Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Walking On Water, Part II

PART II

Now let’s talk about connections or “Relationship 101”

First, how do you start or rekindle a relationship?  Well for me, relationship building comprises of three parts:
1)   Be completely honest and transparent.  I had to be upfront with God about my drifting.  I had to come clean about my sins and disobedience which only served as relational detours and roadblocks.
 2) Get to know God- yes, all over again.  I had to become intimate with God all over again, so I picked up my bible and begin to read about Him. 
3) Invest time in the relationship with God.  Similar to healthy relationships we have with people on Earth, a relationship with God requires constant attention and communication. A healthy relationship promotes the concept of sacrifice and selflessness- putting the needs of your partner over your own, trusting that your partner will do the same.  The benefits of relationships include great affection, love, and happiness; however I learned that God exceeds the expectations of even the best relationships. He not only matches the effort you put into the relationship, but exceeds it each and every time.  Through the relationship, He generously fulfills and supplies not only my earthly needs, but my spiritual ones as well. 

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
                                                                                          ~Philippians 4:19

 Because we are a team- what hurt God should hurt me and what pleases God should please me. In the end, I had to shift and rearrange my mentality to accommodate this concept.  I was no longer Ms. Independent.  I was a partner- a joint member in my connection with God.  Subsequently, my goals shifted from what I wanted to what would please God.  It was no longer about me; it was about us.  It is about us.  Most importantly, it is about HIM. 

Once I refocused on God and His glory, my understanding of Him grew again (Praise God!).  As my relationship with God continues to develop, my fear wanes.  I no longer trust in my strength alone; I ground myself in His strength.  I had long checked my phony self-confidence, and now my confidence in Him soars.  Most importantly, my faith continues to grow.

Can I share something with you?

I’ve never felt stronger.  I’ve never felt freer, and though I had previously drifted from Him, I’ve never felt so welcomed and cherished.  And you know what?  Five years and a full circle later, I would never change my journey because of where it has taken me.  It has brought me right here, to this very place.  It has given me the humbling privilege to share my testimony with you.  And now I rest in this very thing:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
~ Romans 8:28

This scripture gives me so much joy because it speaks on the magnitude and power of God.  That regardless of what I do, how many times I goof up, He can and will turn every detour, roadblock, and mountain into something beautiful and productive for me.  And because I love Him and seek His will above my own, I choose be His vessel.  In fact, right as we speak, I’m inching closer to the edge of that shore.   I’m preparing to take my first step off dry land and onto the water.

I thank you for reacquainting yourself with my blog and continual journey through Christ.  Now, please rise, take my hand and get ready to step off shore with me.  We have some water to walk on. 😄

But as it is written:
                  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
                   Nor have entered into the heart of man
                   The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

                                                                                                                     ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9

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