I was praying with someone during the worship service as they felt off spiritually and distant from God. The key word used was cloudy. Like they were in a haze spiritually and couldn't really get into the service. A lot had been going on in their life at that point and they were extremely busy juggling so many things!
As we were praying I saw a picture of hard soil that was dry and tired. When you would pour water on it, it wouldn't soak up into the soil. The conditions of the soil did not allow it to get the nutrients of the water it needed. What he needed in the moment was a monsoon of God's Spirit and presence to soften the hardness he was feeling. Then it hit me, he needed to get in the middle of the worship service, raise his hands, belt out the words (even if he didn't feel like it) and let the work of God start there.
He needed to position himself to receive from God. Because God wasn't withholding but he needed to get in the eye of the storm to have the soil replenished and made soft again. So that is exactly what he did, and what a difference it made. Even though every part of him didn't feel like worshiping in the moment, he positioned himself in a mindset and posture to choose to receive.
It makes me wonder how many of us this is the reality of our spiritual walk with God. We long for His presence and power in our lives, but many times the very thing we need to choose to do is the very thing that will position us to receive what God is wishing to give, do and do through us.
If we wait for when we feel like worshipping, following Jesus or growing it may never happen. But if we choose GET IN THE MIDDLE of the storm of what God’s presence and what He is doing, it is in this place that the work of softening that dry and tired soil can happen and the work of His Spirit can transform our lives, our circumstances and our faith. So my challenge is this: Get in the middle of His love! Get in the middle of His plan! Get in the middle of His work!
Drake currently serves as the Editor-In-Chief of boldcupofcoffee.com and the Executive Pastor at gateway.ac as well as an avid speaker, writer and leadership coach/consultant. Drake is passionate about seeing people thrive and come alive. To BELONG, wrestle with what they BELIEVE and BECOME people FULL OF LOVE, FUELLED BY FAITH, and ADDICTED TO HOPE. Drake is also a life learner and loves being challenged to think deeper and grow further. One of his favorite things to do is spend a good amount of time in a good café or coffee shop with a good book or engaging conversation. To be able to share in someone else's journey and experience is always a pleasure and honor. You can also connect with him at your personal page at drakedelongfarmer.com. To read more articles by Drake, simply click here.
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