As I was getting ready for church yesterday, I asked The Holy Spirit to inspire me. I asked for direction and words that would compel me to write. This inspiration would be appreciated anytime, but loads more helpful if it came early because I planned on writing that afternoon. Wasn't that brazen of me? Arranging my day then asking Him to work in His time? I wanted His message to pour through me so my request was forward and bold which was entirely out of character for me.
I'm trying to be a little braver in my faith and not so timid with asking for Jesus to fill up my life. I have several different size metaphorical pitchers of emptiness hidden inside me. I bet you have some too. I'm learning if you ask Him to fill up these pitchers, the ones you know about like (fears, loneliness, inadequacies) you are inviting Him to pour His love into those areas of your life. It's so simple but yet elusive to so many of us. And better than a surprise gift with purchase at a department store, some of that pouring goodness will spill over into other areas of your life. You will be made aware of the other empty pitchers which still need a little work.
I stared at myself in the mirror. The longer I stared, the less I saw of me. In a few minutes, my image was not there. I wasn't seeing me at all. I was seeing through me. The mirror became a watery vision that I passed through to get to something else. I wasn't blinking. My eyes were locked on nothing and everything at the same time. I was asking Jesus for a direct message but in that request, I no longer saw myself or my insignificant request. In that stillness, it felt like something was vibrating in my soul.
It was bold of me to ask this from Him because I have a tendency to try and manage on my own. I really struggle with seeing God as a parent who has many children with needs far greater than mine. I'm not being a martyr, I just feel that asking for creative inspiration is not really "up there" on His priority list. With God, I don't want to be the one who is always asking for something, but I do whisper "thank you" quite a bit.
Asking Him to pour His divine goodness into your pitchers or buckets, or tubs is similar to asking Him to come into your life and show you THE way. He leads, you follow. I cannot find an actual biblical reference where He waits until you ask Him into your heart. Salvation is not something we do or achieve, it's His gift because we believe in Him. Ask and you shall receive. Knock and the door will be opened. Ask Him to come into your life and He will meet you there every time. He's already there. We are not going FOR the Victory, we are moving ahead because OF the Victory. He has already won. His blood has been poured out for you and He is enough. He is more than enough for everyone.
It feels good and pure and reassuring doesn't it?
While waiting for the family to get ready, I scrolled through Facebook because that's where all writers go while they are waiting on their inspiration. I see the image of a boat and the wake it made as it moved across the water.
Wayne Dyer said - The wake is nothing more than the trail that is left behind and it has no power in the present. It does not and cannot drive the boat. The trail that you have left behind cannot drive your life today, unless you convince yourself that this is the case.
This image and his words really grabbed my attention and I thought about why the message was so important right now. The wake is the trail that is left behind us. So this could be your legacy or how people remember you. Did you send out gentle waves or ones that slapped the shoreline? Was the difference you made positive and replenishing or did you leave behind floods of negativity and disaster?
Wayne suggests that the wake has no affect on your future. It is not propelling you forward or holding you back. The wake is an experience that is over. The boat cutting through the water leaves a wake sending the ducks and broken limbs bobbing in the rolls. It affects others, so does that affect you?
It might be nice to take a quick glance behind you to see how far you've come, but it won't get you to where you are going. What's behind you is just that. If you are constantly turning around to see who might be following you, your path is bound to wobble. (Good advice for those of us who worry about likes and comments.) Watching the ripples are not your future. They are your past.
But what if it's something else? What if we look at Wayne Dyer's quote differently?
What if Jesus, metaphorically, is the boat and we are the wake behind him? What if the ripples in the wake are us following Him, but then reaching others through latitude. Showing kindness in our laps. Seeing the lost on the horizon? Reaching out with our white capped fingers? Bringing fish to the hungry? What if we never take our eyes off of Him, but follow in His wake touching others in the process. If you are following the one who walks on water, then you are the WAKE. You are that which follows Him.
He is pouring into you, so you can flow out into others. He is going through you not because of you. I'm asking you and telling myself, to allow Him to move through your life as easily as water moves in the ocean. He comes through you so that you are a vessel to reach others.
Be the wake and ripples following the one true leader.
Seeds to Share:
Matthew 7:7-8 - Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
John 14:17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.