Counting Down The Days Until… 31

Posted: November 29, 2012 in Counting Down The Days Until...
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Bruce Wilkinson says, “I remember a time when sickness forced me to slow down and receive the restoration I desperately needed.” This past weekend Ann Marie and i went away, guess what….? i got sick and we found ourselves just resting. In fact we didn’t even go to one of my favorite restaurants which i had a free meal certificate for from my birthday. When i say favorite it’s number 1 or 2. They come to the table and offer you almost every kind of meat and over 80 items on the salad bar, and it’s all you can eat. But we passed, did i mention mine was free?

i now understand that the water in the pool is water of restoration and it is preparing me for what comes next. i have thought of it as the destination. God is inviting me into closer relationship, but somehow i have missed that fact. First, i am to “Come to the water”, now it’s, “Come into the light.” Diving into the pool is one thing but exposing myself to more light is a little more challenging. What about my… baggage? My flaws, my sins, my addiction to sin,  it’s so, so, so unattractive. This is so much in align with my Step 4 “Fearless” moral inventory thing and helps me build on Steps 1,2,and 3.

Coming into the light is about allowing God’s light to enter those dark areas of my life.

2 Samuel 22:29 You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.  Job 33:28 says, “He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.”

Living to enjoy the light is a humbling experience and an awesome experience, that is when i surrender and go there. It’s in this place that my relationship with God deepens into a genuine trust in His character. Notice that nowhere have i attached a time stamp on any of this. It could be moments but most likely from my experience it’s days, weeks, months and even years.

Then, while in that place, while in the light i can do as David did in Psalm 104 1-4 and 33-35 “”O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are!     beautifully, gloriously robed, Dressed up in sunshineOh, let me sing to God all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live! Oh, let my song please him; I’m so pleased to be singing to God. But clear the ground of sinners—no more godless men and women! O my soul, bless God!

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