I have always found it interesting how the Holy Spirit ‘opens up’ pieces of Scripture or Daily Devotionals on a specific day when I need it most. Pieces that I have been reading for many years without ‘seeing’ the meaning or fully understanding it. One morning, while having my quiet time I read in different devotionals “Take time for prayer.” “Take time to be alone with Me.” “Spend more time alone with Me.” The next morning …“Make prayer a priority.” I have never seen all these messages from different devotionals so clearly.
I knew I had to go and spend time alone with God on the farm – I had to open my diary but I did not feel like going. I don’t like going to the farm alone…and yet I heard the words “Take time to be alone with Me.”
I drove out to the farm (196km) and after settling in I sat on the stoop and started praying for the many family and friends around me that were very sick. That evening I saw 7 bush baby’s crawling out of the garage, leaping into the trees. I have never seen 7, always just two or three.
Before sunrise the next morning I drove up to the highest point on the farm to have a coffee and a rusk and to pray at sunrise. Just as I became quiet I clearly heard the Holy Spirit’s say “Take off your sandals, you are on holy ground.” I was shocked and immediately obeyed and started praising the Lord while looking over the mountains as the sun rose praying Ps 212 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” I had an amazing time in God’s company.
That afternoon I again sat on the stoop thinking of that morning, wondering what to do next. Can anything surpass that morning’s ‘high’? I heard …“read Ezra.” “Ezra?” I asked, what can be in Ezra was my thought (Ezra tells the story of the rebuilding of the Temple 90 years before Nehemiah came to rebuild Jerusalem’s city walls.) I was so encouraged by what God was about to reveal to me, not only from the verses but also from the footnotes in my Life Application Bible.
- Ezra not only knew God’s Word, he believed and obeyed it.
- God cares more about what we are than what we accomplish. Magnificent accomplishments decay and disappear. Do not be discouraged – your relationship with God is more important!
- I need more times of celebration during significant events in my life – like when we completed the foundations of the Primary School (July 2006) and the last phase of the High School (June 2013).
- Do not let circumstances or lack of encouragement slow you down. PERSEVERE! Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord! Reminding me of Zachariah 4:6 that weaves like a golden thread through our school’s (Eduplex) history.
The last morning The Holy Spirit gave me a message for the way forward “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what God has promised.” (Hebrews 6:12) I need to sharpen up my daily quiet time and not buckle under the pressure. I have to persevere in faith and patience.
My reading that morning from ‘Streams in the Desert’ summarised the weekend “When the fire in your life is the hottest, stand still, for later on …it produces a harvest of blessings. (Heb 12:11) Sainthood finds its source in suffering. Remember, it requires eleven tons of pressure on a piano’s strings for it to be tuned.”
Nico – withstand the strain while being tuned…through faith, patience and perseverance. Don’t give up, it’s the last few yards that count!