Tuesday: Jump In

Growing up, I was never afraid of the dark.
Until I got a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist doll for Christmas one year.
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Now, come on.  That doll is freaking creepy in the daytime.
But receiving that gift also happened around the time my older brother convinced me to watch Poltergeist with him.
FYI: I don’t recommend that for your 8 year olds….
Going to bed after watching that movie, all I could see was that bright red glowing smile.  I’d close my eyes tight and there the smile was again. I thought for sure it was smiling because he was about ready to eat me.
Darkness isn’t always something to be afraid of.
Like I mentioned yesterday, some beautiful and hopeful things are brought out of darkness.
God spoke light into the darkness when He created the Earth.
Jesus defeated death, Hell and the grave when He came out of darkness so He could bring us into everlasting life.
Butterflies wouldn’t even be if it weren’t for a period of darkness and season of the unknown until they emerge as a brand new beautiful creature.
I love this version of Romans 8:24 from the Message:

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

We are enlarged in the waiting.
When I carried my babies, I knew I had a baby in there.  But I didn’t know anything about the baby.  Details, personalities, attitudes, plans, or goals were all unknown to me.  But that mystery didn’t diminish my excitement.  Instead, it made me all the more so!  It gave me things to pray over and dreams to make.

Jump In:
Instead of being sad, defeated, discouraged or fearful, maybe God is calling us to take joy in the waiting.
Could you be in a desert place where you feel like God has forgotten you?  Or could you be in this holding pattern so God can refine you to finish the work He has already started in you?  Could it be an opportunity for you to adjust your attitude about this season?
Revelation 21:5
Phillippians 1:6
Romans 8:24-25
Psalm 63:1
Galatians 6:9
–Ask God to search your heart to see if you have any sin that He wants you to confess.  The condition of your heart may be the thing that is holding back the hand of God in your life.
–Could He be calling you to fast something in your life; a tv show? food? a person? This desert place could very well be a preparation ground for the next level God wants you to go.
–Above all, praise Him.  Thank Him.
Because be confident of this my friend:
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