“I could only face the future in teaspoons of time. . . . When there is an undoing in your life, there is an unknowing of every next millisecond. Every next breath. The peaceful predictability of what you thought would be your life is suddenly replaced by a very unexpected darkness and silenced you aren’t used to.”- Lysa TerKeurst
In Chapter 5 (“Paintings and People”) of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa TerKeurst notes that darkness swallows up enthusiasm for the future. And when darkness envelops you, it accentuates the gap between what you intend to do and what you’ve accomplished. Furthermore, Ms. TerKeurst astutely observes, this gap never remains silent. It echoes with commentary.
Often, though, this results in negative commentary, which Satan loves to use as a ploy. Lysa explains:
“He (Satan) loves to take a beautiful moment of life and fill it with a negative narrative about our failure that plays over and over until voice of God is hushed. Satan perverts the reality that we are beloved children of God. He wants our thoughts to be tightly entangled in his thoughts.”
In addition, the author stresses, three words comprise Satan’s thoughts and script: Not. Good. Enough. Hence, we hear these words from Satan when we try to:
- be brave and start anything new
- overcome what has been and step into what could be
Finally, Lysa reminds us, while God converts with truth, Satan perverts the truth. Also, while God desires to transform us, Satan attempts to paralyze us. As a result, Satan stops at nothing to prevent us from moving closer to God or connecting on a deeper level with other people. Consequently, the ‘truth’ we believe we hear couldn’t be further from God’s truth.
Today’s question: When have you faced the future in teaspoons of time? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “An authentic assessment of mounting evidence?”