Psalm 51:10 The Message (MSG)
7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
Ever felt like you finally arrived at the top of the mountain you were facing? Finally achieved a goal you had been striving towards? Won a race? Received an award? I am feeling all of those things right now in this moment. God says in Psalm 23 that He will fill our cups to overflow status! He says He will turn all of our sorrow to joy! He says He will turn ALL things to good!!! I can tell you this is truth!!
God has done a number of things in my recent past. Pulled me from a destructive marriage. Kept me safe in several circumstances. Restored my faith. Given me new hope. Promoted me higher than I could ever imagine. What does this feel like? Uncontainable, indescribable, incredible JOY!!!!!!
How did I get to the mountain top? Surrender. Surrender. Surrender. and MORE Surrender. Today alone this is what happened in my tiny little speck of a life: I submitted book two to be published, figured out how to start my first book on Kindle, received TWO checks at work, and I obeyed God and started a dance group at church and people actually showed up. Eight other people to be exact.
Yup! All that in one day. I feel the most significant event was the dance group. When I saw the vision to start this dance team, I of course argued with God. Why are you picking me? I am the least coordinated person on earth? Lord, you know I cannot rub my tummy and pat my head at the same time! Want to know what His answer was: I always choose the least to accomplish the most in my Kingdom.
This group of women to me are the firestarters who will enable the body of Christ to walk on water. He chose a leader, a worshiper, got someone out of their box, a Zumba instructor, a cheerleader, a gymnast and a past color guard person to become The Revival Warriors. Our first practice was awesome and I really look forward to praising God in the most intimate way with this group of women!
So what is the moral of the story? Mountain top stories are based on surrender and obedience. Would I have found such joy today if I hadn’t stepped out in faith and called these women to bind together in unity to lead the church to victory? Probably not. I encourage anyone reading this to choose surrender and obedience in whatever situation you are currently in. God cannot take you to the top of the mountain if you do not choose to surrender….He would never drag anyone up the mountain.
- Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
You are in a bad mood. Your dog just ate your favorite shoes. Your boss is demanding. Your best friend is having a crisis. Your last unemployment check came today. You failed a major test. You bounced a check. Your mom is being tested for cancer. A million and one things can be hitting you all at one time and as you begin to wrap your mind around all of the outcomes which could occur you go into freak out mode. You begin to doubt your ability to cope with anything. You start to feel sorry for yourself and think thoughts that are not anywhere near the truth. Ever have days like this when you feel nothing you do for anybody is good enough to meet any of their standards?
Today, I went to church for a prayer meeting and I gave God all of the things that were bothering from my day and the recent past. I wrote Him a letter and released it all to Him and then I sat in silence as I listened for His answer. At first I was frustrated, it seemed as if I had been sitting there for a long time with no reply. So those not so good thoughts start flooding in. Gee, I’m not even good enough for God. This isn’t even worth it. He is too busy tonight to talk to me. All those negative non-truths just kept invading until finally when I had had enough of the voices, He began to speak to me.
As I wrote out what He spoke I felt this peace invade. I felt my self-worth returning and I could clearly see that God was not too busy for me. He answered every question I had asked and more. It was like He pushed my reset button. As I was leaving the church, He said take a picture of the hangers. What? That seemed so silly to me and I asked Him why. He simply reminded me of the verse about cast your cares upon me and He was using the hangers as an illustration to get His point across. For you see, if we would just put our frustrations and failures on “hangers” and allow God to take them, we could be free to do what He asks of us.
So tonight, I hang up all of my worries, concerns, disappointments and regrets on spiritual hangers and I allow God to take care of them. He has the plans for me that I cannot see. He knows I am exactly where He needs me to be in this moment of time and I can rest and remain calm knowing He will take care of all things concerning me. One other thing He mentioned to me was that He just wanted me to dance with Him and let Him lead. Of course He knows it’s hard for me when I dance not to want to lead and it was His way of saying….just let me guide your steps.