Tuesday, January 11, 2011

God's Calling to Come Apart

by Donna L. Watkins
© 2010 - Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly - Ellel Ministries, Lithia, FL
Have you been hearing this call as you spend time with the Lord? Maybe you don't spend time with the Lord and you've heard Him calling as you sit in traffic, or take a shower, or while you're falling off to sleep after another hectic, busy and doing-filled day. Maybe you're not hearing God at all any more and feel like He has abandoned you. God never abandons us ... we are the ones that walk off the path to follow our own ways.

Jesus said if we love Him, we will obey Him. Do you read the Word daily to know what you are to obey? To know what it means to love Him? We get instant access to so much information it may seem archaic to spend so much time in the same book, but this book is our Instruction Book of Life. Would you attempt to run an intricate complex machine without consulting the manual?

We hit the ground running with enough pride to believe we can figure it out as we run the rat race. Is it no wonder we have one catastrophe after another? Where do you find true peace and joy outside of a relationship with your Creator?

I always said I was born to be a doer, but health issues took a lot of doing out of reach years ago and I was forced to find that God was enough ... or not. I found it was my choice. He is always there for us ... but are we there with Him? He has a still small voice and won't run the rat race with us. He desires to be the most important thing in our life. He desires to provide you with the promises of the Bible, but you can't leave out the qualifications for those promises by quoting the promise without the prerequisite to appropriate it.

God is a holy and just God and He is GOD! The God that made this entire world! We treat Him so lightly and so arrogantly, as if He is to bow to every wish and prayer we have.

©2010 Donna L. Watkins - Great-crested Flycatcher
Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, SC
Oh, how He must grieve for our true love for Him. God always longs for us to be with Him. He made man for relationship and gardens for fellowship with Him. How long has it been since you've walked in the woods, a garden or park and noticed hundreds of things He created just for your pure enjoyment and to show His love for you?

I am grateful that God didn't give up on me and I'm grateful for health problems that allowed me to stop and take more time for what my heart and spirit longed for ... the abiding presence of my Lord. Sometimes our childhoods create within us a need to perform and show how "good" we are because when we grew up somebody continually told us how "bad" we were.

When I look back at my harried and hurried days, I wish I could go back and slow down the tape so that I could really be "there" for my child and even for my grandparents who raised me. I did a lot for them, but I wonder if they cared as much about that as my just being there without doing anything. Life has become a super highway without a speed limit and vanishing rewards for passing as many others on the highway as you can. Worthless rewards of stuff that is dumped in the landfill before it even begins to decays or of titles and positions that mean nothing to your children. What lasting rewards do you get for staying on the fast track?

In the Fall of 2009 I began to hear God loud and clear to come apart. I didn't know what that meant. I was already spending time with Him daily and often more than once a day. I felt I was interested in spiritual things. I kept my spirits high regardless of the fact that Rheumatoid Arthritis was eating up my joints more than one at a time. I had faith for healing and was well acquainted with Scripture memorization and Biblical principles. What was God talking about?

If we come, He will build it. Before the end of 2009, my husband and I both decided there must be something more than just being "spiritual" and made a commitment to set apart more hours in a day for what we verbally considered the most important relationship in our life. What a journey it's been and certainly will be until we get to the Gates of Heaven. There are not words to describe. Since I'm a writer, so often during this season I would ponder how I would put into words what God can do when we give up our lives and follow Him, but there hasn't been a way to describe it.

Jesus is still calling, "Follow Me," and I believe His voice will get louder because He wants a spotless Bride. I don't want to be one of the bridesmaids that didn't bring enough oil and missed the entrance to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. What we become while we're on earth will be what we are for eternity.

When we leave here, our earthly body and mind remains. All we take with us is our spirit at whatever level we've developed it. We weren't put on earth to party and work and accumulate stuff. Hit the exit door to the world of more stuff and tasks and enter in, to a world within our world ... the Kingdom of God.

Wade Taylor's article on this topic is an urgent call to step back and come apart while He is still calling in this present age. The world is going crazy in many ways. The only stability and security we have is to rest in the arms of Jesus. Doesn't your heart long for this? Come apart mentally for a few minutes and read Wade's article: A Call to Come Apart.

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Our Personal Coming Apart

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