Summer days are winding down, as I write, the calendar page today is showing the glorious month of September. My birth month…
The coolness in the air is a reminder, a memory of what was and what is yet to be. The leaves are too quickly turning yellow and fluttering to the ground in the late summer breezes; the sun is rising later and setting earlier. All of these signs of nature are a reminder that we cannot stop, change or slow down the hands of time.
And I have questions in my heart. Have I lived summer fully, have I fully embraced this particular season of life? Did I slow down enough to take the time to understand what this season might entail?
Most important of all, have I done the things God put on my heart or was I too caught up in wanting to do my own thing to listen for the steps of obedience He was hoping I would take? Did I search for Him, who alone has the perfect plans for me, a purpose for each plan, a time for each to unfold in my life; did I pay attention to what He has wanted to create in me?
Apart From Him, there is nothing I desire to do. Apart From Him, anything I do has no value for eternity. In Him alone I live, breathe, and experience fullness of Him in my very deepest parts.
I have been learning to sing the song of the gold ever since I realized I am the gold, the greatest treasure of His heart. When He speaks to me, He is speaking to and calling forth the gold in me. He sees in me the perfection of a completed work lacking nothing. I am the gold and I have a song!
His desire is that we would change our mindset and see how He considers us as gold, emptied of all dross. When He speaks to the gold, He is hoping we will learn to think and speak the gold – which is the glorious Word of God! The Psalmist declared in Psalm 119:72 that the words of His mouth are greater than much gold and silver and that it is the pure gold of God’s Word that refines us, sifts us, analyzes us and it is the life power of His Word that creates change within us.
How sweet it has been to see God answer prayers, make dreams come true…how amazing to know He makes our dreams come true. He hears us when we call out to Him and answers with fullness the prayers we have prayed.
The key of course begins with us. We must pray and we must do the dreaming and the imagining in order for God to complete the cycle and do abundantly above and beyond all that we could ask, think or imagine. He meets us exactly where we are. If we do not pray, if we do not imagine and dream, He continues in His waiting upon us.
Isaiah 30:18 in the Amplified shows this thought so clearly:
The Lord earnestly waits expecting, looking and longing to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed, happy, fortunate, to be envied are all those who earnestly wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him, for His victory, His favour, His love, His peace, His joy and His matchless, unbroken companionship!
Several years ago I asked the Lord what time it was in my life. He said, “It is the time of rest, restoration and recompense of God.”
Another calendar page has turned; another year has passed since hearing those words. Today, I really hear those words and I see them as a picture.
The “rest” is like the calendar itself, that upon which everything is written. I rest in Him, I trust in His unfailing love and never ending goodness towards me, I rest knowing He has done a perfect and complete work in my life and I am lacking nothing. I rest in His embrace of love and no longer try to “make” something work, I choose His perfectly planned will for me and make the decision to enter into the fullness of that.
Rest is the first layer.
Upon the layer of rest, “restoration” is laid and comes about as a fruit of the resting and testing and trusting in God. When Adam and Eve ate the disallowed fruit, the “gold” in them became dross filled. Restoration has returned to me and to you that which sin tried to remove. He restores us so that we are in even better condition, He continually restores us, He never ceases in His restorative work in us. He re-establishes in our hearts the way He intends for us to live.
Restoration has revealed itself in material ways as well. Things that I only ever dreamed of possibly having I have today. Restoration is happening in relationships and they too are in the process of a new level of richness.
The aspects of my life that have been touched by God’s restorative hands have awarded me with blessing and recompense. I willingly lay my life before Him to shape and mould, changing me to bear the Image of the fullness of the Son and He gives so much when we do that.
He has been lifting Himself up watching and waiting for me, hardly being able to contain His desire to show mercy and loving kindness to me. As I have come to the Lord look at the gifts He gives! To me He gives His victory, His favour, His love, His peace, His joy and His matchless, unbroken companionship!
Experiencing these is an incredible impetus to waiting upon Him and they are an incredible, unexpected recompense in their greatness.
I am off now for two weeks to holiday at the Lake. There I fully intend to swim in the River of His Love so that my heart burns with the passion of His fiery love. I can feel it already…