An Invitation: Come As You Are // The Weekend Brew
A new day begins and as the world wakes up in all its glory we only need to “come as we are”. No pretenses, no specific expectations – just who we are and what we bring as a daughter, son, mother, father, wife, husband, sister or brother.
Come as you are beckons the sun cresting the horizon as dawn stretches wide across the land.
Come as you are the birds cheerfully sing as a wake up call for all who catch their musical strains.
Come as you are begs the alarm clock as its call slices through the silence.
Come as you are is the call of your friends as they gather to share love, support and camaraderie just when you need it.
Come as you are whispers God lovingly…
I accept the broken, unloved, desperate, unworthy and unwanted. I caress the hurting and those with unspoken needs with gentle, love filled words. I am light, grace and worthiness ready to be shared with all.
In a world of perfect, of appearances are not as they seem, of beautiful means acceptance – come as you are is a complete misfit. In our world of fitting in equals happiness, going against the norm is stepping into a reality that most do not want to enter.
Come as you are has taken on a whole new meaning in the last few weeks as God reminded me through my struggles that He wants me just the way I am. In the middle of hurting and uncertainty, God met me with the reality that I needed to be “real”, remove the armor of self-assurance and show others that I am vulnerable and weak. My tough exterior needed to crumble to reveal the real me. My outer appearance needed to match the inside reality of turmoil, anxiety and uncertainty. The mask of beauty needed to be stripped to release the ugly truth-I am a mess!
What I learned when truth appeared…
1. My friends still loved me and rallied around, ugly crying and all.
2. Being real with all those you love just makes them want to love you more.
3. Letting the facade down is freeing and cleansing.
4. God will always love me and choose me over and over to be His own.
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I am blessed that when struggles come and want nothing more than to tear me down, God also comes right along by my side to support me through the trauma and mess.
This beautiful song, Come As You Are by David Crowder shares hope and a God who understands and still calls us back when hurting or broken.
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