Last week we learned when standing in a dry place the battle has to be fought on our knees in prayer. We cannot straddle the fence with doubt and when your spirit is thirsty… “And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
You are not a magician.
As a single parent, the harder you try getting your child on the right path; he/she keeps going in the wrong direction, seemingly on purpose. Thus making your life issues even more difficult. Fear begins overshadowing you as you question your parenting skills and how they may affect your child’s decisions in the future. You began walking down ‘Presumptions Path’ without even praying this thing through. You are not a magician. You can’t just pull the answers out of a hat or thin air. Did you really consult the LORD about this? Or were you asking everybody’s opinion and not praying for instruction? If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5) Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
There was a time when you found yourself in a corner you came out fighting like Mohammad Ali and won. But now, instead of having the knockout punch the knockout punch has you. You are in a dry place and can’t see through the sandstorms of trials swarming about you. In your heart you feel like your mind has fallen off Reality’s cliff and the only things keeping you in mid-air are the scraps of stable emotions you didn’t toss out with the bowl of madness last week. For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. (Proverbs 24:16)
…looks more like an abstract painting; instead of organized thoughts.
Do you have a vision or are you in panic mode where the totality of your thoughts looks more like an abstract painting; instead of organized ideas. You see all the people you know in their catamarans sailing up the ‘River of Success’, waving as they go by. While you are still landlocked in the middle of nowhere —your mind tries escaping to anywhere. You are in a dry place. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
You may be in a dry place, but you do not have to stay there! What do you do when finding yourself in such a position? When in the middle of No-Man’s Land clueless of any strategy, consider Hagar’s predicament, after being sent away for fear of her son, Ishmael, being joint heirs with Isaac. This Egyptian bondwoman and her son were expelled, from a tent of life, with nothing more than bread and a bottle of water, into the desert. They had no other options. After wondering in the desert of Beersheba all their water was spent, so she placed Ishmael under a bush because she did not wish to see him suffer and die. She lifted up her voice and wept. As the shadow of death crept upon him, God heard his “silent cry”. Because he was too weak to lift up his voice, and provided water sparing his life. In this deliverance the boy grew, dwelt in the desert and became an archer. (Gen. 21:14-21)
Sometimes we may find the desert a place of refuge—a habitation of protection from the hand of the enemy for a season. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
God knows exactly where we are. And even when it looks like it is down to the last possible moment. You must remember, He is omnipresent—everywhere at the same time. Even in your silent suffering, he can hear your desperate cries for help. He hears your wordless cries. (Genesis 4:10)
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Stay tuned for the conclusion. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!
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