Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Rock

Well helloooooo there!
Yes, it once again has been awhile since I have posted....God has been speaking and so I have been quiet. But if you don't mind I would like to share what He has been saying.
I think maybe I have got it!

I had a pretty neat experience on Sunday.
It was time for our new Beth Moore study to start and I decided to jumped in because it is only 4 weeks and there is no homework! \o/
I thought the study seemed familiar but decided to check it out anyway.
As soon as the DVD started I knew I had seen it before....not only that-- I have it and had done it with my girls back home.
And I was giving it one of those...... "been there done that" type of thoughts when God gave me a little loving nudge with His hand.
Almost like on NCIS when Gibbs gives Tony a little loving correction on the back of his head. :) You'll understand if you watch.
He reminded me that I was there for a reason.....a very necessary reason.
It is amazing what you can forget in a few years. And I don't know about you but there have been many times when God opened my eyes to a truth but somehow it got tucked away and never really used.
I think sometimes He has allowed those instances in my life because it was not really time for the teaching to take circumstances were not right yet.

Beth began her teaching from Isa 26.
I wish you could have sat in on this with me.
I want to try and explain something that she said that I thought was really well put.
Our time here on earth as believers is set to help point others to our God by testimony of the lives we lead.
Many become Christians and they look at God and they say...Yes, You are God. And yet they never allow Him to change their lives. Then there are those who learn to love Him and serve Him and their lives are changed.
They go through tough times and their lives shine with the glory of God.
During those times others who don't know Him-- look at them and want to know Who lives in us or how can we live life the way we do.
They hear what we say about our God (words can often just be taken as words)
...but when they see Him in action in our lives...they know...HE IS!
And often because of the testimony they turn and begin a relationship with Him.
She went on to ask where we were right now in our representation of God.
Had we lost a job? Had we lost a loved one?
Or were we just in a really rough spot in life?
Those kind of hit me. I was not even going to share the news here because I don't ever want anyone to dread coming here. Many are going through rough times with jobs right now...and Keith has joined the ranks of those who have been laid off.
Thank God for the provision as long as it lasted!
Beth wanted to know where we were in our minds. How are we walking through these times and remembering the truth? Sometimes it is hard.
And Sunday hit me hard.
Not that I don't know that He is our provider.....I know that.
But my emotions just took over.
So Beth went on the talk about the scripture in Isa 26. She had Amanda come up and she and Beth sat on the stairs in the from of the church so that she could illustrate the following verse.

Isa 26:3------You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trust in you.

With Amanda sitting on a step or two lower than her, Beth talked about how when Amanda was little she used to come and sit and rest her head on Beth's lap. While there Beth would lovingly hold Amanda's head and speak to her.
See that word steadfast in the verse above? It seems to me that it would have something to do with walking a consistent walk...thinking on God consistently.
But what that word by definition really means prop or lean.
So imagine that you are sitting at the feet of our Daddy God. Imagine that(and you may not have to) life is a storm. With my visual mind I could not help but imagine me as a child running up to the front of the throne room....circumstances in life chasing me all the way. My Father sees me coming and He already knows what is going on. He rises from His throne and gathering His royal robes descends the steps and stops half way to meet me with arms outstretched. Sitting at His feet He reaches over and gently guides my head to rest on His leg. And as He begins to run His hand over my hair this is what He says.......Peace be still.
And perfect peace fills my heart and mind....because I trust in Him.

I have often found myself in the last few days with my head leaning to one side.
In my minds eye leaning my head on the knee of my Daddy God.
He is faithful to see His word brought to past.

She then ventured into the next verse.
It is all about our LORD being the rock eternal.
I won't go into all the details here.
But I will say this-- we stand on The Rock... but The ROCK stands firm in us.
We can stand on The Rock that will never be shaken!
I had to grin a little the next morning when I opened the devotional I have been meandering through and the topic was........... The Rock. And no, they were not talking about this rock.Sorry, just had to go there........don't know why every time I say, The Rock...that picture comes to mind.
Back to being serious now.
I think maybe He was just making sure I realized that He was speaking.
And know how sometimes churches do a little wayside preaching by putting a little saying on their sign? Well, as I was picking Julia up from school the new message was.....
Come in for your own piece of The Rock. :) I hear you God....I hear.
That is now three times...One for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit.

To wrap this all up.
If I want others to be able to look at my life in the stormy times and be able to see The Rock.....I'd better be found with my head on His knee allowing Him to speak words of truth into my ever wandering mind.
Hey, He had to say it three times.......I think I can now stand on it! It was a WORD.
You know-- all I want is to be found faithful. Not so that He will love me more.......I have all the love He could ever give right now.
But I want to do this thing so that when others in my every day life look at me......they walk away saying........HE IS!
So if you see me walking with my head tilted to the, it is not because I have a crick in my neck..........just leaning.



luvmy4sons said...

Oh Amen sweet sister...I love this verse...did a post on it myself. Seems often the Lord is speaking the same things to our hearts. I SO want to be seen leaning on Him...truly leaning...putting my full weight on Him. I love it too that He used a "known" Bible lesson to reiterate a truth you knew but needed to reapply to your life. So often after you have been in Christian circles for so long you begin to think..."Oh I know that verse...I know that lesson...I have heard that before..." But God is so amazing how He can take a verse and make it come alive new and fresh in your heart and apply it in a personal way to what it going on RIGHT NOW specifically in your heart! Good stuff here girl. I like how you are listening and what you are hearing! Thanks for sharing!

Shirley said...

Wonderful post...full of His Truth...God is wonderful...if we will just listen...we will hear...
He knows what we need...when we
need it.

Thanks for sharing.

A Captured Reflection said...

Wow, you are going through deep waters but I can just hear the power and love of God oozing through you Sharon. Something has changed, something has shifted - it's a beautiful thing. I can't even word it but I see something awesome. I will pray for Keith and work and you all!

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Yes girl...lean on Him! I'm sorry you are going through the fire a lot lately...I will be praying for you and that you will keep leaning on Him!! Great post!

Halfmoon Girl said...

yes, I want to walk around with my head to one side more often too! will be praying for you and Keith's job situation. Don't ever think you will scare us away by sharing troubling news!

SunnySusan said...

I love will be a hoot walking around with my head tilted to one side...what a conversation starter....
prayers for the job situation...hugs

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

First of all, what study of Beth's? Secondly, what I kept thinking while reading this is that one of the reasons I first made the connection with you, Sharon, is because I was interested in the witness of a faith journey that was walking through some very difficult times. Yours qualified. Still does.

You have been a faithful witness to the faithfulness of our God; I admire your honesty, your struggle, and your trust in the unseen tomorrow that will land you securely in the lap of our Jesus.

Continue to lean into him this night. I'm leaning too and ever so thankful for his lap that reaches from my side of the state over to yours.


A Captured Reflection said...

Yes this is me, tomorrow girl. My post on temporary had been in the brewing this week, then a friend of mine had a 19 year old guy from her home group die in an unexpected car accident. He only got baptised last year...was on the brink of proposing to his girlfriend.

I didn't know him personally, but it really, really put things in perspective for me.