21 Weeks Past the Cross (Turbulent)

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21 Weeks Past the Cross (Turbulent)
BY: TCLeach at http://throughanewlens.blogspot.com

For me to learn something, the lesson has to come with a practical application that I can relate to through the filter my own life-experience. Recently, I subscribed to a science site that takes big scientific concepts and breaks them down in a way that makes the information easy for me to digest. This week I read an article about turbulence on airplanes. I have a natural aversion to the whole concept of me flying through the atmosphere in a little metal box. I thought perhaps the science behind turbulence   might ease my mind. After all, I have a great friend in Hawaii I’d love to meet! The article compared windstreams in the air to the currents in waters. That made so much sense to me! The ocean can appear calm on the surface, while just underneath rip-currents are churning. We can look at turbulence in the sky, the article continued, like riding out waves. This made so much sense to me! I could relate to the lesson because it used something I adore, water, to teach me. Incidentally, the article eased my fear, but it didn’t address the metal box issue, so I still think I’ll have to take a cruise-ship to Hawaii! But I loved the lesson!

There’s another place I often encounter “turbulent waters”. Life. How about you? Just under the surface, something is churning! It’s best we grasp that concept before the turbulence breaks surface. If we’re anchored, buckled in, the turbulence won’t be able to knock us around. We will still feel it, but we will be confident in our security, and ride it out. It is our fear of the turbulence, itself, that can keep us from moving forward on the Path God set before us. We tell ourselves our decision is keeping us safe, a good thing, to be sure! But we are deceiving ourselves. Turbulence is everywhere! The sky and the sea give us the illustration. This is flow of God’s creation. Smoothness and Turbulence. Peace and chaos. Instead of immobilizing ourselves by our own fear, or worse yet, busying ourselves to numb that fear, perhaps we would be wise to take a look at it. Our fears have by filtered through our experiences. They sit inside of our heart and fester, casting shadows on what we know to be true. Let’s expose them, and put them in proper perspective! What are your three biggest fears? When I asked that question to the various people in my “circle” I was surprised to see how many people had the same three! Are they on your list?

The fear of losing a loved one: That’s quite a list topper, isn’t it? How many hours, do you suppose, we have spent worrying and fretting on this subject? The sting we feel when a coffin is lowered into the ground is brutal and life-long. Not one of us wants to ever have to go through that turbulence, but unless God hastens the reign of His Anointed One, we will continue attending funerals. How, then, do we keep this fear in proper proportion to living our lives?

Without question, we were created for relationship. First with our Creator, and then with other humans. The capacity to love is such a gift! That is what we should be focusing on. We must understand that only God holds the number of days for those we love. We can trust Him with the number, even when we do not understand why some people have big numbers and some, small. He has a plan, may it come to pass. If our fear of losing a loved one is consuming us, it is out of proportion! We can consider this fear a red flag! This fear is an indication that we raising a person to the level of “idol” in our lives. Repent! We can replace this fear with a genuine celebration each day that we have that person to love. We can know that we aren’t cursed by standing at an open grave, but blessed to have had that person to love for however many days we had to love them!

The Fear of Being Alone:  If you are laying awake worrying that one day you will be alone, or if you are lonely now, and afraid that you will never again connect with someone, take heart! As we have discussed, we are created for relationship. God has not forgotten you! Since we know there is a season for everything, we can know that we will experience this “aloneness” and that its duration will be a season. How can we best utilize this season, to not be able to call any chunk of precious time in our lives wasted?

When we are doing our best to walk the Path God has for us, we can know this alone time has come from Him. We must seek His plan and purpose for it. He may want us to immerse in studies so our  knowledge and understanding can grow. He may just want us to Himself for a season, so that we will experience His Love, Mercy and Grace. He may be prompting us  to prepare ourselves for the next relationship He will be sending. He may be urging us to re-evaluate the relationships we have slipped out of, so that we can objectively look at our own role in them.  This fear is a warning that we may be putting our own desires above the will of God for our lives, summarized in the Scripture that says, “Here is the conclusion of the matter, fear God and keep His Commands, this is your purpose.”  Repent! We must decide that we will stand for God, surrounded by others or alone, joyfully. We are never alone, anyways…He is with us!

The Fear of Not Living Even While Alive: this is another fear that seems to come with being an imperfect human who loves a Perfect God. Perhaps you may have worded it differently, but we all wonder,  under the surface, if we are sailing in the right direction! It’s easy to cower from this fear because somewhere along the line, society has taught us that we aren’t doing enough. That we don’t have enough. That we aren’t complete without their product, theory or agenda. We keep thinking that we are missing the Big Assignment God has for us in our lives! We run around in circles trying to catch what His plan is for us, but always seem to end up catching our own tail, instead! How can we catch what we’re chasing, and set this fear behind us?

