So last week, we ended with a bit of 1 Peter 5:10, and I think we should just get to it….how about you?….glad we agree lol
Imagine that you’re walking down a hallway. A ridiculously small hallway. A hallway so small that it’s literally only wide enough to allow you to pass through it. Got it? Now imagine that in addition to having to walk down this disrespectfully small hallway, you have some form of weight that you have to carry. Ooh! Let’s also cut the lights in your hallway. The only light that you have is a spotlight that is right above you. Got it? Are you there? Great. Now, as you’re walking, you see a door. This door has your name on it. It’s got a future date written on it too. With you being….you, you probably try to open the door before the date, but it doesn’t work. You try daily, and but it doesn’t open until you finally realize that in order to get through the door, you have to release the weight you’ve been carrying. Then, on that magical day, you open the door, it unlocks with ease, and opens to a broad place. After all of this time spent in that terrible, dark hallway, you walk into the biggest space you’ve ever seen. It’s like a ridiculously large white room (with excellent lighting everywhere). I don’t know what material things may be in your space, but I know that all of a sudden, you feel revived, refreshed, and restored. You smile a lot more in this broad place. You have more room to move around in this broad place. You may not necessarily have a set plan for all of this space, but you’ll get it with time. For now, you’re just happy to be here. That space is what I want to talk about today. Last week, we talked about the process needed to get to the broad place. Now, I want to try to show you what the broad place is.
So this week, I randomly ended up in Joshua, just in time to watch the children of Israel cross the Jordan river. Watching them (I visualize everything, so I feel like I actually watched this happen lol), I realized a few things about our own ‘crossing over’ moments that I want to share with y’all. Ready? Great! Let’s get to the other side.
So in Isaiah 38, we run into my new friend Hezekiah. Hezekiah is about to die (that’s an uplifting moment, huh). God has literally sent Isaiah to Hezekiah to inform him that it’s about that time, so he needs to start getting ready.. What can you really do when you get news like that…from God? It’s one thing to get it from a doctor, or some random person who doesn’t know what they’re talking about, but…God? What do you do when the God of life speaks death over you? More importantly, is it at all possible to get God to change His mind on something like that? Can we get a negotiation in grace? My friend Hezekiah has a few answers to those questions, let’s see what he did.
I love a good honest conversation with God. You know, one without all the thrills & fancy words that we use in church. Sometimes, a quick, simple "JESUS THIS ISN'T MAKING SENSE" really blesses my little soul. Why? Well, don’t judge me, but sometimes, “Father, I come before you right now to just say blah blah blah” doesn’t fully express my current level of frustration and/or confusion with whatever is happening in my life at that time. I don’t know about you, but every now & again, I need to scream at Jesus. We’re not the first though, somebody else screamed at God when they didn’t understand what was happening around them. Don’t believe me? Keep reading….
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At the end of the day, these posts are the thoughts that run through my mind. These are the lessons I've learned. The doors that I've walked through. The path I've chosen. This is part of what it means to be me. Hopefully, it'll help you be...you. Let's grow together, kay?
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