Hidden-ness

I remember this message I heard in Toledo a year or so ago about knowing the season you are living in. It was something I never really thought about until then and I reflect on it sometimes when I feel change to understand how to flow in those times.

Says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven …  10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live

A lot in there haha, I’ll start with this though, I visited BG and Toledo a few weeks ago and man that trip was so refreshing for me. Since then things have been going really solid (besides someone busting my car window…while I was at KHOP lol) for me, like I’ve been getting some solid revelation about my time here in Kalamazoo and its been so awesome.

I’ve received some words from some trusted people and have felt them too about my time in Kalamazoo. I knew that my time here was going to be spent more on my own and isolated. I received words from people I know in Toledo and here in Kalamazoo that totally confirmed this and it gave me encouragement.

The words about a challenging time through a “hidden season” that are going to take my roots deeper and deeper. I wanted to receive some birthday glory lol the other day and went to this guest speaker who was from IHOP. Dude (Josh MacDonald) was talking about John 15 and gave insight on it which I never really thought of before.

1I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

Pruning is defined as cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth. As Christians we are told that we need to cut away the things in our lives that aren’t fruitful and grow the ones that are. When I think of pruning I get this negative tone in my mind for some reason and this sense that I’ve done something wrong and need to change and things of that nature.

He started saying that just like how Jesus went into the wilderness to be tested and stuff that being in a season of pruning is a good thing and that the Lord has put us in this season (unless you did something dumb to get yourself in a wilderness season) because we are doing well and He wants us to grow stronger because He knows we are going to walk strongly through it. That this time is only going to be preparing us for the future.

I’ve been doing my thing but things just haven’t seemed the same with God. It has been a bit challenging so thinking about the pruning season, it kind of makes sense the more I thought about it. Like things are going pretty solid for me and in my prayer life asking the Lord to help me down the road with relationships, marriage, children, jobs, revival, and all of the future things ha has been some of the things on my mind. So having the Lord help me take care of those issues right now and not struggle (as much) down the road is awesome ha, well sure there will be some problems but preparing for that now will only help me grow stronger in my faith and as a true Godly man.

Dude told cool story about how he ran through the ministry ladder quick fast and the Lord pretty much showed him failure and had him in this type of season so that he wouldn’t burn out and that his family life and pretty much everything wasn’t affected by the way things were going for him.

I know that this time may be rough cause I mean being isolated can take a toll and the enemy can speak through that and try to hinder the power/authority I have. The secret place is special and that is where the work has to be put in. I can’t just expect for this growth to happen without chasing it, studying it, or working at it. You can’t expect to step up to the mound and throw strikes with all your pitches without working at it. Takes work. Same is true.

Yeah so that’s kind of what I’ve had in my head past few days. This season of kind of battling through things I have in my life that I need to take care of or grow upon. It’s gonna be hard at times but its worth it you know. Going back to the start of this, like knowing that I’m in this season and not getting frustrated with it but knowing it is for the better. Then at the same time doing this internship which takes a good amount of time ha.

I was at KHOP the other day and we did this cool thing where we sang the chorus of Worthy of it All to each side of the room declaring it to each direction of the city ha was powerful man … I also love sharing Upper Room’s spontaneous sets haha.

Peace & Love

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