"Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of he lampstands one like the son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs on his head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edge sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength."
"If you stand there unmoved by Jesus...let me ask you...have you moved past the sash?"
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We serve a faithful God, one who answers prayers and blesses us in ways we can never imagine. I have been praying that this week, in the midst of all the craziness of school coming to an end, that God would use me. That He would provide me with opportunities to serve Him and slow me down enough to not only see them but take Him up on them. It is easy for me to become so focused on everything I need to do during this time of the semester that I miss out on opportunities the Lord has provided for me. So, I prayed and of course, at 9:00pm the night before a 25 page assignment is due, He took me up on that prayer. It is those situations that you sit there asking yourself, "Is He calling my bluff or do I trust Him enough to believe in His timing?" I desire to be a woman with callus' on my knees from how much I'm on them talking with the Lord but with that, I need to desire to be the type of woman that when I stand up, I am actively waiting and watching for the Lord to answer. I want to be the type of person that crosses the road for another, in fact, we are called to be that type of person. It is amazing what happens when we trust in the Lord and in His timing. We serve the Author of time. He can supernaturally multiply our time and tonight, I was able experienced that first hand. We often rush from one place to another, as least I do. We even play games with people like, "time me" trying to get things done as quickly as possible. God placed you on this earth for a specific purpose. Can you imagine how effective we could be for the kingdom if we slowed down enough to see the need and to fill it the best way we could? God's plan is perfect and flawless and so is His timing, it's time we start living that way.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
There is something so beautiful about the rain. It can be so calming and peaceful at times and at other moments it can be heavy and harsh. I deeply love the rain. There is something so cleansing about it, healing even. After the rain, colors seem brighter, birds sing louder, flowers seem more prevalent, the clouds are fluffier and the sun feels warmer against our skin. No matter how heavy the rain or crazy the storm, the sun always eventually comes out. And such is with life. It does not matter how heavy the rain or how crazy the storm, the Son always eventually comes out. The thing about rainy days is that the sun is always there, even when dark clouds separate us from it and when we are unable to feel its warmth, it is still there. That is exactly how the Lord is. He is always there. The rain is sometimes inconvenient and lasts longer than we would have liked but how much sweeter does the sun seem after it has been unseen for a period of time? God allows the clouds to loom and the darkness to hoover so that the moment when we feel the Son again, it will be like coming home. We will have a new appreciation for something we might have taken for granted had we always been able to feel or see it, or in this case, Him. The rain cleanses, it purifies, almost gives us a fresh start. Soak it up. It will not be here for long. It is only temporary. The rain today will allow you to bask in the Son in a whole new way come tomorrow.