i’ve heard it said; “obedience is the pathway to blessing.”
“blessing” is a tired word, as my children’s 4th grade english teacher would describe it; “a word that has become so overused, it’s lost it’s meaning. it is tired. it needs a rest. we need to find alternative words to use, so that our audience will actually know what we are trying to say. “
i do believe obedience is a pathway, just to something else.
over the years, He’s reveled to me all the ways my obedience has been a pathway to knowing:
knowing the nearness of a Savior whose love does not fail.
knowing the help of a Shepherd who gently leads those with young.
knowing the grip of a Father who never lets go.
knowing the comfort of a Creator whose knowlege knows no bounds.
knowing the safety of a King whose throne is approachable.
knowing the rest of a Spirit who guides.
He’s been inviting me deeper now, the pathway is opening in a way.
i want to see.
full of doubt much of the time these days, i have been asking my Shepherd to open my eyes, that i might see Him. it’s a different plea than to know Him.
i want to see miracles
i want to see a generation finally waking up inside *
i want to see evidence of God’s grace**
i want to see the Spirit moving, creating revival
in my church, in my community, in my world
but mostly in my home.
and He whispers; return to Isaiah, and remember.
and then continue on in obedience, regardless of what outcomes you immediately see
you will know Me there, yes, but you will also see Me there.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn darkness into light before them
and make rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of His servant?
Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.
i want to feel.
in my reading of the work of the Spirit, i long for the evidence of His work to be felt in my innerman, enabling my obedience when afraid, unsure. continually, i cry out; “i believe you Lord, help me overcome my unbelief.” i think what i’m really saying is; “i want to feel You.”
i want that peace that passes understanding; that comes from complete trust in a Father who holds my tender heart in His hands. regardless of the outcome of being misunderstood. of being rejected. of something painful.
i want that hope that anchors; assuring that my obedience isn’t a waste, accomplishing nothing, isn’t too tainted by my doubts and unbeliefs to really count.
i want that joy that cannot be taken; that exists right alongside every other emotion that lingers while traversing this earth. that gives endurance, even anticipation of what a mighty God can do when powerless and weak vessels avail themselves to His call.
and He whispers: come to Me and find rest.
and then continue on in obedience, regardless of what the outcomes cause you to immediately feel.
you will know Me there, yes, and you will see Me, but you will also experience Me.
Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy laden.
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon thee and and learn from Me
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
He gives sight to the blind, i am convinced of that….in general.
He gives joy that cannot be taken. i am conviced of that too….in general.
He makes Himself known, to unworthy followers. again, i am convinced.
but it gets personal, the convincing. appropriated, i am learning,
through my obedience.
to draw further up and further in: *Switchfoot where i belong; **Acts 11 esp verse 23
Mark 8; Isaiah 30: 15-18; 41:16-17; 50:10-11, Matthew 11; Isaiah 58