______________________________________________________________When it seems like Heaven is silent....
Remember the story of the woman in Mark 14, whom Cece Winans sang a song,”alabaster box” about? As I sit here pondering on few things, that song came to me. Sometimes, the future look so bleak and blurry, and its easy sometimes to be caught up in our little worlds of “Hows?” and “Whens?”, “Where?”, “Who?”……and yeah, we read it, hear it all the time-Trust God! Or, wait on the Lord!....The reality however is, so long as we are humans, perhaps just a little bit, sometimes, we really want to know what we want to know….or maybe even catch a tiny glimpse of it. And how so quickly do we wonder “where is God in the middle of all these?” or “what happened to all the promises?”….Needless to say, these questions and more are asked by countless number of people, everyday, everywhere, in every language, tongue and tribe. I think back on Bible days and wonder if those people share the same sentiments with us in this day and age…..No? I think yes! Everytime the story of this woman is told, we hear about a symbol of worship. How she humbled herself at the master’s feet, wept on them, dried them with her hair and oiled them with perfume. As much as yes! It was her worship, I believe the story, has a deeper revelation in it. This woman, just like us all, had unanswered questions in her mind. “How can I get my prayers answered?”, “How on earth can he ever forgive my many sins?”, “when will I get out of this financial mess?”, “when will my estranged husband and prodigal children return home?”, “ when will I have somebody I can call my own?”, “will I ever get pregnant, Lord?”, “what about this business that isn’t doing well, Lord?”…amongst so many others. This woman understood the principle of sowing…..she, in spite of what others around would think, do or say, she thrusted herself humbly at the feet of her Lord and gave of herself selflessly and unreservedly. She cried her questions out, and though she spoke no words, everything she said was heard. After she finished weeping, by faith, she wiped the tears with her hair, in my understanding, saying : its over! No more tears! This too shall pass! After wiping, she brought out her little jar of alabaster and she sprayed it on the feet of Jesus-and that to me speaks volumes! This will not just pass. My crying will not just end. A sweet aroma is coming out of this! Testimonies amidst testimonies will spring forth out of this. After my trials, I will triumph, testimonies will come out of my tests, and my mess will become a message for generations yet unborn! That was all she did-not in words, but by her deed. Little wonder Jesus openly declared after seeing what this woman did in faith-“Your sins are forgiven!”, “Your FAITH has saved you, go in peace!”,-Your testimony has started!, Your husband and children are returning home!, Your business starts to prosper!, No more financial breakdown! Etc etc….I can imagine what this woman’s life became after that encounter/experience. She must have become a totally new person, changed forever! All prayers answered! Perhaps you say, “but I have cried!”, or “Ain’t I a worshipper already?”…..Maybe you have/are! But do you BELIEVE? Have you FAITH? Faith does not look at the clock for God-because he is God and he will do as he pleases….when it pleases him! When he said to Abraham-“I will give you a child”, He didn’t say WHEN. And it got to a stage, Abraham tried to help God, and went ahead to get his servant pregnant-who wouldn’t? However, when the APPOINTED time came, the promise came, and though it tarried, it DID NOT tarry! The only qualification Abraham had, with which he used to pass the test of “sacrifice your ONLY son to me” was the qualification of PATIENCE and TRUST. He had learnt those two in the decades of waiting for the promise of this child, and when God asked back for it, he didn’t even think twice to question him or hesitate, because he just KNEW that somehow, the promise of “NATIONS will come out of you” will come to pass any which way! So beloved, when sometimes it seems like HEAVEN IS SILENT, and all roads lead to the very many questions-remember, God is God, and He demands that His children TRUST him completely. FAITH provokes God to ACT. The three Hebrew boys, Daniel, and many others readily come to mind. The only thing I cannot safely tell you is WHEN…but will God answer or will he not? I KNOW He WILL…….for, Heaven is NOT ALWAYS SILENT!
'Peculiar' (not real name) is one of the Christian sisters I have been privileged to meet on the Internet. ANd her words above are just encouraging and uplifting.
Let me add some personal words .....
Pastor Adeboye preached at my church last Sunday, and his message was "Wind of Change", and the verse was Psalm 150:6. Just simply what we hear everyday.........Let everything that has breathe, PRAISE the Lord! He preached on that simple message! That if one still has breathe, they should just praise the Lord and all will be well! God is Alive! And we are Alive! And we should just praise God!!!! ALL THE TIME!!!!
As long as there is life, there is hope!!!
I dont wanna preach in here, but I remember another pastor at the Festival of Life Celebration last weekend who said that we cant have a testimony with no test!!! And we have to go through the PROCESS to get to the PROMISED LAND AND PALACE!! I LOVE JOSEPH. He went through the PIT, THE PROCESS, THE PRISON, TO THE PALACE!!!
Imagine if he had been grumbling and being nasty to everyone in the PRISON, he would never have made it to the PALACE.
I LOVE the story of the GEODES as told by Joyce Meyer, (i have written a lot about it here on NR, and on my blog), but the summary is that they are very ugly on the outside, but filled with gems on the inside!
SO, WHEN HEAVEN SEEM SILENT, REMEMBER THAT JUST LIKE THE GEODES, GOD IS CREATING AWESOME, SHINNING CRYSTALS AND GEMS ON THE INSIDE!! AND WHEN YOU LOOK UGLY ON THE OUTSIDE, THE WORLD MAY TAUNT AND EMBARRASS AND LAUGH AT YOU!! IT IS OK, ITS JUST ANOTHER GOD'S WAY OF PROTECTING YOU FROM THEIR EVIL EYES! BECAUSE DEEP INSIDE, THE CRYSTALLIZATION PROCESS IS TILL GOING ON UNDISTURBED! AND CRYSTALLIZATION HERE COULD BE THE MOLDING OF YOUR CHARACTER SO THAT WHEN YOUR BREAKTHROUGH COMES, YOU STILL REMAIN IN GOD'S WILL!!!)
EVENTUALLY, WHEN THE GEODE IS OPENED, ALL MANNERS OF EXPENSIVE GEMS MATERIALIZE! THAT IS YOUR TESTIMONY TIME! WHEN PEOPLE GO FROM.."ISNT THIS THAT MAN/WOMAN WHO COULD NOT FEED HIM/HERSELF JUST YESTERDAY?"......THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD KNOW THAT GOD ALONE DID IT!
WHEN HEAVEN SEEMS SILENT, DO YOUR PART, TRUST GOD LIKE A FOOL! STAY IN FAITH NO MATTER WHAT!! REFUSE AND DENY THE COUNTERFEIT HELP/ASSISTANCE DEVIL MAY BRING YOUR WAY TO REDUCE YOUR 'PAIN'! MAKE GODLY CHOICES!!!
TAKE THE NARROW ROAD THAT LEADS TO VICTORY AND TAKES YOU HOME TO GOD!