Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fighting UP Stream

You never hear of fighting down stream, it's always UP. A fish charging valiantly to reach the destination...during spawning season...with millions of other fish with the exact. opposite. idea.

Isn't that life? It sure is for me. Everything I have ever done has always been against the grain, in the opposite direction from the rest of the flow. From how I chose my schooling, to the way I dress, my faith, to who I am friends with, to what I do on the weekends and everything in between.

And the world is really good at reminding me that what I am doing is NOT the norm. It becomes so incredibly difficult at times to stand like the immovable tree planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:3). Because when the storm rages and the winds whip the water, it shakes the foundation, ebbs away the soil and tries with every power it possesses to destroy your resolve.

Whispering negativity's and doubts, of maybe I misunderstood my place? Maybe this isn't where I am supposed to be. What if I crossed wires and I will crumble at this? Until I start believing the lies.

Why is it we listen to the world's whispers? I too often get sucked up the world's agenda. Not being content where God has put me and safe in the knowledge that HIS is the only opinion that should matter to me. Why is it I doubt that?

Why is I don't trust and hold on tighter? Be content and trust. Because Satan wants to remind me of everything I can't do. Every way that I don't fit in.


Who cares about fitting in? Unfortunately I do. Sometimes. Not always, only in those moments of abject overwhelming situations. Like my editing this week.

So in those moments I need to run, not walk- RUN from my wandering, self inflated path, to the sheltering arms of my Heavenly Father. Because only there will I be...



  1. It is so difficult to take the higher road, the untread path. But it is worth it in the end. Be proud of yourself for having the courage of your convictions. I wish there were more like you out there!

  2. Oh man, do I ever "get" this post.

    Keep on keepin' on. The world needs different no matter how much it resists it.
    ~ Wendy

  3. @Melissa, thank you, I appreciate your thoughts. I agree it is so hard to walk the path that isn't the norm. But that is where scripture comes in with the "wide and narrow" gates. And few will find the narrow. But it leads to LIFE.

    @Wendy,amen and amen! I completely agree, because only through being different in this case, will we show Christ's love. Hope your day is going well, thanks for coming by. :)

  4. I appreciate your heartfelt post, Casey. Think how happy it makes God to "show you off" to the "great cloud of witnesses" because while the world runs amok, you remain His faithful daughter!

  5. Thank you Renee, you don't know what you kind and encouraging comment means to me. Bless you for your sweetness! I certainly try, and don't always succeed, I will be the first to say I don't, but I do try and like a kind and loving Father, He loves me blemishes and all. What an AMAZING God we serve!

  6. Go against the flow, little sister. God is good.....ALL the time. He will prevail and so will you!

  7. Your article really spoke to me this morning. It's so hard trying to fit in. You reminded me the only One I really need to think about is Our Lord. He always is at Home. Thank you so much.

  8. Your post speaks to my heart as well, Casey. I feel the same way much of the time.

    My pastor has described the Christian life as "fighting UP stream", too, and it's so very true. But it's SO worth it! Living your life for Christ is the best life there is. And resting in His will is the safest place to be.

    God bless you,


  9. @Deana, thank you for that! And I agree, there has never been ONE moment in my life when God has not been good. He will sustain, ALWAYS!

    @Tea, God needed me to write it too, so I am so glad it was what you needed as well, only through HIM! Only HIS opinion matters, don't lose sight of that.

    @Michelle, it IS worth it! God never promised that the Christian walk would be easy, but He did promise to be with us always, there is never a reason to doubt that, we as humans just decide to see if we can do better on our own and ALWAYS find out we are wrong.

    Thanks for coming by ladies!!


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