Recently, I find that I am in a place of desperate longing for more of the Lord and It seems that none of the dependable, comfortable ways I have previously known how to relate to the Lord are working. It is like the former things I have known and the well worn paths I have previously walked to get me where I want to be in the Lord’s presence are not there anymore. It would seem my former operations program for knowing God is obsolete; and I can’t find the download instructions for a new one!
I happen to like some classic movies, especially those with redemptive messages. I have found myself thinking the words of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, “Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore!” As I have felt that the long, icy, frozen season of darkness around us is beginning to thaw by the blowing winds of the Holy Spirit bringing a new season of hope for abundant life; I am hearing, “Aslan is on the move!” And then, when I am feeling so small amongst other giants of the faith, a bit of a quirky misfit and preferring a simple and peaceful life in the face of great battles that I know God is calling to be fought; I am reminded of the words of Galladrial to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings, “Even the smallest person can change the future.” Also, the wise words of Gandalf, “All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.” And then, one of my all-time favorites, with so, so many spiritual and allegorical applications from the Star Wars movies, “May the Force be with you!”
So, a determination has settled deep within my soul, for a compelling quest toward finding and knowing God greater than ever before. Oh, I know, that I know, that God is there and I am not doubting His love, my salvation or my calling. But, it has finally dawned on me that He has invited me to a game of hide and seek with Him (Isaiah 45:15), without giving me notice or any new instructionsI! The more I have pondered this, the more I am sensing that God is calling many of us to go deeper into Him and His word for greater wisdom, more understanding and to learn more about His character and His ways than we may have ever thought we needed before.
The Holy Spirit has begun flooding my mind with favorite scriptures; like beacons of light in the darkness. Some old familiar words, filled with new hope and with promises of more of God to find and to know. The hope that if we trust the Lord with all our heart and lean not unto our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledging Him, that He will direct our steps to find new and hidden paths into His presence. (Proverbs 3:4-6) Renewed anticipation, that if we ask, we will be given, if we seek, we will find, and when we knock the doors will be opened to new insights, revelations and directions for our calling and destiny in relationship with the Lord. (Matthew 7:7) Now, I hear an invitation by the Holy Spirit, calling us to wait upon the Lord, that we will renew our strength, begin to walk and not faint, and that we will run and no longer be weary. And then, with the joyous promise, that we will mount up with wings as eagles! (Isaiah 40:31) Like a caterpillar breaking free from the long confining, hidden and transforming process in the cocoon, to fly off into a fulfilling purpose and destiny of discovery and beauty!
Father God, help us to more deeply trust You with ALL our hearts and lean not unto our own understanding, that we might find the path into a greater relationship with You. Holy Spirit, help us to to keep seeking, knocking and asking with assuring faith that we will find new doors opened for us. Jesus, come meet with us in the waiting place, renewing our strength to walk, run and then soar on eagles wings up into new heights with the ability to see what You are wanting us to see and to go with You where You are calling us to go. In Jesus Name, amen.
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD,” Jeremiah 29:11-14a NIV
“Now to Him Who, by the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]. To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).” Ephesians 3:20-21 AMPC
By JoBeth Kested
© JoBeth Kested 2017