yes LORD. yES LORD, OK this time for real YES LORD
A season of purging
You can look at your friends going through hard times and sometimes all they are experiencing is a very necessary season of purging. It may feel to them like death, but from God’s perspective, their cracked cisterns need to be emptied if they’re ever to be patched.
We need to be careful when God allows us to feel the natural consequences of our excess, to not miss the big picture of what he’s doing. John 15 describes God as a gardener lovingly pruning us so we can bear more fruit. The slice of the pruning shears inflicts temporary pain to bring us to a better place. It may come in the form of someone sharing a harsh truth or in finding that an expectation we held dear is no longer valid. Whatever it is that God is asking you to go through, the only way to get to the other side as quickly as possible is to say “yes” and give him what he wants.
Once again you speak truth, Seth. Frankly, I am a bit weary of the “doom and gloom” coming from the airwaves, newspapers and some people around me regarding how much of a crisis America finds itself in. If only these same folks could (at least) read what is really happening around the world and not just in our retirement accounts and at the gas pumps! Your perspective is refreshing…more need to hear it.
Purge me Lord!
Seth thank you for the analogy of fasting. It gives me great hope because though fasting is painfull at first after a few days I am always full of energy and so alive! Have a safe trip home and thank you for your blogs. They are like daily bread to me.
Life has many seasons…each one unique in its own way, each one has an affect on our lives. Such as with the current purging going on in the world. It reminds me of my visit to Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany. When the war was over, the citizens of Weimar were made to visit the camp by the Allied soldiers. A film showing the expressions on the German citizens had a great impact on my life…I love the German people, who still purge themselves for the atrocities of the Holocaust. The Lord has spoken through me to the German peoples of how he has forgiven them and loves them. We cannot live in a perpetual state of purging, it is not healthy. The good thing about purging is that when it is over, we are much healthier, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual.
Sounds so simple to read it on here, but sometimes it is really tough working out what God IS actually saying in all the chaos and what you need to do to say yes. Am I willing? Yes……at least I think so and I hope so! But do I understand? Absolutely not! And is it driving me crazy? You bet it is!
Right now I can see what I’m walking through – it’s glaringly obvious and it’s not fun at all – and I know for sure that it is God’s hand behind it, but I have no idea what He’s wanting at all. And don’t say just ask Him!!!!! I have!!!! Right now I want to do a Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and click my little red shoes, whizz a year into the future and gain myself that incredibly useful thing called retrospect!
I’m not daft. I know when I don’t get something it is either because I have not listened well or I haven’t yet understood something. If there’s wrong in there, it’s always me not God. Sometimes things don’t become clear till later, sometimes the answer is wait and I’ll show you in time. Excuse me while I just scream……thanks that feels ever so slightly better!
Think I’ll go and see if I have any red shoes or small dogs called Toto in the wardrobe…………
true story. love you guys, ready for you to come home!
“Whatever it is that God is asking you to go through, the only way to get to the other side as quickly as possible is to say “yes” and give him what he wants.”
The sweet aroma of fragrance coming from an Orchid is only smelt when it has been crushed ….
“…their cracked cisterns need to be emptied if they’re ever to be patched.”