Hi Fam! I didn’t want April to end without giving an update of my beautiful journey walking along with my Father as I learn to trust him, to count on Him, to turn to Him for my every need… I’m amazed at the amount of grace I have shunned in the past while living a life fashioned along a path of my own understanding. I’m comforted that all the answers I sought were always right there in the Bible, hidden in plain sight! Funny thing is I’d often quote those answers without realizing the real-time living power behind the very verses I quoted.
The word is coming alive in me and my faith in its absolute power is becoming deeply rooted in me. My spirit leaps every time I find a verse that promises me something, for ‘God is not man that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?’ (Numbers 23:19). I’m equally shaken when I stumble upon a warning, for ‘do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap’ (Galatians 6:7). I’m walking out my faith cautiously as I learn to hear my Father’s voice (John 10:27). I’m learning to linger in His presence after prayer so He can whisper His truths in my heart concerning situations I implore Him about.
I am finding that He is a loving Father and a patient God. For Him to work in my life, He requires that I be patient, and that I have faith. The enemy needs just the opposite to wreck havoc in our lives -fear, and a sense of urgency. My heart bleeds at every fearful and rushed decision I have made in the past, giving the enemy a foothold to come in and steal… kill… destroy… (John 10:10). Fortunately, with God on our side, reclaiming stolen ground is as simple as giving it over to the Father in faith, and patiently waiting for the double-portion recompense.
As I weave my way through the Bible once again, I’m finding that the theme of restoration is the thread that weaves through the entire book. Consequently, I fully understand that my current journey is one of restoration, with God restoring me to Himself. Tough as the journey is, would I have it any other way? Quite frankly, No. It calls to mind the Psalmist’s declaration in 119:71, ‘It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees’.
Job’s affirmation also comes to mind: ‘though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him’ (13:15). Keeping in mind Job was a righteous man, I’ve pondered where that leaves wretched me. Fortunately, there is no respect of persons with God (Romans 2:11). The journey is full of grace and plenty of times of refreshing (Acts 3:20) as he leads me beside quiet waters and makes me lie down in green pastures (Psalm 23). While I earnestly do not desire to dwell in the valley of the shadow of death any longer than I need to, His rod and staff, nevertheless, comfort me on this part of my journey.
April has been a lovely month of sweet fellowship with my Father and fellow sojourners He’s put on my path along this restoration journey. Most days are vibrant and full of life while other days are both dreary and weary. Whichever the day, He is teaching me to lean on Him, and more and more I am understanding what bringing the ‘sacrifice of praise’ means (Hebrews 13:15). Whatever the mood of the day, whether weary or cheerful, I too, like Paul of Tarsus, am learning the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:11-13). As my Father beckons, I follow gladly. Where He leads me, I will follow. Cheers, Grey xoxo