Take Me to your foolishness!

Yesterday I felt icky and “ugh” emotionally.  I know; great description from someone who works with words every day…  😉  But I was dealing with changes and losses, and I felt the tears pushing their way to the surface.  I did not want to go there, especially at work.  Inwardly, I cried out to God to help me keep it all under wraps.

Mind you, nothing uncharitable came out of my mouth, but in my mind… Well, it’s like my mind was a food processor and certain persons were items of food about to be “processed.”

Yep.  It wasn’t a particularly good day. 

To divert my mind for a minute, I glanced through the notes in my phone, scanning for a blog post idea.  I had to smile at the one that jumped out at me:  “Take Me to your foolishness!”

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I was a huge Clean House fan when Niecey Nash was the host.  One of her stock phrases upon arriving at a cluttered home and meeting its overwhelmed owners was:  “Take me to your foolishness!”  She’d tour the mayhem, then sit with the homeowners to discuss how their casa had gotten into its current jumbled, overcrowded condition.

I felt like God was saying to me yesterday:  “Take Me to your foolishness!”  And there was plenty of it, far beyond the near-meltdown that I was experiencing.  He literally sat with me and walked me through the ways that I could “declutter” and get my “home” (mental, spiritual, and emotional) in order:

  • I wasn’t taking responsibility for keeping my spiritual house clean (blaming others when I needed to woman-up);
  • I had let some things fall into disrepair (quiet time with Him);
  • I had allowed stuff to overwhelm me (not trusting Him to resolve situations I could no longer handle);
  • I needed to cut back on the unnecessary and throw out a few items (delegate or do without).

I confessed to Him my current foolishness:  bitterness, long-heartedness, anger.  Sigh.  I had been swallowing the “bait of satan” (unforgiveness) wholesale and had given pride a very comfortable seat on my prized sofa.    Mercifully, God “snatched my wig” and showed me what I really was like. I had been acting like Mary Jackass; a “saint” acting worse than an “ain’t.” 

Later, I read an excerpt from a commentary in the Spirit-filled Life Bible that I had written in my prayer journal last weekend. It was in reference to Isaiah 61:3, and it reminded me of yet another reason why foolishness was reigning. My praise was missing.  

The garment of praise is to leave no openings through which hostile elements can penetrate.  This garment of praise repels and replaces the heavy spirit.

I’m glad I serve a God who isn’t afraid to make house calls and step into our messes. Nothing is too far-fetched for Him to deal with!

So… what’s your current “foolishness”?  Has God ever had to “snatch your wig” and reveal the mayhem that you’ve created for yourself?


Comments

  1. This. Post.

    My spiritual wig has been snatched so often recently, I should be bald. This is an awesome post – no really. So many times I am embarrassed to “take him to my foolishness” – like he doesn’t already see it. Sharing this in 5… 4… 3… 2…

  2. Oh how true and genuine this post is, Alison!! I thank God every day that I can open the doors to my messy “home” and have Him point out what needs to be done to “clean it out”.
    I am reminded of psalm 139: 23-24
    23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts![c]
    24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting![d]
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  3. What an interesting concept, snatching your wig. I guess that certainly would tend to reveal what’s going on in your thoughts!

    Cutting back is something I am trying to do now. I need to be more peaceful and protect that peace. You are right on about that point.

    Nice to see you today!
    Ceil
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    • I always remember Joyce Meyer saying that it is the believer’s responsibility to protect his or her joy and peace, Ceil. A lot of our woes are the result of not fiercely guarding those two “spiritual properties.”

      Take care,

      Alison
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  4. You have a way with words Mrs Lady. For sure this happens to us all. It’s good to have a few blogs in my reader that go to church on me. It takes a very disciplined saint to keep a house in order as you’ve mentioned. All of those struggles are familiar to me, I am a work in progress. God is still working on me! Thank you for the post and encouragement with your openness.

