Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Undefined

The other night I woke up in a tense and anxious state, "Lord, what are we doing?! This is impossible. This is crazy. This is foolishness." Quickly, I started preaching to myself about the character of God; reminding my heart of His rich and exceeding promises for those who follow Him in obedience. Martin Lloyd Jones would have been proud. I cling to his advice often. "O soul, HOPE IN GOD!" It was intense to say the least. I am so glad that as a child of God I can come boldly before His throne in the finished work of Jesus, His Son. He hears us when we pray!

A bible story that kept coming to mind was, "The Battle of Jericho". God had given a promise - there would be victory. God had given the command and they obeyed. Think about it. It had to have looked so unhinged. Really?! Yet, God in His superior power and reign doesn't need valiant horses and beautiful steel armor. He often uses the simple and unassuming things to confound the wise.

It is hard to capture in words where we find ourselves. The land of in-between. Apart from His sheer miracle-working power and grace an impossible road leads us onward. Whew, nothing is impossible with God. It is a good time of sanctification. Intense. but. good.

Tonight, we are staying up way past our bedtime and I found this quote on The Livesay's blog (they borrowed it from someone else & we're borrowing it from them). I can't, "Yes & Amen!" it loud enough. It totally sums up where we're at. We're making the jump and praying for the parachute to unfold and catch the wind. Bellies in throat - hearts thumping, "Lord! You are worth our complete surrender. For Your Name alone keep us."

"Our story is perhaps a paradigm for every trusting disciple. The way of trust is a movement into obscurity, into the undefined, into ambiguity; not into some predetermined, clearly delineated plan for the future. The next step discloses itself only out of a discernment of God acting in the desert of the present moment. The reality of naked trust is the life of a pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it his presence and his promise."
-Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning

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