The Thing Beneath The Thing

Today, for the first time in a few months, I went to church. I’m glad I did. I had a breakdown Friday night while I was with friends. I felt like I didn’t belong, that nobody cared, and that I wasn’t good enough.

Today, the pastor talked about just that and he called it “The Thing Beneath the Thing” and he used a pretty awesome metaphor to describe it.

The big thing right now is potholes. They’re everywhere and some of these potholes are turning into major sinkholes causing accidents, and even fatalities all across America. Construction companies are just re-patching them and re-paving them but the problem lies within underground pipes that are leaking which is what causes these potholes that are turning into sinkholes. He did an extensive amount of research on it.

Re patching and re-paving are only a temporary fix to a recurring problem. He used this metaphor to compare it with grace. We sprinkle a little grace on whatever is going on in our lives and call it a day. But sometimes we have to dig deeper. We have to figure out the thing beneath the thing. Once we do that, we can properly fix our “potholes” so they don’t turn into major “sinkholes.”

I wish I could say that every Christian turns to God whenever things get rough. When depression hits, when we’ve taken prescription pills or blow through a fifth a night. But reality is we don’t. We get so hung up on being sad all the time that we don’t want to lean into God and trust his word. And if you say you do, if you lean into God EVERY time  something goes wrong in your life, then you’re lying.

Sometimes, we become addicted to the sadness. Sometimes, we can’t just let go and let God.

I’ve been a walking zombie for the last couple months. I haven’t picked up my bible. I know I should, I know I should lean into His word more, but I’ve become addicted to the sadness. I’ve learned what co-dependency is and realized that I am very co-dependent. With that, I have identified my “pothole” and can properly fix it.

He wants us to lean into him when we get sad or upset. He wants us to lean into Him when we have hit a pothole in our lives, but it’s hard. Sometimes it’s easier said than done.

The pastor then started talking about Peter, and I could relate. Peter sometimes did what God wanted him to do, and other times he didn’t. Why? I don’t know. I haven’t read 1 Peter just yet, but when I do, I’m sure I can figure it out.

In 1 Peter 5:7 it flat out says what we should do. “Casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you.”

When Adam and Eve took a bite of the forbidden apple their initial reaction was to literally hide from God. They were ashamed, they felt guilty.

We are hiding behind the real reason why we feel the way that we feel. Everyday events trigger us, igniting a fight or flight response and I can’t speak to you, but when that kicks in I immediately go into flight. I’ve learned how to manage it better, but I haven’t been able to overcome going into flight mode. That’s something only God can do. I am hiding from the thing beneath the thing and I can’t hide forever.

 

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6 thoughts on “The Thing Beneath The Thing”

  1. This is a great post because you are so open about the truth! Calling out believers with conviction that we need to look at our walk with Him. It’s true, I’ve heard people easily dismiss a trial I may be going through and they “always” go to Him. And you are not simply talking about talking to God, prayer or just scripture reading. You are talking about putting your faith out there. All Christians struggle with this because it is not an easy task and it is daunting with every new obstacle.

    I really enjoy 1 Peter but I don’t know if those books (1st and 2nd Peter) cover some of his mistakes. There’s a book, I’ll look it up…okay it is in Galatians 2:11. Cephas is another name for Peter, which you will see possibly in some translations. Peter would sit with Gentiles in front of certain Jews but then with other Jews who believed in circumcision Peter would not sit with them, and Paul had to rebuke him of this action. The gospels also have different stories of Peter (denial of Christ being one), and the book of Acts as well. Peter was the one who God gave a vision to in which He told Peter you can eat all kinds of meat, and Peter had a hard time with that.

    I am going to add this post to the community spotlight for the month of July 🙂

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    1. 3 months in a row (I think) Wow. Thank you.
      I love the Bible not only for the message about walking with God but the stories in it as well. I’m really looking forward to learning more and digging deeper. I’m going on vacation in a few days and I hope and pray that I am able to spend more time with God and get my “energy” back.

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  2. Wow!!! This was pretty amazing. Especially the sermon and how he did his research. A great metaphor. Youre so right thou! We do get addicted to the sadness. We try and handle it ourselves or jist sprinkle some grace on it.. Great post!!

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