Recently during our Wednesday night women's class, we were listening to part of Priscilla Shirer's portion on the DVD series 'Unwrap the Bible'. We hadn't yet made it all the way through Priscilla's portion when I noticed myself writing these words in my notes, 'Stay and See Jesus for Yourself'.
Now, I won't steal Priscilla's thunder or her great points. (I couldn't do it justice.)
Let me just say, those words I wrote seemed to leap off the page at me: Stay and see Jesus for yourself.
How often do I run ahead of God, too often! Still, at some point I seem to remember to come back to Him and ask for mercy, grace, and direction to walk His way instead of my own.
How often do I hang back not willing to jump in to something He has for me? I think of a C.S. Lewis quote, 'There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.' I mean that's exactly what Paul tells us, right? For us to live is Christ and to die is gain. What keeps us from living Christ?!
How often have I prayed and prayed and prayed... not listening to the Spirit... perhaps even had that prayer delivered but didn't realize it because the answer came in a way I was not prepared for?!
What keeps us from walking with Him? What keeps us from living in Christ? What keeps us from deliverance? From answered prayers? From seeing Him?
If we ask someone to meet us where we are... but then we move... how can we expect them to show up?
Perhaps it is not that I am not walking His way long enough, living for Him hard enough, talking (praying) with Him enough... Perhaps it is I am moving too often. Walking my own way and saying prayers instead of hearing Him in prayer when I am simply called to stay and see Him for myself.
Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."