When we seek the Lord and want that word of direction or change in our life; would we really heed that word? What if it meant completely changing the direction of our life? What if that meant picking up and moving across the country? What if that meant moving half way around the world?
“One word from God settles a matter” has been spoken recently by Bishop Kirby Clements from Atlanta, Georgia and I have been watching it happen. Recently I have been witness to God moving in powerful ways among my church family, my immediate family and my ministry family (outside of the church). There is a powerful sense of family being knit together for “such a time as this”. For several people surrounding me in this season and these circles; they have listened to the Lord’s voice
When we listen and obey, He honors us. This is what we are seeing; His honor and glory being poured out upon us. This obedience is not merely the obeying of a taskmaster. It is relational, and the only reason He instructs us is because He knows the abundance of life, purpose and potential He has for us. If He asks us to do the “hard” thing, it’s because it is ultimately going to free us up to live in His potential for us.
God wants us to partner with Him. As He walked in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve, He also wants to be with us. He created us to be in relationship and covenant with Him. What if we continually presented ourselves to Him, eagerly desiring His presence, and His words rather than waiting until we were in desperation mode. He wishes to be in constant harmony, not having to call out “Where are you?” as he eventually needed to in the garden.
The following story of my grandson, Jack, illustrates this point well.
Jack my grandson, was about 2 1/2 years old at the time.
As I was working in the kitchen and Jack was playing in the living room out of my sight. He comes running into the kitchen and grabs my leg and says, “here I am, here I am”; as though….I was looking for him or not to worry Mimi because I am right here and I am ok.
His vocal tones contained worry, fear and as though I was searching for him.
The feeling this gave me was….how great my love is for Jack….how I loved the fact that he came running to me to let me know he was ok. He came to me as I am a safe haven for him. He knows that I love him and I would protect him from anything.
I heard the Father say to me, “Now you know how I feel”
As I meditated on this; it made me think of how the Father feels when we come to Him. The great LOVE He has for us. I thought about how we tend to shy away from the Father when we think or feel unworthy but the feeling of love He has for us does not change.
Since God the Father IS LOVE; the love He has for us has to be beyond what I felt when my grandson came running to me.
This brought a great delight to me when the Father says, “this is what I have for you my child”.
There can be a multitude of reasons we shy away from the Father rather than run to him……but we need to correct this un-natural behavior.
Yes, I said un-natural behavior because what I have seen and heard my grandson do….seems to be a natural reaction that we should have with our heavenly Father.
I will instruct you and teach(to lay a foundation) you in the way(on your journey) which you should go;
I will counsel (direct) you with My eye upon you.
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding (to be intelligent, distinguishing between good and evil, superior knowledge).
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise, they will not come near you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked;
But he who trust in the Lord,
LovingKindness (the attitude of Love containing Mercy) shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,
You righteous ones,
And shout for joy,
All you who are upright(just, to be made even, lawful ( straight shooter)) in heart.
Let us all run to the Father without bit and bridle. Let us learn what is natural from a two year old about how much our Father in heaven loves us and wants us to run to Him no matter what we have done or not done and no matter our circumstances.
The Father in heaven Loves you, and within that incredible love is instruction. It ALWAYS produces Life and Life more abundant!
** Ronda Olson is a dear friend of mine from Wisconsin. My husband and I have known Ronda and her husband, Pastor Steve, for nearly twenty years. They serve in ministry at Living Word Chapel in Forest , Wisconsin. They founded “Impact Ministries” ~ a ministry that restores hope and purpose to those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol and assist them as they integrate back into society.
Pastor Ronda has a heart for the hurting and a sensitivity to the Spirit of God that accentuates her ministry. Her heart of compassion touches lives everywhere she goes. Those who know her are deeply blessed….that includes me. 🙂