Out Of The Wreck
by Nichole Deakins
Sometimes I feel like a wreck: my emotions are out of sync, my thoughts are overwhelming, my default parenting kicks in, and I keep treading along hoping that I have enough initiative and strength to pull myself out of my mess. It’s the “I’m going to pull myself up by the bootstraps and buck up” syndrome that deceives me into believing I’ve got this.
Sadly, I get buried in more wreckage when I try to do it on my own. However, an early 20th century Scottish Baptist evangelist and teacher has guided me numerous times along my spiritual journey. His name is Oswald Chambers, and his teachings were compiled after his death in 1917 into the book “My Utmost For His Highest” by his wife from her own verbatim shorthand notes. Over the years his thoughts and words have driven home for me God’s truths in scripture.
I mention this to you because God has recently spoken to me in the midst of my wreckage through Oswald’s words. So if you feel like a mess today or even a train wreck, let Oswald’s following words reveal or simply remind you of God’s absolute truth about His love for you. His Spirit-filled words continue to live on throughout the generations, giving readers a firm foundation to step onto and rise above their surrounding debris and rubble.
Here are the words of Oswald Chambers from the book “My Utmost For His Highest”:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:35
God does not keep His child immune from trouble; He promises, “I will be with him in trouble…” (Psalm 91:15). It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate him from his relationship to God. “In all these things we are more than conquerors…” (Romans 8:37). Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real. And he said we are “super-victors” in the midst of them, not because of our ingenuity, nor because of our courage, but because none of them affects our essential relationship with God in Jesus Christ. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes was not there.
“Shall tribulation…?” Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be - whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness - it is not able to “separate us from the love of Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you (Matthew 13:22).
“Shall distress…?” Can God’s love continue to hold fast, even when everyone and everything around us seems to be saying that His love is a lie, and that there is no such things as justice?
“Shall famine…?” Can we not only believe in the love of God but also be “more than conquerors,” even while we are being starved?
Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of these things which come against him. Only one thing can account for it - the love of God in Christ Jesus. “Out of the wreck I rise” every time.
(You can find more of Oswald Chamber’s thoughts at https://utmost.org)