Happy New Year!
According to the Jewish Calender, this is the first day of a very momentous new year. I won’t go into it, here. Look it up. It seemed very appropriate to say a few words, early this morning.
Some of us have been experiencing a life shift of sorts, lately. Don’t panic, this is a good thing. I have a very good friend who is deep in the throes of the early stages of child separation anxiety. I don’t know if that is an actual term, but I’m using it. The chicks haven’t left the nest, yet, but they don’t need Mama so much any more and that can really mess a gal up. It’s a difficult concept to grasp unless you’ve experienced it. Hell, it’s a difficult concept to grasp when you’re in the middle of it. She and I take turns telling each other that our extreme outbursts and random feelings of hopeless despair are totally natural and completely common among women our age. That’s what I’m attempting to accomplish, here. What most Christians, (the conscious ones, anyway), are going through right now is, in fact, God.
I’m hearing the same lament over and over again, from brothers and sisters at every level and in every denomination. There are feelings of disorientation, discontent, idiocy (ex. “I have no idea what I’m doing or why I’m doing it.”), varying stages of agitation accompanied by a strong sense of compassion. The natives are getting restless. These feelings make us vulnerable to the little rocks and pebbles of despair, discouragement, frustration and contempt. They’re just rocks and pebbles, no permanent damage but they do hurt. The real damage occurs when we attempt to flee, wheeling around only to slam into a tree or fall in a hole. Everybody just calm down.
We like where we’ve been, we’ve picked our spot and sunk our roots. Everything was cozy and in its place. Not anymore. More and more, we’ve started to look around at our spot and it’s really pissing us off, just like PMS. Problem is, we don’t know what to do about it. Sure, we know what we’ve been taught in Sunday School for our entire lives, but that line just isn’t working anymore. Now what? Maybe you’ve been asking Abba, “what up with that?” You’re used to Him being silent, occasionally, but now He’s talking. Problem #2; He’s saying the same thing over and over, but for some reason you just can’t understand it. You hear Him, but you can’t really hear Him. Meanwhile, you’re stumbling around finding yourself, amazingly, under His protection and even in His favor despite your best efforts to be wretched. Go figure.
I write all of this in order to spread the word and the word is this; It’s not just you, you’re not alone in this, and most importantly, things are about to get a whole lot better. The world around us has a serious shake down coming, but here’s the good news. You were shaken first and now you’re ready to stand when everything else looks like it’s going to hell in a hand basket. Abba has been positioning His people for the Big Bang. I don’t know how it’s going down but I can feel it, almost smell it. He never does anything without telling His people first.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Peace; that’s what they’re gonna see. That’s what they’re gonna want.