Is it possible to be content in all circumstances? (Philippians 4:11)
What does it mean to be content?
Is it God’s desire for us to be 100% content in this life?
These questions have taken up, what seems to be, permanent residence in my mind as of late. Mostly having to do with Ukraine, but also with motherhood and wifehood (is that a word?).
At times my mind seems to be consumed with thinking about the ‘other things’. As I have deemed them.
Other Things being:
-what is not
-what could be
-what is yet to be
-what should be
and where my responsibility lies within those.
When I first came back from my time doing post-abortion ministry in Ukraine, I was quite overwhelmed with life.
I was side-swiped by how difficult it was for me to re-acclimate to being a wife and stay-at-home-homeschooling-mother of 3.
I struggled with depression. The not-wanting-to-get-out-of-bed depression.
I struggled with feelings of guilt for feeling depressed – a vicous cycle.
And I was overwhelmed by the question, what’s next?
Thankfully over the past couple of months I have had time to work through a lot of that. I learned quickly that vegging out and eating chocolate is not the best way to get replenished. In fact it has the opposite effect. Diving hard into God’s Word even when you don’t feel like it, is the only way to find encouragement (and a little chocolate doesn’t hurt either). Unfortunately that lesson was learned the hard way over many weeks of ups and downs – mostly downs.
So where am I two months out?
I am no longer struggling with feelings of depression or an over abundance of guilt like I was. I am so thankful. But the ‘other things’ still remain.
Did God call me to go to Ukraine for two weeks, never to return?
Since studying the book of Luke I was struck anew by the life of John the Baptist.
He was Jesus’ real, earthly cousin and had a miraculous birth as well. Of course not as miraculous a birth as Jesus had, but miraculous enough to make him special from the get-go. He recognized the Christ even from inside the womb and was filled with the Holy Spirit, . Luke 1:15;41
*Just a side-note worthy of noting:
These verses really spoke to the heart of one of the women who participated in our study. God used these specific words of His to help her understand the kind of life that was represented in her womb at the time of her abortion. It was living, moving, hearing, feeling. She was able to come face to face with her sin and face to face with her Savior and Redeemer to begin the process of reconciliation. I love God’s Word!
Not only that, he out of a billion possible people, was chosen to be the forerunner for the Messiah. Luke 1:17
In Luke 7 we find John in prison. We find something else as well… a question.
This passage makes me weep. Can you imagine? Being called even before conception to prepare the way of the Lord and just a year after your ministry began you find yourself in a prison facing death. No wonder He had a question for Christ. This wasn’t what he had expected.
The issue here wasn’t that John the Baptist didn’t know who Christ was. The moment Jesus appeared on the scene and knelt before John to be baptized, he knew. All the facts and proof was there. There was no doubt whatsoever at that moment in the mind or heart of John.
Even when John’s own disciples questioned him about Christ, he very clearly defended Him as the Messiah. He went as far as to say, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 NAS
Did he ever imagine that would mean death for him?
What I love most about this passage in Luke is Jesus’ response to John, his cousin and his forerunner who was imprisoned on account of the gospel.
*I did inform Michelle that I would be stealing her words before I wrote them here. She said it was ok.