Digging Deeper

Life is crazy. Seasons come and go, and even when anticipated, you never can expect all that unfolds. Some takes you higher, lifting your gaze beyond what you have seen before. Your heart soars with visions of brilliance that cannot be described with words. At other times, you are plunged into the depths of the valley seasons, far deeper than imagined. There, the darkness seems to take on a weight that presses on you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Questions that were dormant now spring to life bringing internal controversy with  yourself and the Lord.

While certainly not over, these past few seasons have dramatically affected me. More importantly than all the shaking though, is my resolve to understand and receive the manner by which the Lord is walking with me in this season. It is unlike any season I have traveled, and yet, His presence remains. Slowly, yet with increasing clarity, I am coming to see the Lord with fresh eyes and with a deepening hope of His greatness and love that surpasses any and every event and circumstance of my life. I’m left with only gratefulness to offer Him, as all else pales in comparison. Ever deeper the Holy Spirit continues to dig in my heart to further enlarge the place of God’s dwelling within me. For that, I am humbled and undone. Thank You Jesus!

Season of Rest

For the past few months, I have been embracing a season of rest in many areas of ministry, particularly my writing. Though difficult, this time has been important to lay all at God’s feet, and to ask for fresh eyes as I look ahead in my journey.

One area I’m exploring in more significant ways deals with how to hold the emphatic promises of God for my life when my experiences continue to be the opposite. A challenge at best, I’m coming to see with deeper peace the reality that while God’s promises over our lives are absolutely true and unchanging, the application of these promises can change from season to season. That which I’ve experienced of a promise in different circumstances remains true, but may not come out in the way I anticipate at a new time and place in my journey.

In times as these,  I’m left with a choice. I can either believe that His promises have ceased or don’t apply in my current state, or I can begin another mysterious adventure to find the expression of His promises in fresh, new ways. While I still struggle a bit, I am trying to follow the latter, again throwing my life upon the alter of God and trusting His heart for my life. In the process, I can sense my faith being stretched and deepened in His ongoing goodness and kindness over my life.

If you find yourself in a similar place, I offer this blessing…”Father, I ask you to draw every person close to your heart where a new season of trusting has blossomed. Open their eyes to your veiw from heaven, and connect their heart to yours where they can begin to understand with greater sensitivity the abiding kind love you have for them and for their journey. Thank You. Amen.”

Shifting Seasons

I truly love the natural rhythm of changing life around me. The freshness that each day brings as articulated by nature’s vast array of color and form, continually points me heavenward regardless of my personal circumstances. Whether the start of new life in the Spring, or the growing dormancy in preparation for Winter during the Fall, each transition portrays a vivid portrait of our own lives.

Like nature’s seasonal changes, the shifting of life seasons can be filled with much unknown. We first experience upheaveal when what we came to experience yesterday no longer matches what we may encounter today. Expectations become confounded, and our bearings for what is “normal” go awry. Suddenly, we find ourselves “inbetween” two distinct worlds…that which once was, and that which can be.

Looking back, Jesus steps forwards from our circumstances to highlight the faithfulness of how He traveled with us. Doing so brings a peaceful relief to our hearts and many “Aha” moments where our eyes are opened to His intimate compassions and involvements that before remained unperceived.

Looking ahead, Jesus again stands before us, beckoning us to follow. Usually, the scene around him is not overly clear, while His presence is. I suspect that’s point. Our going forward remains more about being with him than it does about the particulars of what we will be doing together.

But want about the “inbetween” stage? Where is Jesus then? In truth, He remains by our side as before, encouraging us to lean into Him even more. He knows that shifting life circumstances can be unsettling, especially when it comes unexpectedly. In moments like this, He speaks to us with abiding encouragement to bring an enduring peace that empowers our heart to keep pressing on with His input.

“Help me Jesus to reach more for you than for the clarity of my circumstances when I experience the shifting seasons in my journey. Thank you that you remain faithful to me even when I wander away in search of the answers myself.”