Monday, August 3, 2009

Mountains

If I always choose the easy way, asking God for peaceful valleys, will I ever see God's power displayed to enable me to take a mountain?

This question blindsided me from my morning devotion this morning. Hmmm....It wasn't phrased as a question. It was an all-out challenge, which I generally do not do well with. But this day the Lord has been asking me this allllllllllll day.

Scary.

I do pray for peaceful valleys and calm waters all the time. I don't like change, shakings, rough paths! I don't know HOW to mountain climb. I like comfort. Dare I say that I LIKE my complacency?

I've been feeling challenged by God lately. I sense that there is an event or series of events coming into our lives, and I feel woefully inadequate for them. I know I'm not perfect, not qualified, not able, not ready.....not, not, NOT......

The thing is is that He doesn't want me to be ready, or qualified, or perfect, or able!

WHAT???

The Lord spoke to me and showed me that I have this complex, which probably every one of my dear friends has known forever, and this complex is that I feel like I constantly have to be perfect and excellent and wonderful all the time. I have this driving need to be above and beyond perfect. The June Cleaver mom and wife.

And what is so great is that yesterday the Lord spoke to me and told me that He doesn't want me to be any of those things. He showed me that all of the Heroes of Faith in the Bible were just ordinary, every day people. Flawed people. Not perfect. Not leaders.

He chose them because they were surrendered to Him. God can work with people who are flawed and chipped and torn and inadequate!

What a revelation to this tired soul!

He WANTS me imperfect. He WANTS me inadequate. He wants me to not be perfectly equipped.....

So He can do all of those things in me! He wants to work those things in me!

My spirit leaps for joy!

I've always thought He can only use me if I do this and this and that and oh, do that and oh, one more thing, you have to have this and that and that.........whew!

I finally realize the lie that I have been laboring under all of these years, and I'm on the cusp of finding out how to be used by my Father just as I am!

What great news to a heart that wants so badly to be used by God!

So, I ask for mountains with the full knowledge that I don't have to know how to climb them, for He will show me how along the way! I'll be mountain climbing under a mantle of peace and protection, being born on angel's wings lest I dash my foot against a stone (Psalm 91)

I now try to glory in my weaknesses and my challenges, knowing that's right where He wants me so that He can use me!

I'm becoming free!


5 comments:

Christine said...

If we were perfect we wouldn't need Him. In order for us to lean on Him and depend on Him we have to need Him. I like change, but of the easy variety. I don't like hardships but I know it's life and we will deal with them at one time or another. Some deal with them often. BUT, I know through the hardships is when I see His hand at work the most in my life. Great post Leanne. Lylas.

Sweet Annabelle said...

Love this - I've had that "uh-oh, something's coming" feeling before, too. Hate that, but I know now that THAT is when I see His hand most clearly...

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Let go of the fear and enjoy the freedom that He gives us, Leanne!

It's kind of like being a good parent. A parent will set boundaries for children and correct them when needed. A child will be more content when they don't have to worry about an inconsistent response from his parents, when they don't have to wonder if they've gone too far or done something wrong.

Although as parents we are often inconsistent, our God is CONSTANT (not to mention patient, loving, kind, just and merciful)!

LYLAS,
Marshie

Renata said...

Thanks so much for this - I also like things to go smoothly - I need the reminder that I do need the mountains - where I can rely only on God to get me over.

Rebeca said...

Leanne,
Nice to hear from you!
I would suggest taking some time to look into the importance of soaking any whole grains, especially since there are grain issues in your family! Whole grains have phytic acid, which is an anti-nutrient and binds minerals, making digestion more difficult. I'm no expert, but email me if you want to about it.
Here is a helpful article by Sue Gregg with some guidelines for converting recipes:
http://www.suegregg.com/about/Two%20Stage%20Process.pdf

Here is an interesting article on the importance of soaking grains:
http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeatures/be_kind.html

Many blessings!
Rebeca