Havin’ a bad day? One of those where everything goes wrong? Chances are, if you’re not, someone you know is.
I’ve got just the cure. It’s one we all know, and yet forget daily.
My good buddy Liz loaned me a boatload of books recently, and this one, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things by Sara Hagerty has been an eye-opening blessing for this woe-is-me girl. Many times when I read a book, I try to come up with one, single, take-away word. “Adoration” is our inspiration in this book and “adore” the verb to put into action.
You may already be familiar with Sara’s blog, www.everybitterthingissweet.com She has information on her book, resources, her posts for the blog, plus an incredible section with fantastic printables under “Adoration”. (I chose this word before I knew she had an entire section in her blog about it!!!)
Brutally honest, Sara journeys us readers thru’ some tough times in her life. She’s been blessed with friends who she says “wore a brand of Christianity that was attractive, but foreign.” (to her) She continues, “They acted as if they believed God didn’t just tolerate them; He enjoyed them.” These fascinating friends “approached their days with a confidence that God had something for them…” Wow, don’t we all want that?
In the midst of three equally difficult trials (infertility, lengthy adoption processes and her father dying of cancer), Sara said, “God was revealing this kind of availability to me in both the big aches and the everyday small ones.”
With eyes opened to a different perspective, she told her husband, “…all this mess—was fodder for discovering His love anew.” Here comes the adoration part….This is what Sara does and what we all can do. She reveals, “My first step in inhaling adoration was inviting that language into my everyday ache.” She began with one word or phrase from the Bible, depending on her particular need or worry. For example, from Psalm 36:5 and 57:10 she read, “Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” Then she’d pray:
“God, You are faithful.
You are faithful when I am fearful.
I can count on You.
You will not leave me when You see my failure.”
Here are just a few of Sara’s discoveries about adoration (This is my favorite part of the book and what I believe to be the most powerful):
“Adoration is exploration. The Father loves to be explored.
Fear loses oxygen when every moment suspends itself under the purpose of bringing Him glory.
Adoration makes walking with God more than just reacting to a series of externals.
Adoration CALLS the circumstances, no matter how high or low, into proper submission in our hearts.
Adoration ROOTS us in a reality that no amount of pain and no amount of blessing can shake.
It CENTERS our lives around a God-man instead of forever trying to make sense of the God-man thru’ the lenses of our circumstances.
Adoration ALIGNS US under Him… THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE LIFE IS FOUND.”
Another excellent part of the book is found at the end of each chapter where Sara gives us several Scriptures to look up which pertain to the chapter. The “For Your Continued Pursuit” passages bring light and promises from His Word to bless you, the reader.
Sara’s vivid style makes you feel like you’re riding in the car with them many times and you say, “Oh no!” out loud more than once! However, with her “adoration-eyes-on”, she shows us God is on her side, fighting for her and her family. And just wait ‘til you see how God builds their family. (Not spoilin’ the fun! You must discover this for yourself! You need to take the journey with her.)
I pray we’ll all open our eyes, filled with adoration for our Creator, our Heavenly Father, our Constant Companion.
Sara says the experience is like a “minute-by-minute communion” that makes her feel alive. Wouldn’t you love that too?