I always have this habit of asking the Lord for me to hear Him speak and guide me every step of the way especially when it comes to decisions that are to be made that involve risks. More often than not I get out of the boat not just to test the water but jump into it. Thank God, He always comes through for me.
Living in a “just enough” state financially “FOR NOW” (because He takes us from glory to glory) limits me in such a way that I couldn’t freely move if I want to bless someone or fly somewhere to be with someone in need or go to conferences to enrich my life, expectant for more awesome divine encounters. It has always been a challenge to me BUT God ALWAYS has His higher ways of making them come to pass when my heart it set to do His purpose.
Last week, I heard that one of my close relatives is sick, in fact very sick. She lives an hour by flight away from where I am. My heart said GO and visit but my pocket said NO. In instances like these, I stop and inquire of Him on which way to go. You may say, well, just make a decision, but one thing I love is choosing Him to be a part of my decisions. I delight in involving Him and SURELY He delights in me, too. That’s intimacy with God in simplicity.
One night, I was worshiping with my piano. How many of us know that when our minds and hearts are set on Him in worship, the cares of this world grow dim in the light of His presence. This is when we get to clear the static, the noise produced by our worries and anxieties critically opposing what we are to do, and takes us to the frequency with a clear and crisp reception. Then, we get to hear Him speak and get our hearts beating in rhythm with His. Yes, His love pouring in and through my heart WON. That night, I was decided to go but I was still waiting for the next step on how the provision would come.
Morning came and I was still in that state of going until logic kicked in. How? … was the question. Now the battle began again in the battlefield of my mind. There was a force that started to put the brakes on again but it didn’t in any degree bring peace in my heart.
I drove for work and while I was in my car I once again asked for His confirmation. Guess what I saw in front of me? A jeepney with words that I never expected in my wildest dreams to be there.
“JEHOVAH JIREH” means He is the God Who provides. He is the God Who provided the ram that was caught by his horns in a thicket that became the offering instead of Abraham sacrificing his own son, Isaac. (Genesis 22:13)
“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place JEHOVAH-JIREH: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” Genesis 22:13-14 KJV
I love it in the NKJV. It says “And Abraham called the name of the place, THE-LORD-WIL-PROVIDE; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”” Genesis 22:14 NKJV
Oh for sure seeing this put a smile on my face! Of all the vehicles in our country, this was divinely positioned at the right place at the right time, speaking the right words and reassuring me again … GO! Then, my next question changed. I asked then, what do I have in my hand? Show me, Lord. I was led to meditate on the boy with his five loaves and two small fishes. There was something that was provided and was put into the hands of Jesus, then multiplication came during distribution that fed the multitude.
Yes, when we ask Him, SURELY He will answer and show us great and mighty things that we don’t know. Boooom!!! He prompted my heart to check on my flying miles. I traveled in the past years with His miraculous provision that made me earn this mileage. Somehow it was at the back of my mind but I thought I’d rather treasure and accumulate them for my future international trips. Again, another resistance came. Oh wow the quest wasn’t done yet! I was still trying to figure out “on my own way” how without touching those miles.
Evening came and my heart still struggled a bit. It’s funny to think that the cost wasn’t that much but I had nothing. The mileage was available but I somehow refused to use it. I decided to worship with my piano again and this song suddenly came out of me …. “I wouldn’t trade YOU for silver or gold. I wouldn’t trade YOU for riches untold. YOU are, YOU are my everything.” Ohhhhhh my … I struggled because those mileage became my treasure. “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21) In the Amplified version it says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.” The question is, where is my heart anchored? Who is the center of my life? I’ve claimed, sang, declared, believed … JESUS IS! Now, it’s time to demonstrate it! His heart of love says to go and visit … therefore GO and LET GO of those mileage. If I can’t release them, then that’s all I’m going to have but if I choose to release them, then more will come!
That same night, I called up the airline ticketing office and booked my flight. The struggle, the trouble, the war in my head, the battle in my mind ceased! PEACE and JOY rushed in. I knew then without a shadow of a doubt I did the right thing.
“Who is the man who FEARS the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worships Him with submissive wonder]? He will TEACH him [through His word] in the way he should choose.” Psalm 25:12 Amp
If we want to be taught, instructed, guided and led by the Spirit of the Lord in the way we should go, worship is the key where our hearts are calibrated to the beating of His. It is in worship where He will make known to us the path of life. It is in His presence where we find the fullness of joy in what we choose.
“The secret [of the wise counsel] of the Lord is for those who FEAR Him, and He will let them KNOW His covenant and REVEAL to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning.” Psalm 25:14 Amp
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