The Monster Predicament

We’re now coming upon the Halloween season, with all
of its ghosts, goblins and monsters. Monsters… Hmm…

Anyone out there feel like an out of control monster?

Or, are you trying to be your own mad scientist, carefully
constructing your “perfect” body, your “perfect” life,
your “perfect” heart’s desire? Recognize yourself here? I
know I do. Disorders and addictions can often thrive on
the hope of the “perfect” result, which promises to fill
and satisfy the void in our lives. It’s that certain something
that’s “missing.” It leaves us chasing after more.
And the more we chase, the more we seem to get the
unwanted monster. So, in your life, what monster are
you creating?

In the famous story, “Frankenstein,” a scientist thought
he created eternal life, a result which could never again
be threatened by death or loss. And so, the monster
was formed. However, this educated “expert,” while convinced
he knew exactly what he was doing, still could
not control the result of the formed monster. Check out
Mary Shelley’s work, watch the film adaptations; you’ll
see how the results were disastrous.

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs
14:12

And so it is with our addictions, disordered eating issues,
self-injury and image obsessions. You and I can
start out with one reason and soon see the monster
take on a destructive life of its own. You and I can convince
ourselves that we will just do something “only
once” or “just once more.” We’re just going to participate
in a certain behavior until we get this “perfect” result.
Then, we’ll be happy. Then, we’ll stop. That’s certainly
what I’ve said concerning my eating disorders years
ago. But I lost track of my “creation.” Before I knew it,
just like Mary Shelley’s tale, I created my monster.

Is it hopeless then? After all, we are creative beings, in
the Image of God. So, of course, we’re going to create
something. But what is our creation? Is it a disorder? Is
it an obsession? When creating or desiring anything for
our lives, we need to respect the power of our creativity
and of our longings. They can be healing or they can be
harmful.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue:
and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Proverbs 18:21

Like Proverbs 18:21, our thoughts are tremendously
powerful. A thought can heal or harm. A thought can
create. So, it’s a caution to our choice of focus. Things
seem pretty bleak with us, left to ourselves.

But there is still hope: God. He purposed each one of us.

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I
have created him for my glory, I have formed him;
yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:7

And God, the Creator, has the final say. There is hope for
our monsters, after all.

In spite of our situations, mistakes or wrong choices,
God still sees our value; His love for us motivated Him
to create us and have a relationship with us. Add to that
wonderful news, He’s also never intimidated by any life
condition we find ourselves in.

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is
there anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27

Yes, it comes back to God, even with our monsters. Regardless
of our sins, mistakes and harmful choices, we
can stop and ask for help. We can stop and ask GOD for
help. God already IS our help!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1

The challenge for each of us is to check our monsters
and present them, honestly, to God. What are they?
Where are they? Go to God with them, even when it
seems they are overtaking you. You are not Frankenstein;
you are not a monster. You are not your own creation
either. You belong to God. You are His Child, spectacular
and wonderful!

“…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm
139:14

So, Ta-Dah? Finished? Nothing more to be done? I’m
perfect? Nope. Not quite. For God has wonderfully
made us; that’s true. And, He’s called us “precious” (Isaiah
43:4), “beloved” (Ephesians 1:6; Deuteronomy 33:12;
Song of Solomon 6:1) and beautiful (Song of Solomon
6:4; Song of Solomon 2:14), just to name a few adjectives.
That, however, doesn’t mean we’re perfect. And
we want to be perfect, don’t we? How many of us out
there strive to create it?

Remember Frankenstein’s monster? Its creator, the
“expert,” was thoroughly convinced he discovered the
perfect answer to eternal life. And we know how well
that turned out. Again, it’s a cautionary tale. How many
of us focus so much on our own obsessions, addictions
or “answers,” that we forget about doing the work of
the process, including health and recovery, called life?
And, on top of that, how many of us choose to ignore or
reject another vital element to both recovery and life:
grace?

God has told us He will perfect the things concerning
us (Psalm 138:8). We, therefore, don’t need to have every
issue, every second, every single thing of our lives
figured out. He takes even our mistakes and works incredible
things from them. God works with everything!
Check out Romans 8:28:

“And we know that in all things God works for
the good of those who love him, who have been
called according to his purpose.”

Right now, what are you obsessing about? There is
more to the story. You and I are in process. And so, in
that process, God’s Grace is needed because we will
blow it, sometimes big time. But again, it’s not hopeless.
Nothing, in fact, overwhelms God. Again, remember
Jeremiah 32:27:

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is
there anything too hard for Me?”

While you’re in your process, remember God. His will
not to leave you as a broken monster; you are created
to be His incredible victorious child of purpose.

And so, the process continues. Yes, there may be some
monsters along the way. But don’t lose hope. You’re not
beyond God’s Grace; you haven’t gone “too far” to be
redeemed and restored. Leave the monsters to Halloween;
don’t allow them to have the final say. You’re worth
God’s process in you; you’re valuable and incredible!