Journaling to Grace

I often think I have a solid two decades of faith as my foundation, and then I come across old prayer journals and realize I have a decade and a half of self-deprecating theology instead.

All I ever did was beg God to make me better than I was, to pick apart every little instance that may have been unworthy, and cast judgement according to His Scripture (or the interpretation I was told at the time).

Why did I believe in Christ anyway? Fear of Hell? Fear of what I was capable of if I finally gave up on the legalism?

Perhaps, that season held permission from the Spirit to drink milk day in and day out, knowing I

didn’t fully get the grace, knowing one day, the very theology I clung to would completely break the man who had my heart.

Maybe, the Spirit knew that at the breaking, I would wean from the milk and starve for meat.

It came with a breaking—

It came with shattered hearts, disastrous doubt, and eyes washed anew.

I step along this road of faith, realizing its vastness, its supernatural root, and its unattainable goodness in the flesh.

But, even so, I am at peace in the Love of God, without the wretched words of a heart shamed like I poured out on these pages. I am aware more than ever, that even in the deprecating cries to Him, I was but a child—focusing on me and not Him.

He is worthy, and because of life in Him, I am okay.

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