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When You Need Acceptance

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Isaiah 55:1

The first time I really read this verse I was in a dark place.  One I had thought I would never be in.  I grew up in the church.  I did everything "right".  I strove for God and gave Him my life.  But here I was, pained and lost.splash

I was broken.  I was empty.  I was weary.

I had tried and tried and came up lacking.

I couldn't do "life" on my own.

No amount of planning or reading or rallying could get my life back in order and I realized I needed God.

Then I read the verses above and saw that they were for me.

I was thirsty.

I was hungry.

And I had NO MONEY!

Not one penny in my emotional bank account or physical one.  All my life I labored under the idea that my life had to be worth giving.  That I had to be somehow "worthy".

But now I had nothing to offer God in return for His water.  He still wrote those verses for me.

The verses don't say:

"Come, you who have made something of your life."

"Come, you who aren't in debt and have well-behaved children."

"Come, you who are fulfilled and fresh in your calling."

No, they don't say that.

They gently say:

"Come, all you who are thirsty."

I came that day.  And I came this morning.  And sometimes my days don't seem a whole lot different from that first day.  Sometimes I don't feel a whole lot better.  But I come.

Because all I need is me and my thirst.  He doesn't want my money or my worthiness.  He just wants me and my thirst for Him.



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