Journey With God
I have four kids, and have been in waiting rooms too many times to count. Even in today’s waiting room with the TVs and endless stack of magazines, it is still not a place you want to be. In reality, I don’t think there is anyone who enjoys just waiting. Whether it is at a red light, waiting for that microwave lunch dinner, or waiting for Friday’s paycheck, most of us are impatient and waiting just is not our strong suit.
I am currently in a season of waiting. Waiting on God’s timing for several things in my life and in my opinion waiting is hard! The thought of waiting of God’s timing is a simple thought, but just because something is simple, does not make it easy. Most of the time when we are waiting it is because God is getting us ready. Ready for what He has for us, and so we will be the person He needs us to be to handle what he has. In this type of season, a season of transition, there are several things we need to be careful of. We need to make sure we don’t run ahead of God. We need to make sure we don’t take God’s plans for us into our own hands. And we need to remind ourselves that God’s ways are not our ways. God’s plans for us are often bigger than we can see for ourselves. So if you are in a season of waiting, be encouraged! God’s will win out and in His timing all things will come together. In the meantime, enjoy the moments for they will never come again and know that you are protected and given the strength to wait.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The eagle soars on the mountain high
You too can soar and learn to fly
All that is within you, let it be free
They’re no restrictions, not even the ones you think you see
Your spirit flies high above on the wind
Your pride stays grounded, not knowing how to bend
The choice is yours, to fail to succeed,
It is up to you, either way you will bleed
Goals are set forth for some to achieve,
It is for you, if only you believe
Some people wait to follow not wanting to lead,
They wait endlessly and never succeed
But you that is not, for you that will never be,
Your spirit will lead you, for it has always been free
Though days may pass, have no fear
Your spirit flies high on the mountain and there is no fear here
Your day is coming, just around the bend
Victory is waiting, that is the stories’ end
Here is the answer, here is the way
Trust God and talk to him each and every day
And be all you can be, soar to great heights
Become an eagle and join the eagle’s flight
I love the ocean. There is just something about it that feels like home to me. I love it because it reminds me of how small I am, but yet God knows every hair on my head. I was a young woman before I ever saw the ocean. I still remember stepping onto the sand with great anticipation and looking out at the horizon as far as I could see. It’s a cool thing to look out knowing there could be someone on the other side looking back. It’s cool to know God made something so big and yet knows me by name. I love the ocean and could go on and on about its diverse meanings to me, it’s symbolism, and how I have had some of my deepest moments of revelation sitting on the sand listening to the ocean roar, but today I want to share a story about the waves, or more accurately the breakers.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that when I’m at the beach I can’t stay out of the water. I often joke and tell my family and friends that long ago the ocean and I made a pact, that when I came to visit I would always come in for a swim. Well, young me didn’t think about visiting the ocean at different times of the year, say like November, so old me has swam in some very cold water. But I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Nothing is quite as soothing as a dip in the salty water, though warm salty water is better than cold salty water.
Well I say all of that to say this. Depending on the time of year and how many storms have been off shore it can be hard to get past the breakers for that nice place where it’s peaceful and you sort of just float along in sync with the waves. Sometimes getting past the breakers is quite daunting and though I am brave, there have been many times that I have turned back. Now my hubby has always been a strong swimmer and is much braver than I am and we have seen waves sets that have even been too much for him. But there is a time and place for everything. A time to stay safe on the shore, but there is also a time to face the breakers. For out there is where you can find that peaceful place where you and the waves move as one.
Life and the things of God can be like the ocean and the waves. There is a time to stay safe on the shore, but there is also a time to face the breakers. A time to face those waves, those problems and hindrances in life coming at you. We need to face them because there is peace on the other side. Sometimes we stay on the shore because it is comfortable, but in reality it is a false safety to stay in our comfort zone, and possibly the very thing that is us holding back. There is safety at the shore but freedom comes past the breakers. Our freedom, our liberties, our very lives lie past this false safety on the shore, they lie past the breakers. They lie where the ocean waves flow by and everything is calm and peaceful in the tranquility of waves of Holy Spirit. In the place where we listen to God and immediately carry out his orders. Where we truly walk in the spirit every day.
So how do we get there?
