Friday, December 20, 2013

He is at Work

Trust the darkness, the tension
and even the pain.
For I am at work in the midst.

I was asking the Lord for His help
 to stand in the midst of some sorrow.
He graciously gave me 
these words of hope.

Sorrow always involves death.
Death of a loved one, a relationship,
a career, a dream, a picture of how
we always thought something would be.
There is some death that we will never
make sense of this side of heaven.
This is not about the tragedies
and abuses that rock our world.
This is about those times when 
God makes it clear that there is a 
death process that we must walk through.

When we face a season defined by
tearing down and letting die,
we will never get to the building up
if we don't first accept the tearing down.
The sorrow comes because something
is being torn down that we don't
necessarily want to die.
It is usually not something we choose.

We just know that God is in the midst.
The challenge comes in trusting that 
the tearing down will ultimately be good.
We know what the old has looked like.
But we can't keeping looking back.
We have to turn our gaze toward Him,
understanding that the Holy Spirit 
wants to lead us to places 
we are not familiar with.
If we do not walk towards His voice,
we may just rebuild that which 
He is tearing down.

Regardless of the reason for tearing down,
we are never alone in the process.
We stand on the truth that guarantees
He will never leave us nor forsake us.
During this season, 
it's not enough to stand on truth.
We now need to walk in it until
we really see Him walking with us,
 guiding us, leading us. 
Until we are not the same as we began.
Until we are more like Him.
Because that is what this is all about.

Tear down seasons are pioneering seasons.
We stand on the narrow road,
eyes fixed, co-laboring with Him.
With our affections turned toward Him,
we know He once again is working
all things together for good.
Behold, I am doing a new thing.
He is indeed at work in our midst.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life 
and patience for the small ones; 
and when you have laboriously
accomplished your daily task,
go to sleep in peace.
God is awake.
Victor Hugo


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