"Lord, how long does the season of suffering last?", I asked myself. Each day I go about my daily routine, I'm unceasingly asking the Lord to provide me with a fresh word that will comfort me in my anxiousness. Having the responsibility of being a full-time wife and mom along with work and ministry is often accompanied with a great amount of pressure. There are many times I might find myself overwhelmed. It's in those moments (of being overwhelmed) I find meditating on God's word and the desires of my heart to bring me a sense of peace. Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting back on my life and beginning to recognize that God has been with me all along. Through all the past trials and tribulations I have faced, He has been with me, giving me strength that will allow me to endure this present season. God has the provision for my life and never ceases to amaze me in all that He does. I have realized that God has been working in my life by proportions, considering my weakness and faintheartedness. It is God that holds the divine plan for my life and if I was never faced with these pressures I would not be able to sustain in future challenges. I am so passionate about my Father, because He is teaching me humbleness in the most uncomfortable places of my life. This is my place of wilderness, where I commit to God's divine path for my life even though it is not the quickest route. God has allowed His strength and love to keep me from looking back when I encounter unexpected dilemmas.
It so happened that after Pharaoh released the people, God didn't lead them by the road through the land of the Philistines, which was the shortest route, for God thought, "If the people encounter war, they'll change their minds and go back to Egypt. Exodus 13:17 (MSG)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
As I was engaged in my reading last night I came across a few scriptures that stirred something in my spirit. Exodus 40: 36-38 says, “But when the cloud was lifted up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on all their journeys; but if the cloud was not lifted up, then they would not journey further until the day it was lifted up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, but fire would be on it at night, in plain view of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”
As you look at your life, do you spend most of your time concerned about where you are ready to be or developing strength in the season you are in now? Due to the many unbearable challenges we face, we can be blinded from the powerful works of our Heavenly Father. When we look at this passage we find the Israelites would only journey when the cloud was lifted but remain where they were when the cloud was not lifted. I am pretty sure some of them could not stand following the cloud because they were never able to be comfortable.
Now this cloud represents the very presence of God hovering over His chosen people. It amazed me because to move when Gods says move and sit when God says sit takes discipline and obedience. We are a generation that demands to have things immediately only to find ourselves temporarily satisfied. God shows us here that his presence will dwell with us and satisfy us in every moment of our life as we commit to His ways. When we choose to move without the guidance of God we risk being left behind and sucked into an envious world, only to leave us lost and devoured by darkness.
While we are facing the facts of our current situation we must remember the God we serve will always provide a way and send comfort in our times of need. God's goal when He placed the Israelites in this strange land to be oppressed and enslaved was to bring them into a relationship with himself. He knows the plans for our future but He also knows our hearts. We are often put in strange territory to be molded and prepared for the journey ahead. Every desire of our heart will be fulfilled if we allow God to lead and guide us in every aspect of our lives. Through our obedience to His guidance, He develops us to conquer a rebellious world.
Don’t be impatient! Psalm 32:8 says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you.” Release your worries and concerns about tomorrow to God and be led in peace. It disturbs me when a loved one leaps into something not properly equipped only to fall w/o any strength to fight. Understand that it is the love of God that gives us the valor and vigor to face any storm that comes our way. So I encourage you to develop patience in this season and know that God is with you preparing you for your destiny.
Our God is creative and infinite. He has no boundaries for the plans that are in store for His children.