Life is a playground with God at your side. You swing around and think you are going to fall but He catches you and surprises you in so many ways.
I saw this lady in a salon window. Well a picture of a lady 🙂 I loved the words “awaken the glow”. As the week progressed a random stream of occurrences spoke to me about awakening the glow and how that “glowing” is how we truly look to our Father.
“It doesn’t matter” These words were in the song I heard at the gym. None of the other lyrics really phased me but God was singing to me about his kingdom and lifting my spirits. “It doesn’t matter”, “It doesn’t matter” just washed over me. “It doesn’t matter” speaks to the ways we place significance on what He is already taking care of on our behalf. We walk through life with a finished work perspective.
Later I was reading in John Crowder’s Mystical Union about Philippians 2:12-13 in which Paul exhorts us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. John clarified that Paul was encouraging the Philippians to fear trusting themselves and continue to place their confidence in God knowing it is Him who works in them to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is the process of Christ awareness not some call to work in the flesh. Here is the Arthur S. Way translation of Philippians 2:12-13 shared in Mystical Union:
“Since I am far away…work out, with fear and self-distrust, ay, with trembling self-distrust, your own salvation. You have not to do it In your unaided strength; It is God who is all the while supplying the impulse, giving you the power to resolve, the strength to perform, the execution of His good-pleasure”
This lead me to look up this verse on Escape to Reality. Paul Ellis also had some great insights which helped me hear what God was saying to me.
It was a great comfort to realize that fear and trembling is a normal part of this life of faith. We walk by faith not by sight. Sometimes our emotions are tentative. We disqualify ourselves because we think someone with more faith would do better. The apostle Paul said he did not come with words of wisdom or eloquent speech… He came in fear and trembling and guess who also showed up ? Hint: “A demonstration of the Spirit’s Power”. (1 Cor 2:1-4)
So, I found myself re-qualified. As a analytical, reserved, and sometimes fearful person – I am completely qualified to reveal His glory. The fear and trembling to me is like stage fright. It is like a proof that God wants to step out. That becomes a happy experience when we yield to it.
Enjoy being you.
Know that in your fear, inadequacy, blah blah blah, you are brave, qualified and fully equipped in His reality. You do not have to prove anything, you just have the freedom to flow with Him and experience something of His ocean of love that surges through this earth wanting to love, health, prosper and protect. Remember to splash in the puddles a bit and have some fun with your heavenly Daddy.