You must have heard people talking about what people are made out of when they are squeezed or under pressure.
We all want the innards to be pleasant when we’re squished, but it’s not always the case. I could list countless times when what comes out of me when I’ve been squished or pressed is bitter and not good.
In this instance, it felt different. It felt like my life god is greater than the highs and lows had been the training ground in preparation for this moment.
My journey with God, the highs and lows I had experienced, the resilience, the faith, the relationship with God and my understanding and experience of who He is and what He’s like, dictated everything.
Part of it is that it didn’t feel like I was being squeezed. Perhaps because God had just wrapped me up and tucked me under the shadow of his wing.
Or maybe it was something else.
In the years since, whenever I’ve had the chance to share at Church or on a ministry trip, others have recognized that during that pressing time what came out was a new wine sweet to taste. Faith, joy, love, hope, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
As I mentioned before, I felt like I was prepared.
The wave and the well.
I’ve used this phrase over the years, particularly in the church/bible college context.
The wave signifies the corporate church. Your weekly service altogether, or perhaps daily bible college together.
You are being fed, without it requiring you to do much more other than listening.
Speakers, worship is on a plate. The presence of God fills the room and ministry just flows.
You’ve just been riding the wave. This is why many people falter when they encounter challenges, difficulties and lows in life.
They get knocked off the surfboard they were riding the wave on.
What I mean is, they were always riding someone else’s wave, it was not a personal well (watering hole).
The well is something you’ve dug. It’s your personal watering hole that you can draw from. The thing is, you must fill it.
Filling the well in the highs and lows
Filling a well (your personal relationship with God) is the most important thing you can do.
It isn’t a fair weather thing, in that you only fill it when things are going well and you’ve got some breakthroughs.
You fill it through devotion, through experiencing God, both in the challenging, difficult and pressing times and in the times of victory and glory.
Your well is where you can pull from in the lows when you need encouragement. It’s where you draw from to remind you of His faithfulness, His kindness, His glory!
Even now as I type this I sense the presence of God. I sense Him drawing me to himself as I write this, and I’m reminded of times previous in His presence, seeking His face and longing for more of Him.
He truly is the prize.
God is greater than…
He is everything.
Nothing compares to God. He is the kindest, sweetest, most faithful friend, father, and lover.
His mercy, His love, and His power are matchless and nothing is impossible with God.
This blog took a little pivot as I was writing it, but I hope it blessed you.
As for how I’m doing! God is good and I’m incredibly healthy. I’m in Major Molecular Remission which means it’s a very small % in my blood still, and it’s getting better (lower) every time! Hallelujah.
Wherever you might find yourself today whether it’s a mountain top high or a valley low, know this:
God is for you. No weapon formed against you will prosper. God has good plans for you to prosper you! He is faithful to finish what He has started in you and you can rely on Him. He knows what you need, and is capable to provide. He is worth pursuing not just in our times of need but also in our times of abundance and blessing.