God’s Big Thing will come to pass in our lives if He has a specific use for us. Don’t worry, He will bring it in a an undeniable way (think Moses)! We don’t have to chase it. Go ahead, breath a big sigh! The true Big Thing He has for us are are the Little Things! They are the things we do day by day without giving up. They are counted in our outward manifestations of love, our acts of kindness and our steps of obedience to Him. Even the way in which we will handle turbulence is looked upon by God as a Big Thing!

Once we have named our fears before God and faced them, they will be sized to their correct proportion. We face them by addressing them, and replacing them with a plan based in Scriptures. The three topics we covered today might look like this after we address them:

1) I will not miss out on the joy of love by fearing to loose it. While I do not relish the thought of anyone I love dying or leaving me, I am not consumed by worrying regarding it.  When (not if) I loose a loved one, I will grieve in healthy ways, be thankful for the time I had to love them, and then move on. When others see me, it won’t be my grief that they remember, but my joyful memories of the loved one no longer by my side.

2) I will not miss the opportunity to experience healthy “aloneness” by busying myself to avoid it, or by surrounding myself with the wrong people. Being lonely hurts sometimes, but I am learning how to find purpose when I am in a season of aloneness! I trust that God has a plan, and being alone leaves me in the perfect position to lean in to Him and learn it! He is faithful, and knows my heart’s desire. If He is keeping me from that desire for a season, He has a reason. I will use my seasons of aloneness to become more acquainted with my Creator. Above all, I will remember that it is a season.

3) I will not miss out on the seemingly mundane moments, for they might contain my very purpose! While some people serve with their name in lights and others serve by changing the world, I best serve when I am engaged in my own world. Wherever I am and whatever is set before me (even a sink full of dirty dishes) is part of the purpose God has for my life. The days of calling these things the “small things” are over! God uses every thing, without regard to the value we have placed on these things. Each one has the potential to be big when on that “One Day” I will see the whole picture of my life.

Instead of being crippled by these fears, we will learn to stand securely. Giving these things thought now gives us the opportunity to stand securely through the turbulence we know we’ll eventually experience as we sail (or fly) through this life. Fear is a tool for us, a good thing. It keeps us from petting a grizzly bear or making our bed in a campfire. Like pain, fear is a warning, a red flag. And like any other emotion we encounter, fear is something under our own authority. Don’t let fear control you, make sure that you are controlling it! When we keep our human components in their proper proportion,  we give God more access and influence to our most inward selves!

“See” you next week. Until then, know that you are in my prayers! Shalom🇮🇱


 

For me to learn something, the lesson has to come with a practical application that I can relate to through the filter my own life-experience. Recently, I subscribed to a science site that takes big scientific concepts and breaks them down in a way that makes the information easy for me to digest. This week I read an article about turbulence on airplanes. I have a natural aversion to the whole concept of me flying through the atmosphere in a little metal box. I thought perhaps the science behind turbulence   might ease my mind. After all, I have a great friend in Hawaii I’d love to meet! The article compared windstreams in the air to the currents in waters. That made so much sense to me! The ocean can appear calm on the surface, while just underneath rip-currents are churning. We can look at turbulence in the sky, the article continued, like riding out waves. This made so much sense to me! I could relate to the lesson because it used something I adore, water, to teach me. Incidentally, the article eased my fear, but it didn’t address the metal box issue, so I still think I’ll have to take a cruise-ship to Hawaii! But I loved the lesson!

There’s another place I often encounter “turbulent waters”. Life. How about you? Just under the surface, something is churning! It’s best we grasp that concept before the turbulence breaks surface. If we’re anchored, buckled in, the turbulence won’t be able to knock us around. We will still feel it, but we will be confident in our security, and ride it out. It is our fear of the turbulence, itself, that can keep us from moving forward on the Path God set before us. We tell ourselves our decision is keeping us safe, a good thing, to be sure! But we are deceiving ourselves. Turbulence is everywhere! The sky and the sea give us the illustration. This is flow of God’s creation. Smoothness and Turbulence. Peace and chaos. Instead of immobilizing ourselves by our own fear, or worse yet, busying ourselves to numb that fear, perhaps we would be wise to take a look at it. Our fears have by filtered through our experiences. They sit inside of our heart and fester, casting shadows on what we know to be true. Let’s expose them, and put them in proper perspective! What are your three biggest fears? When I asked that question to the various people in my “circle” I was surprised to see how many people had the same three! Are they on your list?

The fear of losing a loved one: That’s quite a list topper, isn’t it? How many hours, do you suppose, we have spent worrying and fretting on this subject? The sting we feel when a coffin is lowered into the ground is brutal and life-long. Not one of us wants to ever have to go through that turbulence, but unless God hastens the reign of His Anointed One, we will continue attending funerals. How, then, do we keep this fear in proper proportion to living our lives?

