Summer on the Park Bench with Father
Hello Fellow Mountain Taker,
It’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me. The last “E-ncouragement” I sent is dated June 3rd! Perhaps you thought I took the summer off, or was done corresponding like this. Neither is true. This has been a very full, intense, and pivotal time for me. The main reason I haven’t written is because the Lord did not give me anything to write. He was certainly very active in my life, as I am sure He has been in yours. It was just a season of quiet. He likes that from time to time. A prophetic friend of mine once had a picture of me sitting on a park bench with the Lord. We weren’t talking; we were just sitting. That would be a fair characterization of this summer, more sitting and waiting than talking. This isn’t to say that I haven’t had questions. I had lots of them. But Father has His own time to answer, and He can’t be hurried.
My chief question? “Lord, what season am I in?” Since the beginning of the year my wife, Susi, and I have been aware that we were in transition, but we did not know from what, to what? Because of events and circumstances beyond our control it felt like our world was getting smaller. This was not a comfortable or comforting prospect. Yet, we seemed powerless to do anything about it. Our business was shrinking. Health issues that used to end with a “cure” now are about things like “pain management”. Elderly parents’ medical crisis and ongoing needs were becoming more a part of our daily life. And, in the midst of all this, our age related financial realities were a growing concern. Repeatedly we found ourselves saying, “I didn’t think it was supposed to turn out like this!”
I think the Lord was waiting for me to reach this point. When we run out of strength, possibilities, is when He is ready to kick into high gear on our behalf. Paul made this discovery when the Lord said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9) Paul’s immediate response in that same verse, “Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”! The first revelation of the summer was just this. My “weaknesses”, physically, financially, etc., were not designed to make my world smaller, but to bring me into a place of His strength. Counterintuitive I know, but true.
As I write this I have an image of Father sitting with me on the park bench patiently waiting for me to reach this place. He knew it was the only way for head knowledge, truth that I had read and even taught for many years to become experiential heart reality that transforms life.
Much of my summer was spent learning how to walk in the power and blessing of weakness! It works! Little did I realize that this was all preparation for Father calling me yet farther out of the boat!
But that will have to wait until next time…
Until then, learn from my adventure, no longer fear the places you feel weak. Embrace them as the very key to seeing the Lord’s strength released on your behalf.
Have a great week on your Mountain!