I will not dish on the details of all the hell I have walked around in the month of October. Over coffee, call me maybe. Amazingly enough, and with God’s grace, I made it here to November with my nerves in tact. All the while, as hard as some things were to deal with, God countered my issues with His goodness and opportunities so great that I know God was saying, “I AM with you”. People that listen to our new music will have no idea that while I was standing in a recording studio, I was also going putting out fires the enemy started in my camp. The one moment I wanted to be happy about came with a side of poo. I can promise you my skin is so thick these days. I can say poo, and I can navigate through a field of it on my way to my assignment!
One thing that I have learned over and over is that the timing of God’s plans being fulfilled often comes with “a shaking”. My difficulty at times is discerning whether God is shaking the rug clean before I enter into the new thing, or if the enemy is just mad and kicking up the dust.
The still small voice of God reminds me that He is preparing us for GREATER things that we cannot see when these “dust storms” have us disoriented. The enemy loves smoke screens. If he can get you interested in his attractions, it’s his way of getting your eyes off the prize. He wants your focus.
When the dust settles, you will realize that the shaking has removed what cannot go with you into the next season.
If the size of problems could be viewed as an indication of the size of the promise, we could get psyched up on anticipation. Anticipation can propel us through the grind.
Matthew 10:22 says the he who endures til the end will be saved. This is directed to believers! Meaning, enduring is a part of the process! Enduring means s u f f e r i n g. EEEKKKK!
I can honestly say, every drastic change God has brought in my life has come with some suffering.
…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
The enemy wants to silence your laughter. He wants you to veer off into isolation so he can be the only voice you hear. A voice of doubt and confusion.
If I could help you with what I have learned, I would say listen past the noise. Look past the haze of dust. Having an awareness of God’s presence disarms fear. Let suffering bring an awareness that God is on the scene transforming you.