Yesterday I wrote about the subtle drift into denial. (HERE)
Today, I want you to float along with me to the place where denial always loses altitude.
That place is called Consequences.
Or as I like to call it: Severe Mercy.
Richard Paul Evans says, “you can deny reality but you can’t deny the consequences of reality“.
In the past, I’ve not been a big fan of consequences. (At least the consequences of poor choices.)
Just the mention of the word and I feel like you do when a police car suddenly appears in your rear-view mirror. A fitful mix of fear and panic.
But time and time again I journey into denial and assume that my destination will be different. That the logical consequences for my poor choices won’t happen to me. I’ll beat the odds and touch ground somewhere just on the other side.
But never once, has that happened.
And I have to say with a bit of trepidation…I’m thankful.
These days I see consequences a bit differently. I see consequences as mercy.
I believe God in His (sometimes severe) mercy allows the consequences of our actions to free us from the destructive pull of denial. And put us safely on secure ground.
How would the story of the Prodigal Son have ended if the he was bailed out at just the moment his inheritance went dry? What if he’d never eaten the slop with the pigs? How do you suppose the rest of his life would have gone? But more importantly, how about his eternal life?
Severe Mercy has been home for me on so many occasions but always I leave there changed. One of the biggest changes came several years ago when I quit drinking. Living with the consequences was excruciating but also exhilarating. While living in denial I’d almost forgotten how to live in reality. I found out that I like living real. I’ve never been more thankful for the severe mercy of God.
Hitting bottom is not a tragedy if it causes positive change.
Severe mercy is still mercy my Friends…
Have you had severe mercy in your life that caused a change for the better?
Love and prayers to each and every one who reads this today…