Where are you?
Since returning home from our amazing 10 week road trip I have found myself in a valley. I kept asking myself what is wrong with me; I feel so listless and directionless. The Holy Spirit has revealed to me that I had a bit of a mountain top experience and now I am walking through the valley. At first I resisted and kept thinking, “get me out of here”! I want to go back to the top of the mountain.
Where is the valley? The valley is a low place; a valley is a valley because it is surrounded by something higher like mountains. As I have been thinking about this it makes perfect sense. On the road I knew where I was going; I could see the next destination and knew what to expect. Now that I have come down from the mountain I can’t see past what is on the other side. I can not see where I am going with Nourishments. What does the Lord want me to do next? How do I do it? What does it look like? I can’t see the next move.
The “what ifs” of moving forward with Nourishments are overwhelming and leave many unanswered questions, so many “what ifs” can easily lead to frustration and discouragement. What should we do when we find ourselves in a spiritual valley of unanswered questions? I love Charles Spurgeon, he said if we want to move out of a place of depression and discouragement we need to plant seeds of praise deep within our souls. If we want to move our spirits to the joy the Lord speaks of we need to plant seeds of thanksgiving within our souls. So… I have stopped frantically asking what the next move is and have just started praising my Lord and Savior. He is praise worthy and it is good for my soul to praise Him with my mouth. When was the last time you simply praised Him?
From Names of God- Nourishments: Will you praise Him and thank Him with me?
I praise You, Jehovah Raah- The Lord My Shepherd ~ Thank You for caring for me personally and for being my constant Shepherd, guiding me and providing for me.
I praise You, Jehovah Sabaoth- The Lord of Hosts~ Thank You for protecting me and fighting for me. With You as my constant Advocate, I do not need to worry about security, safety or the results.
I praise You, Jehovah Shalom- The Lord is Peace ~ Thank You that no matter what storms or valleys I face in life, You bring calm and wholeness when I turn to You.
I praise You, Jehovah Rapha- The Lord Who Heals~ Thank You that Your plans for me always include restoration, wholeness and healing.
I praise You, Jehovah Shammah- The Lord is There~ Thank You for Your faithfulness that is new every morning. Thank You for never abandoning me and for always “being there” for me.
I praise You, Jehovah Jireh- The Lord Will Provide~ Thank You for always providing my every need and for the many blessings I have in this life. Everything I am and everything I have is because of Your generosity.
I praise You Jehovah Nissi- The Lord My Banner~ Thank You for being my banner of victory; with You I will always be victorious.
One of my life verses is Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. But most recently Abba has been whispering in my heart verse 29; I have allowed this hurdle, heart ache, frustration, problem and difficulty in your life to conform you more into my image.
Check out the Message translation for Romans 8:29: God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
Let’s not stand in the way of allowing Him to complete what He has begun in our lives! I am going to press on praising Him and thanking Him along the path no matter where it leads me. Will you grab His Hand and join me for the journey until we reach our real eternal home with Him?