Saturday, February 23, 2013

Narrow Places

For you are my hiding place;
You protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along
the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.”
Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those
who trust the Lord.
Psalm 32:7,8,10

Hezekiah's plans to protect the city's resources 
required that water from the springs of Gihon
be tunneled into the pool of Siloam.
Tunnels are dark and narrow places.
But inside the tunnel, power is generated
and life sources are channeled
to where they are most needed.
This seemingly dark and narrow place 
that many are in right now isn't bad;
but it is definitely not comfortable.
In a tunnel, you can't see very far ahead.
There is a sense that it might go on forever.
The narrow path can make us feel
that something is wrong.
But the Lord's promise to us is that
He will guide us along the path.
He will advise us and watch over us.
He surrounds us with songs of victory
and unfailing love.
When my steps seem uncertain
and I begin to worry about the future 
beyond where I can see,
the Lord gently reminds me to trust Him.
(the tunnel of Gihon Springs)

Hold My hand and allow Me to guide you,
watch over you, and advise you along the way.
In these narrow places, I am preparing you
for another level of My glory.
You have wanted to remain 
in the wide open spaces of yesterday,
but I have orchestrated this time of transition.
It has left you feeling disconnected, uneasy, unfruitful.
But it is I that has led you to this narrow place.
Trust My leading and hold on to My hand.
Ask My advice with every step
and you will rest secure knowing I've got you.
You simply cannot focus on the tunnel.
Lift your eyes up to the realm where I am.
You didn't wander into this tunnel aimlessly.
I have sovereignly led you here.
And I will lead you out.
My unfailing love is walking with you--
for a greater power than you had before.
That My glory be released in a greater way.
Trust Me.

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