest spot is where the item is that I need. 

As the Lord was showing me the aspects of this I began to see that there are places in our lives that we store our undesirable situations.  These are the touchy things, the difficult things, the painful things that we really would like to not have to deal with.  For myself I always hope that when these things finally do reappear they will be miraculously dealt with for me; that the Lord will have suddenly and graciously just set them right and it will require no effort whatsoever from me.  Guess what – that just doesn’t happen. 

Why?  Because the Lord desires for us to become more like Christ.  In order for us to become more like Christ we must die to our flesh.  We must daily make the decision that no matter how dark and ugly and scary and difficult the situations are that we face – we WILL to face them.  Notice I said WILL TO.  That means that we make the choice – the concrete determination of our will that we are not going to shove that problem to the back corner in the dark and hope it goes away.  The Holy Bible is our flashlight for our travels through the darkness.  Our Precious Heavenly Father knew that our nature was to not deal with the truth – to set aside the truth when it became uncomfortable.  But it is in submitting to His calling to face the sin and fear and . . . well, spiritual laziness that we so easily hold on to that we find the complete and total victory of the new life in Christ. 

 We need to clean out the corner cabinet.  We need to open that door and begin to take a good look inside and clean it out from top to bottom.  There is no telling what we will find in there.  The very thing that would free up my load and make my job easier may be hidden and forgotten in the deepest corner.  I am always amazed at how much better I feel when I empty those dark spots that have been so neglected – how clean and refreshed and excited I feel. 


And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Isaiah 30:20 – 21






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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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