make it personal

Years ago in a time of prayer with friends, one of them shared a vision of us each on our own islands. She felt that we were headed into a time of isolation, but encouraged us that it would come from God and to keep pressing in to what He had for us. Since then, I have actually encountered more seasons of isolation, and perceived isolation, than not.

The bible says that we are set apart, and while in context it refers to a spiritual positioning, I believe that sometimes it can play out in real time as well. Like a seed in the ground, or a butterfly in a cocoon, times of developing into who we were originally intended to be can not only be lonely at times, but extremely painful. If we miss the work He is doing in the midst of it, however, we can try to rush through the hardship and completely miss the work being done internally.

The Lord wants to know each of us intimately, and us Him, yet more often than not we scramble to create relationships with others, expecting them to fill us up. Such a misnomer has guided the majority of my life so far, and I have an impressive resume which speaks to literal years of self-doubt, self-loathing and disillusionment as I missed the teaching moments in trying to fix the loneliness in my own power. Chasing people instead of God always leads us to a dead end street, requiring a 360 and return-to-start card.

The cycle will continue to disappoint until we are chasing desperately after

Jesus.

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.” – Matthew 6:33

The good news is that all roads eventually lead to God. The bad news is that if we don’t learn the lesson the first time, we will get to repeat the same mistakes until we finally rest in the process.

Such a thing can sometimes take a lifetime.

Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer. – Psalm 27:4

To align ourselves with God’s purpose, we must first acknowledge that God works ALL things to good for those who love Him. All things includes our very own weaknesses and blind spots. Until we make the gospel of Jesus Christ personal to our own lives, and fully submit to the process regardless of our own preferences, we will repeatedly return to the space from which we just scratched ourselves out of.

Imagine, for a moment, the vulnerability of a butterfly climbing out of its cocoon before her wings are fully formed.

For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door. – Matthew 7:8

To walk a life of faith is to walk a life of full submission to the work of Christ in our lives, to admit that our gifts, no matter how brilliant, will never be enough. No human is enough. No anointing will compare. Only the rest in His perfect plan, process and timing will bring about the peace and fulfillment that we each so desperately long for.

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.” – Matthew 6:33

I’m headed back to my cocoon today – it’s time to get personal.

Peace be with you, my friend.

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