The last two weeks we discussed the possibility to experience silence in the storm, and we discussed the realities of the storms we are facing.  I hope you were able to identify a few things.

This week I want to address the future, where we are heading towards, or rather, where we are supposed to be heading to… 🙂

How does your ideal picture of no stress and no anxiety look like?   What do you see yourself doing?  What will you be feeling emotionally?  Where will you be?  Who will be with you?  Will you be smelling, touching, tasting something?

If I am in the middle of a storm, I need to be able to see where my help will come from, I need a light, THE light.  I like to think of a lighthouse, a place where there is warning of dangers ahead (like rocks), but also a place of hope (like land).  I need to know where my place of safety is.  

 Hab 2:20

But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him.

the LORD is in his holy temple and I need to keep silence before Him.  Silence in my storm.  Here is the picture the Bible paints of a ”lighthouse”.

Phil 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The light is the peace of God.  our lighthouse is Jesus Christ giving safety for our hearts and minds, the battlefield of the enemy.  When you are in the middle of the storm, you will not be able to see the light if you don’t look up.  It is when we look up that we can start to see the light and have hope.

How does my picture look like for contentment, for silence in the storm, for where I need to be?

 I see a tree, close to a water stream, anchored in the soil, on the rock, and my roots stretches deep to lap up the water from the stream nearby.  My soil is constantly being fertilized by the Word that I get from the Bible, from Sunday service, from friends, from dealing with my insecurities, from growing emotionally and spiritually, and then and only then can I bear fruit.

Gal 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such things there is no law.

When my tree is full of fruit, I know that I am clinging to my lighthouse.  I need to be content with the bounty of fruit.  God must be enough for me.  My one friend recently in a teaching mentioned that God must be enough, even if her dream of becoming a mohter might not realize.  Is God enough for you even though the amount of money you wish for is not coming your way, even if the promotion is out of reach, even if you get no acknowledgement, no appreciation.  Can He be enough for you?

1 Tim 6:6-8

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Phil 4:12-13

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

 

If this was an easy task, I would not need His strength to do all this through.  We need Jesus’s strength to be able to be content, even though we might be in need and also to be content and humble even when I have plenty.  My Spirit must stay meek when I have plenty so that I don’t become conceited.

 1 Pet 3:4

But let it be the hidden man of the heart in that which is not corruptible, even the ornamented of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

I want to ask you again:  

How does your ideal picture of no stress and no anxiety look like?   What do you see yourself doing?  What will you be feeling emotionally?  Where will you be?  Who will be with you?  Will you be smelling, touching, tasting something?

Take time to reflect on this.  Find music, a picture (or pictures), a drawing, a photo, a quote, or a combination of this.  Paint your picture physically by making a vision board, a collage, a powerpoint presentation.  Paint your picture of how the calm in your storm looks like.  Reflect on it often – your ideal might feel far away, but you need to keep that picture in your mind as you will only find your creative path if you know where you are heading towards.  

This journey can be very difficult to take by  yourself.  Let us implement kingdom changes in order to become more balanced with His measures.   Next week I will tackle a few practicalities and ideas on the HOW to…

Until then, God bless

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