It has been a while. In the middle there, I guess, we could say a lot has happened.
I can only imagine what’s gone on in your world.
To me it’s felt like being on both pause and fast forward at the same time, running in a dream.
What about you?
I have missed this blog, this quiet, white space on the internet. It represents three of my greatest joys, walking alone with God, meeting people from all over the world and exploring God’s gifting. Outside of this space, life is extraordinarily full of voices, colours, movement and back to back demands.
Here, is where I quietly think about the things of God one at a time, mull things over prayerfully, find ways to express new revelation and take time to unpack old revelation, or simply “create” out of God’s word. It is pure joy for me to be here again.
Two scriptures have guided me back here, Exodus: 14 and Colossians 3. I always love to read whole chapters of scriptures to know what’s going on. Sometimes I find myself reading the bible forwards and backwards at the same time if I hear a verse that speaks to me.
In particular in Exodus 14, where the Israelites have escaped slavery in Egypt but find themselves seemingly trapped in the desert with Pharoah’s army behind them and the red sea before them, I have recently been struck anew by what God says to Moses in verse 15.
Exodus 14:15 says,
Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
Action, it is the antidote to anxiety. When we do something to move forward, things change so our feelings also change.
But God doesn’t just leave it there, with a glib motivational quote, because although we like to think it is all about our feelings and our well being it’s not. Those are just byproducts of witnessing the glory of God in action.
Read Exodus 14:16-31 and you will see that after these words to the Israelites, God got very busy “gaining glory!”
Exodus 14:31 says,
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
These verses have spurred me on to move forward, to move on, to take real physical steps. Not because our steps will save ourselves or anyone, but because God wants to get very busy “gaining glory” over the Pharaohs and other things in our world that have held us captive and put roadblocks in our way.
Why? because God wants us to fear Him only, and to put our trust in Him only. Only then will we be free to sing, to rejoice in the LORD, like Moses and the Israelites did after they crossed the Red Sea.
It’s that freedom that we all crave.
The other scripture that has been driving me to get back here is Colossians 3: 9 – 10.
Colossians 3:9-10 says,
9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Since March, I have been painstakingly brush painting our house, one tiny section of bagged brick or shiplap or trimming at a time or rolling the occasional smooth ceiling. Whenever I can carve out a moment. The furniture has been in a state of flux, in and out of the hallways, punctuated by paint tins. The process of painting reminds me of Colossians 3:9-10. I’m constantly scrubbing off old dirt with sugar soap then carefully applying the new clean layers.
I have loved in my decorator magazines the photographs of craftsmen and women; glass blowers and potters and artists in their studios, surrounded by their rough tools and raw materials yet carving out a glorious image.
It has encouraged me so much. Just before I began the painting, I had a moment with God where I said the house wasn’t working and maybe we should move, and he said “just paint. It’s not working because you are not working.
Like the Israelites all I needed was to move forward, pick up my brush, dip it in Porters “Popcorn” white and slap it on the wall. God was waiting to get very busy in the background.
Who would have thought that a few coats of paint could release so much joy into a home?
I want to encourage you today, if fear has surrounded you, God wants you to take steps forward into the beautiful life of freedom he has planned for you. Even if right now it looks impossible or the dirt is feeling stuck on.
God is the God of Glory and he is waiting to get very busy the moment you do.
I’d love to hear from you too,
Lots of Love,
If you need more encouragement to step out when it seems impossible you might like an earlier post Stretch Out Your Hand that looks at verses in the book of Mark.