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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Confrontation

The Wind and The Waves greeted me this morning.

"See how big I am!" they threatened. "I can take you down with one blow," they said, taunting me like a bully.  They puffed up their chest and stretched themselves high above me to intimidate.

I looked up at them and smiled. 

"Yes," I responded. "You certainly can try to take me down in one blow. But you forget who you're talking to."

"I'm talking to a Frail One." They huffed. 

"Ah, yes...." I said, looking off into the distance. "That is who I used to be...until I met the Great Navigator."

"The Great Navigator?!" they gasped. "We know Him.  He walks upon us. He knows our every move. He has Power to...to silence us!"

"That's right. And He's warned me about you," I said. 

"What has He told you??" they said, quivering. 

"He has told me the Truth."

"No!" they exclaimed. 

"Yes. He said your power is nothing in comparison to Abba's Hand."

The Wind and The Waves shrunk back as I spoke. 

"And He told me that any blow from your breath will only be used as fuel to take me where He wants me to go.

"AND He told me that you look bigger than you actually are. From His perspective, YOU, in fact, are the Frail One and it is I who am the Conqueror. Indeed, MORE than a Conqueror.

"See, the Navigator took me to the top of that Mountain over there," I said, pointing to the highest point." As we looked down, He showed me how contained you are within His Borders. He told me that even though it appears from below that you rule the Sea, you obviously don't. But, you know how to intimidate and have convinced many Sailors that you have the final say in their affairs. Many believe you are actually stronger than Abba. But you and I both know that you have no power than what is given to you from Him."

The Wind and The Waves trembled and pulled away from me. 

"Do not whisper a word of this Truth to anyone!" they begged. "We depend on our intimidation tactics!"

"I can not be silent, oh Wind and Waves!" I responded, as I felt new strength run through my body. "I will tell others and take them to the Great Navigator so they can hear it for themselves! Your lie is exposed. Conquerors will no longer fear as they sail the Waters with the Great Navigator because the Truth will set them free, as well!"

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Silent Saturday

I've often wondered about that day.  The day between the Cross (Good Friday) and the Resurrection (Easter Sunday).  The silent Saturday, I call it. The Victory on the Cross had been won but Jesus had not yet risen.  It was the day that things were yet to be revealed fully in the natural.  What must had it been like for His followers? Death had brought a cloud of sadness. It seemed all was lost.

But it wasn't!!

Little did they realize what had really happened.  Little did they know what had truly been accomplished.  And little did they know that God was STILL at work. The silent Saturday was only quiet for those in the natural.  In the unseen world, things were lining up and events were taking place.

Many of us have lived through our own silent Saturdays with God. We've walked through days, maybe entire seasons, where God was silent in some ways.  He didn't let us in on the details of His workings.  He left things hidden.  He didn't disclose.  He didn't reveal. 

His silence left us wondering.

Is God aware?  Does God even care? Does He hear me?  Has He forgotten about me?  If He loved me, He would fill me in and not remain so quiet! 

But His silence does not mean He is not devoted to us and does not care about us.  His silence DOES NOT represent His activity.  See, God is always moving on our behalf.  He is FOR us, not against us.  But there may be things that He leaves undisclosed because, well, maybe we just simply don't need to know about them.  There are things I don't fill my children in on.  They trust that my decisions in handling the affairs of the house are going to lead to their welfare.  Even if they asked, they probably wouldn't understand if I started explaining to them the details of what I'm doing.  They don't ask me about how I'm handling the budget.  They just trust that I'm going to make it work so that there is food for them when they wake up in the morning.

God is always working us toward trusting Him more and more.  His goal is to refine our faith.  His goal is to get us to trust Him like a little child.  His goal is to get us to the point in our relationship with Him that we just trust He is handling things -- even when He doesn't tell us what He's doing and how He is doing it.

Silent Saturdays are God's gift to us.  It forces us to make a choice.  Will we trust Him even when He's silent?  Will we believe He is still moving and accomplishing things even if they have yet to be revealed to us in the natural? 

Rest assured.  Easter morning will come.  Things that are hidden will be unveiled.  But for now, we trust Him in the silence.