  5. Thank you for the reminder that all is foolishness outside of Him. The original clean house Master, the one and only Mr. Clean.

  6. I think you had to get your wig snatched so that you can write this post for me to read it so that I can get my wig snatched! LOL

    Lately I have been dealing with unforgiveness, lack of compassion, blaming, and a hateful disposition – ALL unlike me and I don’t like feeling this way. 🙁

    These last few days I have been working on this and def am “taking myself to my folishness” and “self-therapeutizing” so I can work through it and quickly!

    So glad I got to read this one Alison and I love it when synchronicity works like this! 🙂
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    • Kesha you are so cracking me up. It’s wig snatching season, y’all! And here we were, thinking that it’s only hurricane season! Seems like we’re all going through that time of testing in one form or another, Kesha. The key is to be aware of it and to be open to make the necessary adjustments. It’s great to see you on here!
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  7. This is the real truth and what I was going through the last few months. I had to “be still” before I completely lost it. Thank you Lord for your mercy and favor.
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  8. Girl! Girl! GIRL! This was excellent – love your analogies for everything. Lost count on how many times I uttered MMMPH! My favorite: acting worse than an “ain’t.” This was awesome Alison, and I am willing to bet you felt lifted as you were writing it.
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  9. It’s more like how many times has He had to snatch my wig. He knows how to bring it home and make it plain to us. He doesn’t allow us to wallow around in self-deceit blaming others. And what a great post title.
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  10. My wig fell off at work earlier this week. First day of school, high stress situation with busses and dismissal and kids riding the bus until late, nary parents. I snapped at the staff. The hardworking staff, so wrong. I forgot about the peace that passes all understanding. I am working on that and trusting that God has me in ALL situations. Thank you for our post. So clever. Ahhh, Miss Nash!

    • Regina, I can certainly imagine how that stressful situation caused a “wig malfunction”. You’re right, God has you in ALL situations, including that one. He’s just good like that! Grateful for big and small mercies in the midst of our “foolishness.” Have a great weekend!

  11. Love, love, love this post. God probably shakes his head at all my foolishness and how I sometimes allow it to clutter my mind, home, and spirit. Thank goodness for purging and for MERCY and forgiveness.
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    • Andrea, those are the keys: mercy and forgiveness. And unconditional love. Who could ask for anything more? He’s the best thing that ever happened to us.

  12. This is amazing. I am at a point in my relationship with God where I have had bring forth my foolishness as well. Just take inventory and say Ok Lord here it is and here I am. Let’s figure this out because me alone is not doing it right. I always want to ‘handle’ everything and I’m learning that is not ok.
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  13. I can’t even tell you how much I loved the “Clean House” analogies! This is just so real and so exactly spot on in so many ways!! Right now my foolishness is worry. I need to trust. I’m getting there!
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  14. Hahaha…all the time girl!! If He doesn’t come along and clean my house and snatch my wig off(lol), every now and then, I’d be a (hot) mess, lol! Even after we’ve chosen to ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit, as He clears His throat when we’re spiraling out of control…He snatches us back in His graces! I thank Him that He loves us THAT much! Oh but for His grace Alison, oh but for His grace. Thanks so much for the awesome reminder my friend and thanks for linking up LAST week…IKR! I’m a little behind…can’t ya tell! 🙂 Btw…thanks so much for adding DYWW on your sidebar(I returned the favor). 😉
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    • Thanks, Michell! You know I love DYWW so it’s a joy to add the button. So grateful that, as you poignantly noted, “He snatches us back in His graces!” Living by that grace today and every day. Blessings!
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  15. I have been dealing with busyness. Do so much that I need to stop and look at what I am doing. Looking at what counts. Being able to say no and feeling okay with that.

    • It’s a process, but it can be done, JT. I’m a work in progress in that regard. I am the busyness queen! But after a certain point it just becomes wearying and you have to evaluate what’s important and what can wait.

