My husband has been praying an unusual prayer lately. He has been asking the Lord to “drain the swamp.” Driving East from New Orleans along Highway 10 you can see swamp land that is very lovely, down in the Louisiana bayous where the tall cypress trees rise up out of the murky water and trail Spanish moss from their limbs. However, I don’t think that is the mental image my husband has in mind. His swamp is the kind of place where the water is so stagnant that you smell it before you see it. The surface is covered with scum and you do not want to know what lurks beneath the surface. I believe this prayer to drain the swamp came from the Lord. Who else could tell a man he has a swamp in his heart and enable him to respond with the faith to believe He can and will drain it? So far, so good, but here’s the weird thing: my swamp is getting drained, too, and I didn’t even know I had one! I honestly thought I was doing okay. I was in a good place. Then the waters started drying up and things began to appear that I hadn’t known were there: twisted, stinking thoughts and emotions with big ugly roots going down into my heart. Just like those massive cypress roots, there are some assumptions and beliefs in my heart that my Abba Father wants to deal with. He called me to be an oak of righteousness, not a swamp cypress. So, here’s where I am – facing up to what is being revealed, choosing to believe I am still loved and accepted by my Father God, and trusting Him to complete what He has begun. I’m realizing once again that most of my yucky stuff stems from still trying to be perfect and in control. I’m praying for the grace to lay those impossibilities down at the feet of the Lord Jesus and the courage to get up and walk every day in a new life where I trust His righteousness to be all I need. So far, trying to do everything right and remain in control at all times has only made me a fearful, brittle, frazzled mess. I believe the life I’ve been called to looks very different and I want to choose that life.
Abba Father, I can’t change me, but I know You can. Please enable me to cooperate with all that You are doing. Please enable me to hear and obey, believe and walk in the freedom in Christ Jesus that is mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.