Sometimes the problem is we need to dive in instead of wade in. Often we wade in or try to go in slowly and then we can’t get past the waves. If we stay in the breakers we will become
exhausted. Fear and unbelief keeps us in the breakers, and instead going out deeper,
eventually we turn back to shore.
So how do we get there? Well, we must let God be in control.
We must hold on to God to go deeper and give up our selves. Sometimes we have to duck and go under the waves. Then we will be in the deeper section where we can hear and move with the spirit. Don’t be afraid. He is with us and we have a life jacket. He is our life jacket.
Yes there is a price to pay and the price is different for us all. But it’s worth it. It’s worth it for freedom. It’s worth it for peace. It’s worth it because we disciple those around us. It’s worth it for the call on our lives. It’s worth it because God is worth our effort. So, the real question becomes will we obey and rise to His call on our lives? When the breakers rise and, and as the waves break with power, will we rise and roar back or just stay safe on the shore?
Why is that we get excited to go to a stadium and cheer on our favorite sports team. We wear their colors, scream and shout, sing songs and get that big foam finger. We know the players by name. We invest our time and money in sports paraphernalia. And when they hit a home run, make a basket, make it into the end zone or cross the finish line the crowd goes wild. Don’t get me wrong I like sports. I love the Atlanta Braves. My dad and I have been fans since I was a little girl. I can sing take me out to the ball game with the best of them. And I love cracker jacks.
The other night, in a prayer meeting, I saw a vision of a stadium full of people. The crowd on its feet and full of excitement. Then in the vision I saw Christ on the field, he ran into the end zone but instead of spiking the ball he just turned and stretched out his arms.
Whoa. It hit home for me. How often do we yell, scream and get excited over our favorite sports. How often do we talk sports at work, around the dinner table at our local gas station? How many times are we looking forward to the big game?
Then I thought about Sunday mornings. How quite are the pews? Do we sing, dance and praise God with the same passion that we cheer on our sports teams? Are we as excited to show up in the house of God as we are to head to out to the sports stadium? Do we talk about Jesus and how he died for our sins, and gave us a new life around the dinner table? Do we talk about the wonderful ways he has blessed our lives when we are at work or out with our friends? And why is it we are so comfortable with shouting and cheering even screaming for our favorite sports team, but so uncomfortable shouting praises to the one who gave everything so that we may have life.
I challenge the people of God to think about the excitement they feel when their team scores and the cheers they give to that team on the field and to ask themselves… doesn’t our savior who died on the cross deserve more excitement than that? Doesn’t he deserve our praises? Doesn’t he deserve our upmost attention and thankfulness? Come on people of God. If you can cheer for a team on the field, then you can cheer for the one who stretched out his arms and paid the price so you could have enteral life. Can we get just as excited and fired up in church this Sunday as we are for our sports teams when they win the game? And if we did get that excited… That excited for God, how would the whole atmosphere of the Body of Christ change? I think it’s worth a try. How about you?
It is time to embrace the fire!
The Lord is calling many to change, calling, come closer, walk faster, stand longer, fight harder. He is calling for us to reach out and take the promise, to take what belongs to us. For many of us this is an exciting yet frightening time. Because it means we have to change and embrace the fire.
In times of change it can be difficult to let go and move on. Nevertheless, the Lord is calling, tugging at us, wanting us to move forward. Now if you are like me, I like my comfort zone, it feels good. However, I do want what God has for me, so therefore I want to follow Him wherever he leads me.
Which brings me to this, we must go through the fire, and learn to embrace it. God is the fire (Hebrew 12:29). Therefore, in coming closer to God is coming closer to fire. Now the fire is good, even though it may scare us. But the fire is a time of testing, purging, and refining. Hmm, refined I like that one. Like fine silver and gold, purged, to remove impurities, tested for strength, and refined to shine with His light. Polished and melded into God’s work of art. What more could we ask for? For now our feet are walking in His way, following His path. Even though it may be scary or sometimes even painful, the fire will merely burn away things that were hiding and holding us back. And when we embrace the fire, we come out stronger, purer, better…
So let us embrace the fire, and let God be our consuming fire, knowing that He is standing there with us. Be blessed my friends!
Hebrews 12:29 : For our God is a consuming fire.
Malachi 3:2-3 But who can endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Zechariah 2:5 For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.