Of late I have found myself in a few situations where I feel as though I have no control, and have no idea where it is going. I have actually tried to take control of the situation myself to no avail. Despite whatever I do, nothing seems to happen. Every day the answer seems to remain the same, things could go one way or the other. I feel as though I keep being drug back to square one and told, just stand there and wait. UGH really? Do I have to? Can’t I just flip to the end of this Dr. Seuss book and be told we all get green eggs and ham? I do not like green eggs and ham and I do not like to be in this situation. I like to know exactly what is going to happen. Yet everywhere I turn, I keep getting the same message, just stand. God will see you through. Face your problems. Nothing is Impossible for God. Feel the emotional roller coaster but know God is in control.
So I continue to stand. Not paralyzed in fear or trying to be a manipulative control freak. But just standing. As a Christian I know we stand on the Word of God and His promises. But when you are in situations where you have no idea what direction they will take, you are out in the deep, can’t feel bottom and your decisions will affect you and your family and all of those around you, it can be a tad bit scary. Emotions can be raw.
A few weeks ago my mother and I had the opportunity to travel to Wichita Falls, Texas for a ladies conference through our church. The speaker for the conference was one of my favorite speakers, Janice Sjostrand. If you have never heard her speak I highly encourage you to attend a conference or service where she is speaking. She is most widely known for writing the song, Alabaster Box, which Cece Winans recorded. You can listen to the song here.
This past week I have been listening to the CDs I bought from the conference and felt to share a few things here. None of these thoughts are mine, just simply sharing in my own words what I heard and received.
Saturday is the day which stuck with me the most and seems so relevant not just to events happening in my own little world, but in a much broader sense. She delved deeper into Ephesians 6:15 – “And our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” And then Revelation 1:15 – “And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they were burned in a furnace;”
She talked about how God was barefoot in Revelation but his feet were hard like brass. How did they get to be like brass? What was the process he went through to get brazen feet? As Christians with our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace we are going to have to walk through trials barefooted, feeling everything, in order for our feet to become hardened like bronze, to where the irritants of life do not bother us and our emotions do not rule over us.
Any time God wanted to speak to someone directly, He always commanded they take off their shoes because they are standing on Holy Ground. In Exodus 3:5 God commanded Moses- “Do not come any closer, the Lord warned. Take off your sandles, for you are standing on holy ground.”
In the Old testament, the Jewish priests when ministering in the tabernacle were barefoot. They continually had to wash their hands and feet to keep them clean while ministering. See Exodus 30:17-21. This shows when they were going into the Holiest of Holies, to communicate with God, they were barefoot.
I like to wear shoes, I do not like to walk on hot pavement barefoot. I do not like to feel grit under my feet. We wear shoes to protect our feet from various assaults or injuries which might occur. It is when we take off our shoes we become most vulnerable and open, feeling everything beneath us. He wants to remove the barriers off from us, to place us in a position for God to give you brazen feet to withstand. This ability to stand develops patience, experience and the hope which maketh not ashamed.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Since that ladies conference the situations we are currently facing have not moved forward, nor have they moved backwards. They just seem to be in this eternal stand still as though it could go one way or the other. However, every sermon I have heard at church has been related to facing your problems, not running from them, knowing God is the God of the impossible and to worship Him through every situation. So today I simply stand, worshiping God for who He is, knowing He is in control.
In my daily Bible reading this week I read in 2 Chronicles chapter 20 where King Jehoshaphat prayed for deliverance for the children of Israel from their enemies who had surrounded them. It seemed to be an impossible situation. The answer given by God to him and the children of Isreal was the following –
And he said, hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou King Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you –
Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord worshipping the Lord.
If you go on to read the end of the chapter you will find all of their enemies were killed while they were worshipping, singing and praising God. None escaped, and they rejoiced over their enemies.
I have no deep thoughts this week, other than to rely on the ancient prescription given by God from generation to generation, stand still, worship, and God will work it out.