Thoughts on life and writing from Morgan J. Blake

Saturday, July 16, 2005

PROMISED LAND

Well, it's been a rather rough year so far. Just seems like a lot of little things have been happening to throw me off track -- a lot of busy-ness, a lot of craziness, some of it bad (some pretty big things), a lot of it good (smaller areas). But because my little "schedule" has been shoved to the side for all of the stuff going on, it has felt like my life is out of control. And I don't like that feeling.

But through all of this, I feel as though God has told me there is a purpose for it all. At times, I can focus on that and be content. Other times, I resist it. As one friend said, I chafe against the circumstances. However, I do believe that I got a real clear picture of why all of this has been going on.

Have you ever felt like you're on the verge of a major breakthrough in some area of your life? That is where I am. I feel that a lot of areas of my life have been in limbo for a long while now -- years, actually. I haven't liked where I am, but haven't known how to move beyond the circumstances. But in the last week, two things happened to clue me in to the fact that I'm on the right path.

First, my dear mom let me borrow an audio tape of a sermon. In the tape, it dealt with becoming more Christ-like. The speaker said that in order to be transformed to Christ's image, we must go through a fair amount of "stuff" -- trials. It is through suffering that the impurities are refined out of us, so that we become more like the perfect model. I began to think about the various things that have gone on in the last several months, and I could see that God's hand was in it all. To use a cliche, change is in the wind, and it seems that I am the one getting blown on a lot lately.

The second thing came about during church this past Sunday. It was as if the pastor was speaking directly to me, as if I were the only one there. His message was on how Joshua was named the successor to Moses, and upon Moses' death, he led the Isrealites into the Promised Land. After forty years of wandering in the desert, the new generation was finally ready to move into the land they were promised, but it didn't come without some difficulty.

The whole point of the message was that God is raising up a "Joshua" generation now -- one who is set to take this world by storm for God. But if we are going to be a part of the Joshua generation, we had better expect some adversity mixed in with our promises. It won't just be handed to us without some difficulty -- but if we keep our eyes on the Lord, put our trust in Him, in all things He will lead us on to the promise!

It was exactly the spiritual check I needed. Rather than focusing on the fact that things may not SEEM to be going right, I want to focus on the fact that the adversity and difficult times mean that I am on the cusp of something wonderful. Yes, I might have to fight for it with everything in me, and it may be a rough, dirty job for a while. But when the battle is over, I'll be the victor because I held on to God and He carried me through.

Hallelujah! I'm moving on to the Promised Land!

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