Thursday, October 14, 2010
Mountains. Beautiful, majestic, breathtaking. But deadly to the ill prepared.
Spiritual mountains can be the same. The climb to the peak challenges you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Any lack of self discipline becomes glaringly obvious. Either you're fit for the journey when you start out, or fit by the time you reach the summit! Few people stand where the air is thin and the view expansive.
Each night, camp is made, in as sheltered a spot as can be found. But the next morning finds the team packed and climbing again.
I wonder if sometimes we're like Abraham's father, Terah, who began the journey with his son to Canaan. When Terah was about seventy he fathered three sons, Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran fathered a son named Lot, but in Genesis 11:28 we learn that Haran died before his father, Terah.
So Terah packs up shop, and begins the journey with Abram and his wife Sarai, and his grandson Lot, and heads for Canaan. But along the way, they came to a town named Haran (his dead son's name), and settled there. For Terah, the journey is over. He died in Haran.
Haran. I know I've been there.
Rendered breathless by a painful place in my life. Felt the scab of an old wound ripped open. Buried hopes, dreams, even friendship. Who would ever want to stop there? But we do. We set up camp. An altar maybe, to the idol of agony.
Maybe it's settling for the ordinary. The familiar, the mediocre. After all, do we really need to be self-disciplined? It's hard work. And life is so busy! Is good health really that important? My body, "the temple of the Holy Spirit" stuff is just extreme. And God is blessing me! Surely that means I'm right where I should be?
And so we stay, right where we are, instead of moving to the higher place that God has for us.
Every one travels through Haran.
How long we stay is up to us.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I sense a commissioning from the Lord. He's laid in my lap a beautiful, high powered weapon. A bow. The arrows are plentiful; the tips sharp and perfectly honed.
Most mornings, I stand before my open window that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and gaze towards Australia. Then I take my arrows, dip them in the Word, take aim, and fire.
In faith, I specify the recipients. And like a homing missile, they do not return void. They accomplish all that they have been sent out to do.
It might sound weird. I'm just doing what I'm told to do. God says for me to use His word, and this is the way He showed me. I'm a visionary type, so it helps me to "see" the word flying as arrows. If you struggle with wielding the Sword, ask God to give you a way that suits your personality type. After all, He knows you perfectly!
Isaiah 55:11 "It is the same with My word. I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it." (NLT)