  16. This phrase” Mercifully, God “snatched my wig” and showed me what I really was like. I had been acting like Mary Jackass; a “saint” acting worse than an “ain’t.” “. Just had me smile. To answer the question–yup. It’s only then do I realize what kind if “house” I built.
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    • Yes, Kalley! Sometimes we’re building some strange structures, but God is a great “Overseer” of our structures. He comes in and gives the necessary course correction so that what we build will last, having been founded on the Rock and not on sand.
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  17. I drowning under oceans of grief this week. I wish I could skirt this pain but alas I am forced to keep walking…..no energy and yet keep walking.

  18. My foolishness right now is stress. I wish I knew how to let it go better. So many things out of my control, but then again holding on to the stress about them is within my control. Maybe a massage would help….
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  19. Massages work wonders, Michelle! In Costa Rica I fell asleep during my massage at the spa retreat. Bliss! I’ve also been practicing deep breathing and learning to un-tense my body when I feel the stress coming on. But for me learning to truly hand it over to God and believe Him to handle it for me has made a great difference.
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  20. I love the idea of this post. When I was a kid, my life was one continuous drama after the next–all out of my control. However, I think as an adult if you grew up in drama, you can tend to live in it and create it as well if you’re used to it be a big part of your life (you become comfortable with it and habituated). It’s not a good or bad thing–it just is, but having a no-drama life is way more effective for living a better life.
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    • Nicole, it’s true: we can carry those mindsets and behaviors into adulthood because they’ve become the norm for us. Here’s to more no-drama living! Peace and purpose trump chaos every time.

  21. This is so needed for me right now! Sometimes we get so self-centered, so involved that everything is happening to us. It’s foolishness! Great post!
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  22. Oh, we all have our foolishness at different time! Praise God He is willing to help us deal with them and focus on the most important things. Thanks for sharing.
    Congratulations on your feature days on SITS, enjoy every moment!
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  23. “Take Me to Your Foolishness.” I knew that phrase sounded familiar! Yes, you are right on point. We all need to take our foolishness to Him. Nice message. Over visiting from the SITS girls.

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  24. Loved this post! It’s a great way to get yourself in check and stop the foolishness. I know, for myself, I can have toxic thinking daily. A bit of prayer and some grateful thoughts about my life seems to stop the madness. Thanks for the post…it was inspiring! God bless.
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  25. Wow,what an inspirational,motivating, and convicting post. I love that excerpt at the end. So glad to find your wonderful blog via SITS! Enjoy your day.
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  26. OH my goodness, I am so glad you were the feature today on SITS. I loved reading this so many reminders and encouraging words in this post.. will def be sharing this!

    “I had been acting like Mary Jackass; a “saint” acting worse than an “ain’t.” ” love this!!!!

    Thanks so much for an awesome read!
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    • Camille, thanks so much, and you’re welcome! I think we all have our “Mary Jackass” moments (or seasons!). The good thing is that we can present them to God and get beyond the foolishness.

  27. Great post! So much that I can identify with here…at times myself behaving in ways that are just foolish. But as Christians, we grow and mature through our experiences. Thank God for His mercy and His grace. Stopping by from SITS. Happy SITS Day! 🙂
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    • Yvonne (that’s my mom’s name!), thanks so much for your gracious comments. We are blessed as believers to have a God who will receive us in our foolishness and help us move beyond it and into a deeper, less volatile walk with Him. #grateful

  28. Oh my gosh, absolutely! This post resonated with me so much today, thank you for posting it! I found you on SITS, and I’m so glad I did! I recently argued with my sister and it was the most emotionally draining couple days. At some point, when I thought I couldn’t handle anymore, God basically smacked me in the face and said “HELLO! Swallow your pride.” I did and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done… but it was the right thing to do. I needed Him to show me why I was wrong because I couldn’t see it.

    Love this post – thanks again!
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    • We can always depend on Him to straighten us out, Leah. As long as we listen, we’ll hear from Him. Then the next step is obedience. Glad you listened and obeyed!

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