Without question, we were created for relationship. First with our Creator, and then with other humans. The capacity to love is such a gift! That is what we should be focusing on. We must understand that only God holds the number of days for those we love. We can trust Him with the number, even when we do not understand why some people have big numbers and some, small. He has a plan, may it come to pass. If our fear of losing a loved one is consuming us, it is out of proportion! We can consider this fear a red flag! This fear is an indication that we raising a person to the level of “idol” in our lives. Repent! We can replace this fear with a genuine celebration each day that we have that person to love. We can know that we aren’t cursed by standing at an open grave, but blessed to have had that person to love for however many days we had to love them!

The Fear of Being Alone:  If you are laying awake worrying that one day you will be alone, or if you are lonely now, and afraid that you will never again connect with someone, take heart! As we have discussed, we are created for relationship. God has not forgotten you! Since we know there is a season for everything, we can know that we will experience this “aloneness” and that its duration will be a season. How can we best utilize this season, to not be able to call any chunk of precious time in our lives wasted?

When we are doing our best to walk the Path God has for us, we can know this alone time has come from Him. We must seek His plan and purpose for it. He may want us to immerse in studies so our  knowledge and understanding can grow. He may just want us to Himself for a season, so that we will experience His Love, Mercy and Grace. He may be prompting us  to prepare ourselves for the next relationship He will be sending. He may be urging us to re-evaluate the relationships we have slipped out of, so that we can objectively look at our own role in them.  This fear is a warning that we may be putting our own desires above the will of God for our lives, summarized in the Scripture that says, “Here is the conclusion of the matter, fear God and keep His Commands, this is your purpose.”  Repent! We must decide that we will stand for God, surrounded by others or alone, joyfully. We are never alone, anyways…He is with us!

The Fear of Not Living Even While Alive: this is another fear that seems to come with being an imperfect human who loves a Perfect God. Perhaps you may have worded it differently, but we all wonder,  under the surface, if we are sailing in the right direction! It’s easy to cower from this fear because somewhere along the line, society has taught us that we aren’t doing enough. That we don’t have enough. That we aren’t complete without their product, theory or agenda. We keep thinking that we are missing the Big Assignment God has for us in our lives! We run around in circles trying to catch what His plan is for us, but always seem to end up catching our own tail, instead! How can we catch what we’re chasing, and set this fear behind us?

God’s Big Thing will come to pass in our lives if He has a specific use for us. Don’t worry, He will bring it in a an undeniable way (think Moses)! We don’t have to chase it. Go ahead, breath a big sigh! The true Big Thing He has for us are are the Little Things! They are the things we do day by day without giving up. They are counted in our outward manifestations of love, our acts of kindness and our steps of obedience to Him. Even the way in which we will handle turbulence is looked upon by God as a Big Thing!

Once we have named our fears before God and faced them, they will be sized to their correct proportion. We face them by addressing them, and replacing them with a plan based in Scriptures. The three topics we covered today might look like this after we address them:

1) I will not miss out on the joy of love by fearing to loose it. While I do not relish the thought of anyone I love dying or leaving me, I am not consumed by worrying regarding it.  When (not if) I loose a loved one, I will grieve in healthy ways, be thankful for the time I had to love them, and then move on. When others see me, it won’t be my grief that they remember, but my joyful memories of the loved one no longer by my side.

2) I will not miss the opportunity to experience healthy “aloneness” by busying myself to avoid it, or by surrounding myself with the wrong people. Being lonely hurts sometimes, but I am learning how to find purpose when I am in a season of aloneness! I trust that God has a plan, and being alone leaves me in the perfect position to lean in to Him and learn it! He is faithful, and knows my heart’s desire. If He is keeping me from that desire for a season, He has a reason. I will use my seasons of aloneness to become more acquainted with my Creator. Above all, I will remember that it is a season.

3) I will not miss out on the seemingly mundane moments, for they might contain my very purpose! While some people serve with their name in lights and others serve by changing the world, I best serve when I am engaged in my own world. Wherever I am and whatever is set before me (even a sink full of dirty dishes) is part of the purpose God has for my life. The days of calling these things the “small things” are over! God uses every thing, without regard to the value we have placed on these things. Each one has the potential to be big when on that “One Day” I will see the whole picture of my life.

Instead of being crippled by these fears, we will learn to stand securely. Giving these things thought now gives us the opportunity to stand securely through the turbulence we know we’ll eventually experience as we sail (or fly) through this life. Fear is a tool for us, a good thing. It keeps us from petting a grizzly bear or making our bed in a campfire. Like pain, fear is a warning, a red flag. And like any other emotion we encounter, fear is something under our own authority. Don’t let fear control you, make sure that you are controlling it! When we keep our human components in their proper proportion,  we give God more access and influence to our most inward selves!

“See” you next week. Until then, know that you are in my prayers! Shalom 🇮🇱

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