Mercy and I are just enjoying the cool weather and watching the gentle rain, when all of a sudden, a multitude of baby moths start flying everywhere. Maybe you’ve seen this before, but I have not. As I was watching them flying in the rain I noticed Mercy watching them. She loves to chase moths! But she has a choice to make. Will she stay where she is dry and safe on the covered patio or will she step out into the rain and get wet to chase them?
It seemed as if God was showing me a picture of His children at many intersections of our lives. Why? Well, as Mercy stepped out and was beginning to chase the moths, the sky opened up and it began pouring down rain. The wind also picked up and now we both needed to move indoors in order to be safe and dry.
Isn’t that a lot like life? Everything seems to be going along just fine and we are feeling blessed and loved by the Lord. Then maybe a little rain comes into our lives and it takes us a little while to see that it isn’t a bad thing, just a little different. Sometimes we ask God how to navigate the twisted road, many times we do not and just try to handle it ourselves. We begin to think we got it all under control. Then, wham! It begins to pour and we need to run for cover! What happened? What is going on? What do I do? Is this of God? Is this of satan?
Our peace seems to have flown away as fast as the wind! So many scriptures come to mind, but the one that the Lord has been sowing in my heart again, is Luke 6:46-49. “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Often times we are so anxious to build something in our lives, maybe a marriage, having children, building a house, getting a job, etc. that we don’t take the time to seek God’s wisdom and allow Him to guide us and build the foundation that is needed to weather the storms. There are a few key words that require action on our part in the above passage.
First, we need to come to Him. That’s the one we usually miss. We go along in our own steam and we get what may look like good results and begin giving God the credit, but God was never in it. “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say?”
After we come, we must not only hear but also act upon what He says. How do we hear God? In our quiet time with Him, in prayer, in reading the scriptures, from a mentor, a pastor, a close friend. Even in nature we can hear God speak, but the key is that we are actually listening. There is a difference between just hearing and actually listening. We can hear something and know it is God and that we should stop and actually listen, that is to take it in, allow the Holy Spirit to bring it alive in your soul and act on it. Merely hearing won’t do any good, there must be an understanding and action in follow up.
I know, personally, that there can be a fear in that. There have been times in my life when God spoke and it didn’t line up with what I wanted, or thought I wanted. But I learned to stop moving in the direction I wanted to go and enter into conversation with God to give me understanding, or at least a peace to move in His direction. What I’ve learned is that God knows the end from the beginning. Isaiah 46:10 states, “Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure;” I desire His good pleasure in my life!
As we experience this year’s monsoon season, I pray that we allow God to show us how it compares with the foundations of our lives and allow Him to guide us in laying a solid foundation that no monsoon can shake. We may lose every material thing, but all our faith is in Him and He will never leave us or forsake us!