The last few messages have considered how God uses or even places us in circumstances for the purpose of molding and maturing us into “the likeness of His Son” (Romans 8:29). After all, this IS the plan of God. He is in the process of redeeming (buying back, or we could say restoring) us to the relationship which sin has destroyed. This process absolutely must include faith in the sacrifice of “His one and only Son” (John 3:16) for the forgiveness of sin; but it also includes learning how to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5), and how to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). This is the process which will take a lifetime and include many storms as well as opportunities to soar.
But perhaps one of the most difficult portions of the journey is when we’re just not sure what’s happening. We’re definitely not soaring high like an eagle, but neither can we say we’re in a storm or experiencing discipline. It’s just that our spiritual life seems to be characterized by an uneasy quiet. Nothing. No affirmation, correction or direction. Just quiet.
If you think this sounds a little personal…you’re right. I want to give my all. I want to be involved in something which can change the world. I’ve told God these desires, but so far…nothing. We’ve now been traveling for 75 days. There were several reasons involved with making the decision to take this extended journey, but one reason was the hope that we might receive clear direction as we removed ourselves from the hectic schedules which had consumed our family. So far, we’ve had a great journey – except for my wife still experiencing lots of back pain and everyone missing their friends and routine – but nothing in the form of clear direction. It’s as if I’ve lost the signal. I’m sure He’s still speaking, but I just can’t hear.
We left Spokane Washington yesterday and headed toward Seattle. My brother had suggested we drive through an area in the middle of the state called Dry Falls. This area was formed in a short period of time by massive floods which carved wide coulees into the otherwise flat terrain. The water is now gone but you can drive and camp in the bottom of the coulee. It’s really quite beautiful. However, after we picked out our spot and set up the trailer I noticed one problem – no signal. We were in an area where internet connection was lost – an area where there was no reception. What was I going to do?
We had an extremely peaceful night! So quiet. And in the midst of all the quiet I began to ponder, What do you do when the signal fails? Of course I had to consider what I was going to do about sending out a message (had to wait until we changed locations) but I also considered the more important spiritual message. Did God have something for me to learn? Was He speaking even now?
It occurred to me that there are always going to be times when we are not receiving. And during these times there is only one thing we can do. We must continue to do the things we know we ought to do.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
No, I don’t have direction with where we should live or what I should do after our journey ends in December, but there are LOTS of things I know I need to be doing right now. The way I communicate with my wife needs to be much better. My patience level with my kids is being challenged every day. And my quiet time with God needs to be more from the heart. Let’s not lose sight of the daily things God has for us to do – the lessons we know He is teaching. Let’s diligently continue to rejoice and pray anytime we are in a season when reception fails.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
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