SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS 27.08.13
I see your heart, and I know that as much as you try to lift yourself up and be strong that there is still uncertainty and even a measure of instability in your soul. But, I say to you, that I am your strength. I am your very present help in times of trouble. You cannot accomplish what you desire by the strength of your own soul. You must allow Me to undertake on your behalf, says the Lord. Let Me do what you cannot do. Lean on Me and trust in My help.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
The above devotional is profound in a strange sort of way. It is a clear reminder that even when I do it to the best of my abilities there are limitations to the heights I can reach. However, the simple act of placing my hand in the hand of Papa in total trust and certainty that He will see me through and enable me to do more than I ever imagined makes an even greater impact.
At times like these when we are seeking deeper and greater excellence and exploits, it is easy to be comfortable in our personal abilities based on what we have achieved in the last few years, months and days. I am not saying sit back and wait for things to happen because they won’t…not at all. I have just been reminded that there is so much more that I can and are destined to do but the reality that I sense in my heart is that what is out there cannot be achieved in my own strength alone. I need a hand up, wisdom, strengthening, direction and so much more. Therefore I choose to step forward into Grace and find peace and rest in the arms of Papa and be pushed, challenged and enabled to move to the next level.
Join me on this awesome and at times scary journey. We will be better people for this act of bravery. It takes a lot to allow someone else to lead us but let’s trust and walk tall.
So was in beautiful Sondu last weekend. We travelled from the lowlands of the Kano plains to the top of the Nyabondo Plateau in Sondu South Nyanza. The view was breathtaking and the people gracious as ever. To get to the homestead, we walked down the other side of the plateau along the path in this picture. It was wet, rocky, steep , treacherous in some places and scary to say the least, but we had to make it to the bottom. We were on assignment and nothing would stand in the way of our assignment. We were determined to reach the goal set before us.
On the way down the pressure was on our knees and at the bottom we felt like out legs would give out under us. On the way back up, the pressure was in the muscles on the back of our thighs. We even stopped halfway up to catch our breath, rest our muscles, enjoy the view and take pictures.
Once on top we cleaned our shoes and boots, washed our hands, sat and had tea and snacks. We were recharged and ready for the next phase of the journey that was the trip back to Nairobi that would take the whole night.
As I looked at this picture again I realised that the mountain top experience is amazing, exhilarating, breathtaking and full of relief joy and rest but remember there was a hard climb to get up there and there is a hard climb awaiting us on the way down. The exhilaration is the reward of the long arduous climb.
The parallel I could see was the move from one dispensation to another. When we are moving to a new dispensation and are walking in a new understanding of our destiny there will definitely be mountain top experiences. However, there will have been a steep climb to get there.
May the mountain top experience and the expectation of another experience in the near future be the energy we need to keep walking.
There are many parallels to this walk in my life right now and in the past and there will be more in the future. I pray that I will always remember the experience at the top and hold on to Papa’s hand because even as I walk up or down the mountain or as I enjoy the vista at the top….He will never leave my side and I am certain He is true and He will always be beside me.