Where is your hope? Where is your rest? Where is your trust placed and resting? Have you become weary in life? Has it become like a fast track in which you just can’t seem to keep up the pace and stay on track? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed and out of sorts with what life has… or is bringing you. Well, take heart for there is hope where you may least expect.
“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:” (Psalm 42: 1-4a ESV)
The time of mourning is over. I once waited in dread for bad things to happen to me; “what if” seemed to always nag at my soul. I wondered what next negative thing would come against me and when the other shoe would drop. As a man thinks, so is he. So what I baited therefore got invited into my life. I lived in a spirit of poverty and never seemed to have enough because I expected that I would always be trapped there with no way out. I secretly hoped that someone would come along bringing my answer or be my special measure of saving grace. I also asked God repeatedly “to do it for me”.
Then the day came when I began to step out of that mindset and no longer embrace it. I realized that God had already placed the answer within me and He expected me to seek ways to draw it out of me in creativity and ingenuity as I looked to him for ideas of design and dreams of inspiration. He began to give me such and then I had sat on that to some degree for years. Now I am starting to take some real steps in real life where I am met now with surprises of “suddenlies” where I am called to simply believe God even when what He is showing me seems utterly and humanly impossible. What to me seem to be improbabilities, become in God possibilities if and when I am operating in the measure and level of faith to step into what may terrify parts of me or at least bring very uncomfortable levels of apprehension.
I have recently begun to work in a retirement community stepping into new areas of serving seniors who live in a realization of what may be likened to perhaps a flower that is fading to be here today and maybe gone tomorrow. Some have been faced with sudden life altering changes and others carry a sense of vitality and longevity and intentions of hopes and dreams still coming to fruition yet in a very different setting that they have been accustomed to doing life in.
I came back myself from 14 years of chronic disabling situations in my body from which at the time of duration never felt I would see the light of day and recover. Yet I have and still am walking out my healing in Jesus’ name and by His grace through all of the pressing and crushing. I now find myself planted by God to come and serve in this community. It is unfolding to nothing like I expected before I took that nervous plunge and successive steps to begin give back to others in ways previously from my previous of road of trials consisting of heartache, loneliness and isolation.
I began to live “to love” from a depth and level that can only come the heart of God, where self matters less and less with each passing day. This is becoming totally selfless. I have a ways to go and can one ever truly totally arrive? It depends the measure my heart is surrendered to Jesus and that is a process that takes a lifetime.
Now it is time to “bubble up” in celebration. In an effervescence, that is sparkly, bubbly and light. It is being in a new buoyancy. The reason is to be glad and worry about not a thing! The goodness of God envelops everything and I can only but sing.
I had to step out unto the water and engage the current of the river. Using discernment and discretion there are many tributaries and I have to “be current” while “in the current” of the streams. Then there are currents in the currents. That is how God seems to be moving “in the new”.
I “celebrate” in faith believing in what in physical matter may be yet unseen and not manifesting in the moment. It is feeling into the celebration of “who God is” and who He says that I am in all things and in every moment. He does everything well! My greatest weakness becomes His greatest strength. My imperfections are perfected in Jesus’ character as I choose to live that out. Simply say “YES” and He makes a way for all the rest, which is always best.
I say, celebrate and cultivate in extravagant love into every opportunity and then be surprised with “suddenlies” that culminate unexpectedly. “Build it” and “they” will come “alive”.
Stake your meeting tent and greet life stretching out the curtains wide and strengthen your stakes. Stake on a firm foundation in Christ and you do see increase if you are full of faith (faithful) as your Master. Be sure you are “in Him” for without Him you can do nothing.
Leave your garments at the door of the tent before you enter. Leave your past. Yesterday’s sorrows have no place in your tomorrows.
Have you been stuck? Some things will only move when you decide to enter the celebration of the goodness of God. If you are celebrating then you spread the cheer to everyone you meet and greet. Pour out in a movement of faith and don’t be afraid to let the cork of containment to pop and allow what is long pent up inside to be released in joy and celebration. Don’t be afraid to let go. Bursting; break out! The time is now! Be legendary if you dare to believe God.