Living Loving: The Lord, The Lost, The Lame, The Lonely
In early-mid March, 2017 my husband, David and I came down with flu-like symptoms that had become what seemed an epidemic in our neck of the Mississippi woods. It infected the upper respiratory system and sinus hitting us both hard. I ended up with pneumonia and a partial collapsed spot in my lower left lung. I was home pretty much quarantined for 2 ½ weeks except to go out to the Doctor and hospital for treatment, a couple of X-rays and checkups. With the constant coughing, congestion and running fever, I had zero energy. I felt really weak and out of breath, not to mention pain in my lower left lung. All of this was very uncommon for my usual press-through-it, I-can –take- it, nothing-gets-me-down self. Well, this little bugger was different, not necessarily the infection, but how my body seemed to be reacting to it. I was at total inner peace but my physical man was a mess. I knew in my spirit that a war was raging against me. I knew my body was under attack by an enemy more powerful than a viral infection, but the enemy forgot that Greater is He in me, than he who is in the world. I stood my ground and acted in my authority as a Child of God to put the enemy attack under me! I called in warrior prayer partners for reinforcement and together we rendered the enemy useless to stand in the way of my heavenly assignment. Whatever God’s good purpose was for allowing this illness at such a time as this, THAT is what I was going to focus on.
1 John 4:4 “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
As I prayed for guidance, the Holy Spirit told me to retreat to my home, not a hospital, to be very still and quiet and to pray and seek God’s Face. I was to rest in the Lord in order to heal and He would fight and win this battle for me. Hallelujah! Somebody shout GREATER!
Luke 20:42-43 “For David himself says in the book of Psalms. The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My Right Hand, until I make your enemies a Footstool for your feet.”
I had been advised by my Doctor to take this lung issue very seriously. We would try treating it from home while monitoring my progress closely. I was directed by my husband, and it seemed like all other family and friends, to use this time to get some much needed rest. I am greatly blessed to have family and friends who study and understand the benefits, healing properties and compounding technique of natural healing oils, fermentation and probiotics and they all came to my rescue. They fixed me up with natural antibiotics, a natural vapor rub and oils to combat all that ailed my body since the two rounds of Pharmaceutical antibiotics and prescription decongestant had not knocked it out. I was set up for full recovery with a human physician and The Great Physician, not to mention that I and my house smelled wonderful from the natural oils, rubs, & vapor. With all the frankincense I was smelling, I couldn’t help but be reminded that while others saw this as a consuming fire, God’s glory cloud was hovering over me in the midst of it and He continually reminded me of His anointing on my life. This was a time for me to climb the mountain to go up into His Glory Cloud to meet with Him there.
Exodus 24:15-18 “Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the clod covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day he called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top. Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
If I though Pneumonia was bad, just think of the tough terrain that Moses had to transverse to go up high on Mount Sinai. He, like me, was trusting God not to devour Him in the consuming fire that others saw from their position at the base of the mountain. And God was true to His Word. Those who seek Him with all their heart will find Him; God descended to the mountain peak. For six full days both God and Moses maintained their positions of wait; Moses standing firm in faith that His God would speak to Him, without fear of what might happen to him in this quest, without concern of what his conditions were, Moses was expecting, desiring, poised to get even closer. And then it suddenly happened; on the seventh day, God spoke to Moses . . . just as He spoke with me and desires to speak with you too. Just think of all that we miss out on when we are too intimidated to go deeper with God, scared to get closer to Him. I can only imagine what all I have missed in my lifetime in all the years of my lack of knowledge that He wanted to speak to me, in all my years of disobedience and lack of desire to know Him more, and by not putting time with Him as my first priority.
David and I lead a full life of family and ministry. We are involved in serving and in fellowship with many bodies of believers in addition to our own Grace House Ministries so our schedules stay pretty busy. Sadly one thing that many of us in full-time ministry get caught up in is the doing for the Lord and sometimes we forget the importance of making time to rest in the Lord. Even Jesus had to get away from the crowds and go spend time alone with His Father in prayer. Any of us are only as effective as we allow the Holy Spirit of God to flow into us and back out of us. For that to happen we must continually fill up on Him by time spent in His presence in prayer, time in His Word, time listening to Him speak to us. My very wise Spiritual Father, Apostle Carl Flowers, told me once, “If you spend enough time with the Messenger, you will always have a message”. I took that to heart and I always try to put it into practice, but sometimes if with the best of intentions we humans still overbook our lives between family, ministry, careers, etc.
