Last week we ended with me asking you to check your countenance, and then to begin counting your blessings so that the face in the mirror would be radiant! This week He wants us to move up higher. Knowing we’ve all been living on the mountain top as His bride, or like a penthouse high above the city with Him, as mere mortals, it’s easy to feel a bit uneasy when He takes our hands in order to move up higher. Even though it does have a much more expansive view the higher we go, yet, if we look down the height can be a bit dizzying.
Though I’ve described moving up in physical terms, He is, in fact, speaking to us in spiritual terms—hence our dizzying height, where we feel we want to grab Him tightly or even bury our faces in His chest—the feeling is just as real.
For the past week or more the Lord has asked me to do things that, as we often say are, “outside my comfort zone.” Where I’m comfortable, however, is not going to allow me to be used by Him in the way He’s planned. The same goes for you.
Let me give you an example. I am quite comfortable being simply agreeable, just going with the flow. So when He asks me to exercise the authority He’s given to me, I’d prefer not to. Nevertheless, I continually choose to step forward rather than pulling back. Of course, it’s His stable arm I’m holding fast to, continually looking full on His loving face, always remaining quiet enough in my spirit to hear Him saying, “Trust Me.”
After we take the first step up higher, if we immediately see His perfect plan unfold, we feel ourselves soaring. Our faces beam just as mine did yesterday evening. Earlier that day the Lord had told me to give my car to a couple who I knew didn’t have a suitable car for their anniversary. Being completely honest with you, I cringed when He told me. Though I am known to be a bit too generous, giving my car, leaving me with no transportation along with the risk of an accident flew through my mind. Nevertheless, when He bade me to “go now” I grabbed my keys and set off to give the couple my car.
Leaving their home I was soaring, due to the fact that though they were dumbfounded, very touched and moved to tears by my offer, they let me know that the wife’s mother had offered them her car. Had her mother not just had the oil changed and washed, they would have accepted. The outcome confirmed I was not mistaken when I heard Him, which again, made my heart soar and left a huge smile on my face (I’m smiling now). And though this step up was more in the category of the “little foxes” variety had they been ignored, nothing close to other things He’s tasked me to do prior outside my comfort zone, little foxes do, in fact, help us along our abundant life journey, do they not?
Yet, to balance this example, I had results that were far less exciting. Instead, the results of stepping up and trusting Him, in order to move up higher, left me more than a bit disappointed. When the result is not as you hoped, that’s when you begin to doubt and question that what you did was His plan. “Did I miss Him? Am I doing things in the flesh? Why? Oh, why am I not soaring?”
Living life without regrets is a common occurrence in today’s selfish and self-centered world, so like me, you probably believe that having regrets means you and I care more about doing what’s right, caring more about others than ourselves. But does it?
Next week we will learn a new living lesson and explore “Living Life without Regrets” so be sure to begin to speak to your HH about this topic now after you’ve fully discussed this week’s lesson as He bids you to move up higher with Him. 🙂