Flashlight...Spotlight...Sorry, No Floodlights!
At 3:02 AM this morning, I awoke right out of a dead sleep hearing, "My Word is a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path." (Ref Psm 119:105)
How many of you out there are struggling with something? I would not be too far off the mark to suggest 100% of us. Some struggles are more easily handled in stride than others. But regardless, if left up to us, we would avoid them at all cost.
I have been handed something by the Lord to work my way through. In recent weeks, it has grown more difficult. It has not been pleasant most of the time. Oh, He has certainly given me landmarks to know He is in the situation. But because it is solely mine to bear, the loneliness can creep in and play a recording to the soul that is anything but healthy.
I have shared on this blog before that years ago He gave me a vision of myself along a rocky seashore. Jesus was standing there with me. He was on one rock and I was on another. He handed me a blindfold and asked me to place it upon my eyes. Once fashioned on my eyes such trepidation overwhelmed me. "Will you trust Me?" I felt Him ask as He placed my hand in His. His promise to me was that He would tell me exactly where to place my feet such that I would not fall. With a conflict in the mind, but an unabashed love for Him, I took my first steps as He led me by His Word. I will be very candid with you -- I have never completely lost the feeling of trepidation as He showed me the vision even though my testimony is that He has never let me fall.
I draw an interesting parallel here. We know Jesus is now in heaven, seated to the right of our Father, His Father. But John tells us, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Ref: John 1:14) We also know that Jesus sent His Spirit at the time of His physical departure. The Bible is His Word written to and for us. When I see His written Word, the Bible, I can't help but think of Jesus, the Word made flesh. The Word also says there is to be a balance of the Word with the Spirit and the Spirit with the Word. I don't know exactly how it works -- I just know it does --- and certainly qualifies as a "WOW" for this sister!
His Word is our map. Where the light shines, I am told to walk in that path.
My question to you today is "Do you need a flashlight or a spotlight on your given situation?" Is the path readily made clear with a flashlight or is there fog and mist surrounding the area and perhaps a spotlight would be best? I must say at this point, for as long as I have walked with the Lord, I have never experienced Him granting to me a "floodlight", a light that spreads out and shows the surrounding areas. Nope. He is not about independence away from Him -- but dependence that draws us closer to Him. He craves fellowship with us!
Here's the beauty of it. To the measure you ground yourself in the Word, the more secure you will be and the less trepidation you will feel. If we run here and there habitually for prayer or searching for a 'word' from a fellow believer, you can be assured the trepidation and tension you feel will return. The Lord clearly said, ""My Word is a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path." No substitutions -- no exchanges --- no shortcuts.
It is hard. Our Lord knows right now at this exact moment I know just how life can squeeze in around a person! But I also have learned over and over again, there is nothing that will see me through like Him! Jesus is in heaven - but He left Himself two-fold here. His written Word and His Spirit. In proper balance, we can walk our rocky seashores! Dig, Siblings, dig into His Word! There are rich treasures between those precious covers!
Do you need just a flashlight today? Are things looking good for you? Great! I give Him praise for such a report! My caution to you is to make sure your flashlight is still on regardless of the ease you find your walk in the "now" moment. (ie: Take time in the Word even when you think you could get by without it perhaps for a day or two. Take the time!)
Do you need a spotlight? Are things just hard for you right now? No one can take His place. I know just this past week I needed to make a number of decisions. Despite my natural desire to "girl talk" everything out, I strongly sensed the Lord saying "Only Me", so I "turtled" into His presence and had a long stint of time with Him. He continues to stretch me in not just the knowledge that He is my all-sufficient One, but in action when perhaps we are so craving to talk it out with "someone with skin on" -- yet He says, "No, only Me." I must confess such training is difficult and goes against the human make-up! But alas, we must press forward. If this describes your "now" moment, STEEP yourself in the Word! It is your LIGHT!
We are given the gift of brothers and sisters in Christ to walk beside us, to love us, and for us to love them. Praise God for such a gift! But, do not use them as a substitution for the Lord or time spent in His Word. Our fellow siblings are there to enhance our walk. But truth is no one can walk our walk with us 100% of the time but Him and nothing can light our path like the Word!
I pray my 3:00 AM visitation is of benefit to you as well! Let's stay in the Word together!
I am first and foremost a daughter of the Most High. He has blessed me with three maturing children, ages 12 years old through 7 years old, and a Christian husband who is my best friend. I spend my days home schooling my children, tending the 'home front', exploring God's Word, and lifting up my fellow sisters in Christ. I have a tremendous appetite for the Lord's Word and a desire to know Him to deep depths. As for my fellow sisters in the Lord, I have a passion to see them walking out their destinies in Christ. In all things, Give Him Praise!
You can visit Deborah at www.joyinthemorning.com.
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