It is raining here...beating down on winter ground, leaving a small pond in the neighbor's yard and a creek along the side of our house. Frozen earth beneath keeps the water from above limited in its descent. Living water unable to penetrate the cold frozen ground.
Yeah. That maybe says it all. The Living Water, our Jesus is so often limited by our beliefs, our unbeliefs, our frozen ground. Limited because the choice is ours....the believing, the unbelieving. He waits with love in His heart.
What seems like ages ago now, we headed to a one night conference in Minnesota to hear one of our favorite teachers speak about healing. He asked a question that we are still pondering. "Who is Lord over your life?" We would all probably answer "Jesus, of course!" And yet.................I can almost guarantee that we all can uncover little lordships in our lives that interfere with Jesus as the Lord. Savior? Yes, but Lord over our fears, our desires, our soul? Maybe it is related to money, control, security, sickness, children...........Living water finding resistant frozen soil. It was a great teaching of which I cannot give justice in my written words, but let me suffice to say that we knew THIS is why Holy Spirit wanted us to go. For the inner us........He likes to shape and change us on the inside, renewing, transforming for His purpose.
A few days after arriving home, I was hit with a virus from hell. Cuz that is where they all come from. Coughing, hacking, sneezing, fever, chills, fatigue, weakness, aching, blah blah blah. Six days and 12 meals of chicken soup, nearly 2 kleenix boxes later, lots of sleep, a continual supply of essential oils and prayer and I am finally recovering. I asked for prayers from The Knee Team a few days in and quickly developed a fever and new symptoms......failed prayer? Nope. This let me know that prayer was having an affect on the sickness....my body was fighting back....so maybe the virus....but I know prayer is a might weapon of warfare..... When I was too sick to read, watch TV, talk, or do much of anything, this virus had my attention. Here was a perfect example of something else being lord of my little life....and over my body. I felt like crap and distractions were hard to find ~ I succumbed to discouragement.
Today looking behind me, I am able to see how easy it is for our circumstances to lord over us. So. easy. This one virus was a small example. It had me. One little virus had me at it's beck and call, unable to fight. I remembered the verse God has been sending and I asked God to fight for me, through The Knee Team....through His Son, and I spent my time working at remaining calm, resting.
The teacher we listened to that night had asked...."Are you willing to change lords? Stop adapting to sickness, or fear, or whatever the enemy is using to lord over your life~~ and turn to Jesus. We don't deny what screams loudly, we just tell the problem how big our God is. Jesus loves being our Savior.....He also desires to be Lord over our lives.
What do we talk about more? The disease.....the symptoms.....the circumstances in our world.......the latest drama unfolding on TV or social media..........OR do talk about the promises of Jesus. The Word. Who reigns.
It is still raining........the water is rising....limited by the frozen ground. Oh Lord, don't let me be frozen to the Truth of Your many promises....Your Love......Your Word. Melt my heart with Your fire as You reveal these little lords in my life that interfere with you being Lord of All. Remind me how Big you are and how small my problems are. Let me whisper.........Jesus.