Taking A Work Break To Spend Time With God
This past Saturday I decided to go for a bike ride in the late afternoon. It was a beautiful day. It was sunny, the weather was warm, and I wanted to get out of the house since I spent all of last week writing my upcoming ebook “Perseverance on the Mission Field.”
And guess what? I finished writing my upcoming ebook! I will share more details about that later 🙂 Since my eyes were super sore from writing for hours and hours every day, I knew a nice bike ride was going to help to clear my thoughts. God speaks to me powerfully through nature and was looking forward to spending time with the Lord during my bike ride.
I rode my bike to a park that my fiancee and I had been to many times, and then I decided to get on a bike trail. But instead of taking the same direction I always take on the trail, I decided to ride in the opposite direction. As I rode my bike, I listened to the sound of water in the lake that was adjacent to me.
Since it was about 4:30ish, the sun was starting to set, the view of the sun and the lake was beautiful.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
A Familiar Surrounding
When I reached the end of the bike trail, I got to another park that I’d never been to before. I parked my bike and sat down on a bench to spend time with Jesus. Seeing the children swinging on the swings reminded me of when I was a kid. My life was simple.
As I gazed at the parents swinging their children on the swings, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of joy from the Lord. Seeing families spending time together used to make me really sad, but I could see the future of my fiancee and me through the families at the park. At that moment, I’d realized I’d broken new ground.
Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick But Desire Realized is a Tree of Life
I’m kind of a hopeless romantic at heart. I’ve always dreamed of what it would be like to be married to the woman of my dreams, and now that I’m engaged, I’m gonna find out real soon. I know that my future marriage with my fiancee won’t be perfect, but I look forward to raising up children someday that know who they are and Whose they are.
It wasn’t too long ago that I’d almost given up on getting married. It wasn’t long ago that I’d almost given up on someday having children of my own who love God and will bring Heaven to Earth. But being engaged to an amazing woman of God isn’t the only thing I’m looking forward to.
Marriage is not just about having a desire of the heart fulfilled, but more importantly, it’s about two people partnering with God in destroying the works of hell for a living.
Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you (Leviticus 26:8).
Marriage isn’t about people building a life for themselves. It’s about teaming up with a lifelong companion so that two can bring more people into Heaven together than they could bring on their own.
Breaking New Ground
Stepping into uncharted territory can be scary. But, we can’t grow in the love and in the power of God without taking steps of faith into things that are unfamiliar. One of the things I’ve learned is that the more intense my season gets, the more time I need to spend with the Lord in my secret place.
It takes a lot of perseverance to keep moving forward into what God has created you for. Even though I know that God is good, my feelings don’t always line up with that reality. It’s important to discover how you get your batteries recharged because that will be your weapon against the devil. It’ll also tell your feeling the truth.
The devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but Jesus came to heal, restore, and bring joy. Nothing is impossible. Breaking new ground is a way of life for those of us who know why we’re alive and who we’re supposed to impact.
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