Lets talk military this morning. In my research about their war ships, I came across a very interesting piece of story that changed my spiritual perspective on certain issues.
Did you know that long time ago, the military masts were made of wood?
Now you will ask, how could the military war ships have wooden masts that could withstand the tempestuous sea – the roaring and the billowing of the sea that follows when the Lord thunders and when the heavens light up?
This is a great mystery, but this is what used to happen.
Those trees were found mostly on top of great mountains. Once that tree was identified, all other surrounding trees were cut around it and it was left exposed.
The winds blew against it, the storms beat it, the snow froze it, the sun scorched it, the heat parched it until it was hardened enough to withstand any type of weather.
It grew a bark so thick that no ants could attack it.
It grew a deep set of root system – going as deep as several meters deep to anchor itself.
With time, the winds couldn’t bend it anymore for it was steadfast and straight.
That tree, after all those processes it was ready to face the sea with no fear of being bent, cracked or broken while supporting the foremasts, the shrouds, bowsprit and chains.
For a moment, I had an introspection.
Can I face the tempestuous sea of life head-on?
Are my roots deep enough in Christ that i can be anchored and not to be bent by the winds of life?
It’s alright to be a people person, but look out that you don’t end up pleasing people at the expense of your testimony and your faith.
From my own experience and what the Lord has taught me in the years He has given me so far, is that you cannot be with people all the time, every time and have a ministry to the same people you are with.
This is what i mean, the Lord thrives in your solitude moments.
Your ministry goes as deep as you have rooted yourself in the Lord.
Your ministry goes as deep as the time you have spent seeking Him, and seeking His face.
Your clarity comes to life when you spend time seeking His direction.
It’s that time when you are alone, that God speaks and you listen.
It’s in your quiet time, that the Lord reaches down to the well of your soul and uproots anything that should not be there.
It’s in having time with the Lord that He exchanges our sorrow for joy, our turmoil for His peace that surpasses all human understanding, our ashes for beauty, our pain for His comfort, our weariness for His strength, our problems for His solution, our loss for His gain, our darkness for His light, our doubt for His clarity, our questions for His answers.
It’s in having time with the Lord that he trades our scarred heart for His Balm, our burdens for His light yoke, our short-term for His long-term, our impossible for His possibilities, our confusion for His assurance, our stagnation for His overdrive anointing, our past for His present and future, our sins for His cleansing, our lost dream(s) for His hope, our failures for His victories, our guilt and condemnation for His unconditional Love.
May we long for the Lord as a deer thirsts for the waters.
May He alone be our hearts desire.
May He alone be our God.
That when the storms blow, we will stand, we will stand, we will stand and be of good courage!