I have become a fan of Oswald Chambers recently. I occasionally share some of the highlights from my morning read, and while they usually are “aha” moments for me, this mornings was a confirmation I needed to avoid guilt.
I was supposed to be going out of town next Wednesday but some additional medical testing has come up so in case I can’t still go, (yesterday) I made an impromptu decision to get away this weekend. My soul is screaming and I need to be alone to soak Him in and replenish my weariness. All morning I have doubted if I should go – even fighting guilt – then I read my morning Chambers and it is as if the Lord is saying, “You can’t face what is before you if you are not immersed in Me”.
Here – let me share some highlights –
In our Lord’s life there was none of the pressure and the rushing of tremendous activity that we regard so highly today, and a disciple is to be like His Master.
John 18:36 says His kingdom is not of this world.
Luke 17:20-21 says the Kingdom of God does not come with observation but the Kingdom of God is within us.
. . . You are immersed in the truths of God to soak in them (not “them in” – there’s a big difference and I even translated it like that originally – big aha there) before Him. You have no idea where or how God is going to engineer your future circumstances, and no knowledge of what stress and strain is going to be placed on you either at home or abroad. And IF (I love love love IF AND THEN statements!) you waste your time in overactivity, instead of being immersed in the great fundamental truths of God’s redemption, THEN you will snap when the stress and strains do come. But IF this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in Him, which may appear to be impractical, THEN you will remain true to Him whatever happens.
WOW! WOW! WOW!
I am so thankful God had already given me the prompting to take a few days to get away and how He has even led me to the perfect place of stillness. I have never had this opportunity before and am very thankful I will have it.
This is the verse the Lord gave me this morning –
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes’ its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7 – 8
Thank you Lord for knowing exactly what I need when I need it. Use this time to mend my heart and fill me. Make me like a well planted tree whose roots run deep. May I not waiver and bend in the storms of life. May fear be faint nothing of a whisper in the wind because of my grounding in you. Bring healing and wellness to my family. I love you, Lord. Amen.