Small Straws in a Soft Wind by Marsha Burns
By Marsha Burns
Small Straws in a Soft Wind
by Marsha Burns
Beloved, do not be surprised when unexpected avenues open the way to answered prayer and spiritual growth. I am moving in ways that seem to be mysterious to you but will ultimately perfect and bring to completion those things that concern you. Refuse to give up at this crucial time; keep pressing on. Clarity will come when you can look back and see that My ways are higher than your ways. Trust Me to have your best interests at heart, says the Lord.
Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Jesus, as a rabbi, chose disciples into whom He would pour His life — not just teach them information, but disclose His heart. These disciples observed Him in every setting. They had backstage passes to His most intimate moments. They were welcomed into His private dealings. Jesus' disciples — with all this up close access — made a connection between His life of prayer and His life of power, and they asked Him to teach them to pray.
The wind of the Holy Spirit is always blowing, but there needs to be something for that wind to "blow into". God looks for us to put up our sails that His wind might blow into our sails to take us where He wants us. When we step out in new ways it is like putting up our sails for the winds of His Presence. It takes some effort on our part to find out just how to put up those sails. In our times with God the light of revelation gives us guidance on just what to do. God inspires us to do things that His wind might find something to blow upon. Sometimes it may seem like we are putting up our sails but the wind is not blowing. Persistence is necessary to find His wind, discovering what works and where the wind is blowing.
Time - that space between planting and harvesting, between promise and fulfillment. Living in a world where we are widely accustomed to instant gratification, the concept of having to wait can be frustrating. Yet if we understand the purpose and potential of these times, we can learn to cooperate with God and enjoy the journey. Many live with a sense of destiny and promise but struggle to see how it can be fulfilled in the light of their present circumstances. That can be a frustrating situation, especially when they see how God is already moving in the lives of others. It invites all sorts of questions: Why not me? I know God has called me to greater things, so why do I feel stuck where I am? What am I doing wrong? When will God fulfill the promises He gave me?