I must have read these words a hundred times: “Trust God no matter what” and “Thank God for everything (even if the circumstances are horrific)”. My normal human mind rebels against thanking God in bad times or when something bad happens. But it has been my experience that all someone has to do is take the same concepts and rewrap the package and present it in a different way for the LIGHT to go on.
A dear friend gave me this book for my birthday entitled, “Jesus Calling”. It is in that book that the concept gets presented in a different light by the One Person who can qualify to do it. Jesus. I will quote what He says: “When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses, and they can lift you above your circumstances.”
Supernatural responses! So what Jesus is saying is that by trusting Him and thanking Him, it automatically lifts you out of the physical realm into His Spiritual realm, where the physical doesn’t matter. It’s like walking through a door from one reality to another. He also says in that book that He is more REAL than our physical surroundings. Well isn’t that something to make you pause and think! He….in the invisible…is more real than our visible. How can that be? This alone is a work that will stretch you. I’m still working on that one and will report back when I have a glimmer of what it might mean and how to present it so others can understand. That’s actually really important.
I remember watching this show a long time ago called Joan of Arcadia. In it the teenager, Joan, has encounters with God in many different forms. In one scene (and I forgot how God came to her. He might have been the janitor in that episode) Joan complains that her life is a mess. God replies, “It looks fine from where I am.” That one sentence stayed with me because I realized no matter how things appear to be through my earthly eyes, they are totally different in God’s eyes.
Jesus is also good at getting very intimate. He says in that same book (which I recommend to everyone!) that He can read me like a book with large print! When I read that my cheeks felt flushed. LOL!! 😮
I sometimes stop and think about all this. About Him. I don’t think we fully appreciate what we have here. Here is Being who just isn’t powerful…HE IS POWER…coming to reside within us Christians. He is trying to teach us how to live, not just in this temporal life but in the permanent one, in the supernatural realm of where He is.
So what happens if we dare to pursue God relentless, to live in His realm while being in this one? How will our entire perspective shift and how small will our physical world become? In what fantastic ways will we change and what will we become? It is a dream of mine.
And by doing this we will really get to know, to understand what it means to be a citizen of Heaven right NOW, while living in on earth. I think God gets all jazzed up when we decide to do this and actually pursue Him. He gets on Fire, too! 😀
What will happen is that we will really be trusting Him and thanking Him no matter what our circumstances. And we will thank Him from the heart.