When this sudden illness set in on us there were some things that were scheduled that had to be cancelled or changed. People were very gracious and understanding about it. Friends and family generously took up my slack and filled in for me where possible, but regrettably, there were some other commitments and special events that we were really looking forward to that we had to simply miss out on. One of the coolest things that my David has taught me by his example over the years is to trust that God is always in control no matter what happens. Nothing catches God by surprise, no matter what situations arise, no matter what events get cancelled or changed. Even when things that we perceive as terrible accidents happen, God is still in control and they could not have happened if He had not allowed it for His good purpose. He has a plan to use it for good. David never loses his peace over things. He simply says, “well, the Lord knew all about it” and he accepts as God’s will and moves on.
Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”
Knowing in my heart that My God had a purpose for this time alone at home with Him, I was actually excited to see what it was that He had in store for me while I rested and healed.
Genesis 50:20 “you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”
God had a plan and purpose to allow this physical attack and rebellion in my body, to use it for my good, the good of others, and His glory. In my time spent resting in Him, God rewarded me greatly.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
So here it is. You are about to embark on a treasure hunt with me, in this the story that Our Father took me on from the confines of my bed of affliction. He led me to seek and discover what I believe is only the beginning for me, and for you if you are willing, glimpses if you will, of what the depth, and breadth and height of love is, His love, the real meaning of love, and what that looks like in real life applications when we truly love others.
Song of Solomon 2:6 “Let His left hand be under my head and His right hand embrace me.”
Love is a discovery of treasure that once found, is meant to be given away. It can never be quenched, it can never be satisfied to be held on to, and it can never stay the same, only growing deeper. True Love, God’s Love can only deepen to ignite passion – self-sacrifice for the object of its love. God Himself is the Source of Real love and real love intensifies with an insatiable thirst for more. Real love cannot be contained. It fills up the heart of the vessel and overflows, pouring out onto all others who come within its limitless reaches. It is my hope as I was led by the Giver of Life and Love to share this, that in reading this account, you too will feel the desire to examine this thing called love and examine your own life’s applications of it and commit to make changes where needed.
You may be saying, “But I do already love God and love others”, and well you may, but the bounds of love are limitless. Is it possible that you have done the impossible and reached your maximum potential to love? Not so say’s God! You and I, all of us humans will always have room for improvement in all areas of our character this side of Heaven and especially in attaining the goal of our instruction to love.
So here’s a challenge, one that the Lord gave me and I am taking it myself. What if . . . instead of praying for all to be easy, comfortable and well in the circumstances of this our very temporary life, we would start praying earnestly, diligently, trusting in our HUGE, LIMITLESS all-good, all-righteous, all-knowing, all-loving God, in His Kingdom come, in His Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven, starting with me and you, praying, asking Him to do whatever it takes to make us instruments of His Love. What if we earnestly pray this prayer:
Father God, You are Perfect. Your Love is Perfect. Father, put me in situations that will make me see You for Who You really are; put me in situations that will make me see other people the way You see them; put me in situations that will make me understand what Your definition of Love really is, the kind of Love that Jesus has for me and others; put me in situations that teach me to Love You and all people the right way, Your way, Your depth, Your breadth, Your height of love. I ask you all this in the Name that has no greater love than Himself, the One that laid down His life for us, the Name of Jesus. Amen.
My Friend, if you just prayed that bold prayer with me and are willing to trust God that He will give us all the strength we need to walk out those love growing circumstances, no matter what they look like to the fleshly eye, then you be like Moses, poised and ready to go to a deeper level in the Presence and in the love of the Almighty. No matter what we may have to suffer or face in this temporary terrain of life, I know that we will learn, grow, live and have our being in that Victorious Jesus Love. So let’s trust God together, knowing it will all be worth it for the eternal good, our good, the good of those we love and it will all be to God’s glory! Can’t you just hear the great cloud of witnesses right now shouting from Heaven, “AMEN”!
Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
My Journal Entry from March 20, 12:04pm & my FB post
All God is looking for are willing people. Willing to accept Him for Who He is, willing to accept His sovereign will for what it is, willing to accept who He says we are, willing to be transformed into who He says we were created to be & willing to go the distance with Him wherever, whenever, however He leads.
Are you that willing person? Am I?
God already knows, But do we?
What do you think it will take for you or me to know our measure of faith for sure?
#GodsPlumbPerfection #PainHasPurpose #WithstandThenStrengthenYourBrothers
Stay tuned for Part II of Plumb Perfection – Living Loving: The Lord, The Lost, The Lame, The Lonely
God loves you and I love you. Keep Walking!