“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” – CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
It happens once in a while….God places someone or something in your path that rocks your world and shifts the gear on your sanctification process. Anyone else experience this? You are walking along with Jesus- happy with the God you have created, finally understanding your place in your reality- and then suddenly God grabs your hand and starts off at a sprint…
Come with me…I have something to show you, he shouts back over his shoulder.
And so I run…no sprint…to keep up- lungs breathless and legs burning…and I sense it, that just over the horizon is new revelation…new understanding…new holiness, and I can’t wait.
I’ve just begun a new study of God’s words…of his principles…of the Kingdom…and it is transforming my heart. But sometimes, God divinely appoints someone to speak into my life exactly what I didn’t know I was needing , but was searching for, last night was one of those divine appointments.
I stayed after to request a book list of my instructor. I had no thought of spending the next two hours pouring out my questions like a pitcher with a thousand holes in it. With grace and truth he spoke to me and I felt the thousand little heart explosions as truth landed there between us, and what was an easy-paced walk with the Lord, turned into an Olympic record sprint.
Although David had many weaknesses, one thing he did well was to receive the Word of God from the prophets around him. His obedience to God’s truth saved him, grew him and molded him into the “man after God’s own heart” that he was to come. I am thankful that God has placed in my life wise prophets to speak God’s Words into me…words of life and encouragement.
As we crest the hill together, God and I, I see that this is my Adullam – my refuge…my place of learning and of building and of growing and a confirmation sweeps over me that I am in the right place at the right time. The right time to learn how a shepherd becomes a king…
“I need to know you are holding me just as closely as the day you took my life and gave me a vision, as the day you poured the oil and gave me a dream. I can’t believe this is happening. How does a shepherd become a king?”- Sara Groves, Cave of Adullum