From the Pulpit & Into the Garden: "Grow Where You are Planted – Scatter Seeds of Inspiration!"

Beware of Darkness

“Speak to my children and tell them to move forward.”

In her book “The Wisdom of Florence S. Shinn” the author uses the backdrop of the Crossing of the Red Sea; describing how the locusts of doubt and fear can dog you at every turn.

When God’s children were crying out, he told Moses, “I have come to deliver them out of darkness and into a land flowing with milk and honey.”

We have a tendency to look at the road block in front of us, instead of finding an alternative route. This is an easy trap to fall into when life unexpectedly takes a swipe at us. It is not always easy to see the forest through the trees.

When meeting challenges in life or ministry there is always a wilderness to pass through before one reaches her/his Promised Land; not everyone gets it or understands.

Recently, when dealing with a difficult situation and under extreme pressure due to time constraints, I needed help. I searched the internet and found two companies that could assist with what I needed to be done.

The first person I spoke with couldn’t help. I didn’t give up. I dialed the 2nd number and the person on the other end had a cancellation and would help us to lighten the load; a window opened.

Shinn writes, “Each one of you has a Promised Land, a heart’s desire; but you have been so enslaved by your negative thoughts, it seems very far away and too good to be true. You consider trusting God a very risky proposition.”

God always steps in on the 11th hour whether we are aware of it or not.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve plodded along wondering which way to turn and then heard these inspiring words, “Don’t look back, look up and see all the greatness I have in store for you” encouraging me to chart a new course.”*  

“My Light is like a sword. I will come to clear the fields of darkness. The fruit (Spirit and Truth) that is ripe will already be harvested and that which is rotten will wither away and die.”

*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 81

“You are my rock and my fortress.”

From the beginning of the new season up to this moment, a pattern of growth has been emerging in the midst of darkness.

During prayer, I received a vision of a sprout pushing up through the earth; reflecting God’s strength in times of need, even when life happens or we miss a step or two.

There is strength in the divine that we cannot see. When the tide of life pushes against us and the rain comes down, the little stalk may appear to look as though it won’t survive the battle, “Don’t let anyone intimidate you.”

“Not a single sparrow falls to the ground without God’s knowledge.”

We can take comfort that this is a temporary situation that will not last the rest of our lifetime, “What I tell you in darkness, speak it in the Light.”

The sun will come out from behind the clouds and the ground will dry a bit, “Nothing is hidden that will not be made known.”

During this transformation that cannot be seen on the outside; the little sprout emerges into a plant. It will once again reach up to its source, as a child would reach out looking to hold the hand of a loving being, “All that springs to life, your peace presence brings.”*

“God your Light is greater than the brightest star. Your Spirit awakens all things.”*

 

*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 77

“Before you call, I answer.”

How can one attain peace when life is in turmoil?

What about the negative thoughts keep circling around or confusion that knocks one off her/his path? In bewilderment, our vision becomes distorted; we don’t have the whole picture; what if?

We feel trapped, as though we have to go to battle for someone or something. Whose battle is it? Is the battle ours to fight? No.

“Rest in the Lord. Do not fret.”

Learning to get out of God’s way can be a challenge, but not impossible.

 “The government rests upon God’s shoulders.”

Take action instead of reacting by moving out of the driver’s seat.

We may receive a word from a friend or an inspiration from the Spirit nudging us to follow a different course; opening the door to peace and hope.

Letting go and believing God works in mysterious ways and unexpected places, with wonders; will allow one to maintain a balance when the unexpected comes knocking.

 “When you are in trouble, I will be with you!”

God’s Wisdom

“God’s wisdom and radiance will never cease to be.” (Wis.)

That which you seek is God.

Following through means walking all the way to the place where God wants you to reside and be, “inside of thee.” Climb every mountain and ride every wave.

I know your struggles. It does not interfere with my ability to love, direct or show you the way. There is no time to fret or fray. I have your back.

“Come now, the door is open. This is your new beginning, love it!”


“At night, my soul longs for you. I watch for you at daybreak.”

The “Inner Ticker of Life” stirs within the depths of our being, waking us in our oneness and being with God.

In Psalm 139, we are reminded God is everywhere and never stops abandons us, “You are the God of the early morning, the God of the late nights, the God of the mountain peaks and the God of the sea.”

The Love of God tugs at one’s soul reaching “horizons further away from the early mornings; deeper darkness than the nights of earth, higher peaks than any mountain peaks and greater depths than any sea in nature.”

 “My Spirit within earnestly seeks you!”

A Sweet Voice

O god, who has power over all, listen to the voice of the desperate, and deliver us.” (Est. 4)

“Never heed the voices of the world – only the tender Divine Voice.

Listen and you will never be disappointed; anxious thoughts and tired nerves will become rested. The Voice Divine; not so much in strength as in tenderness and not so much in power as in restfulness.

‘Cast all your cares upon him; for he cares for you.’ ( 1 Pt)

Tenderness and restfulness will heal your scars and make you strong and then it must be your task to let all your power be My Power! 

You are My great care; never feel at the mercy of the world. 

My angels guard you day and night and nothing can harm you.”*

“Very quietly I speak, listen for My Voice!”

 

*God Calling

“Holy Spirit, Open My Mind…”

The same Spirit that blew across the waters at the beginning of it all, is the same Spirit that visited the friends and followers of Christ.

Jesus said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you!” But, what happens, when a different type of life wind blows through the door; the circumstances beyond our control? What about the wind that knocks us off our feet; the day the umbrella breaks and the wind and rain are relentless? Where do we go from here?

“Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life, but the drudgery of it that makes me think God will forsake me.” Do I hear God’s assurance in times when the whirlwinds of life blow?

“The faith of many people begins to falter when apprehensions enter their thinking and they forget the meaning of God’s assurance; they forget to take a deep spiritual breath.”**

Is God preparing or equipping us for some exceptional thing or work in the future? No. It’s about being, right now; in the moment.

We get up, close the umbrella and look to the Shekinah Spirit to offer a gentle breeze of comfort, as we enter into a new level of understanding.

 “…Illuminate My Heart!”*

*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life
**My Utmost for His Highest

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