So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
Ever have someone tell you that you are not living up to your full potential? How did that make you feel? Did you feel threatened? Did you lose whatever peace you had? Maybe you felt frozen in place with no escape in view. Perhaps this caused you to break down or go inward. Maybe for some, it made you step out of your iceberg and do something different to change your circumstances.
Sometimes I used to look at my life through a window wishing I could change my circumstances. I stood there staring into the promise of tomorrow yet I felt the door was forever frozen and I would never escape from this life I had made for myself. I stood there not pitying myself but feeling satisfied somehow. How deceived Satan had me. I felt as weak as a snowflake that was trapped under an avalanche.
I am not sure what caused me to finally open that door, or at least try. I guess I had had enough at some point and I was going to get my hope of a new tomorrow. I assure it was not easy to break through the frozen tundra standing between me and peace, however with God all things truly are possible. As I began to take one step at a time into the frozen atmosphere my spirit began to stir and come back to life. Suddenly I felt the sun on my face. Soon I could feel again. Then in what seems now like a blink of an eye, I was free, roaming in warm climate once again.
What do you need to be unthawed from? What hold does Satan have on your life? Are you frozen in time? Are you looking out that window seeking release? All I can tell you do is close your eyes and take the hand of God. Trust that He has a good and perfect plan for your life. Begin one step at a time to become unthawed. Surrender whatever it is to God and watch Him blink His eye and remove you from the situation.