Creating Readiness

Remember the song, “I can see clearly now the rain has gone. I can see all obstacles in my way.” Well, there are times in life when the fog is so dense that you can’t see what’s 5 feet in front of you and it’s times like this that we must learn to rely on other senses. Today, I’m speaking about things that are not seen with our natural eyes nor heard with our natural ears. Things that only certain people seem to see and hear. Then I ran across what Jesus said in Matthew 13:11-15 Message Translation.

The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”

He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. I don’t want Isaiah’s forecast repeated all over again:

Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing.
    Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing.
The people are blockheads!
They stick their fingers in their ears
    so they won’t have to listen;
They screw their eyes shut
    so they won’t have to look,
    so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face
    and let me heal them.

There have been times when I read the Word and it’s like God speaks to me directly through what I read. When I try to encourage others with what God said to me, they look at me like ‘deer in the headlights’ and say, “That makes absolutely no sense to me at all!” For a season, I wondered if maybe I missed it, but I realized that not everyone wants to see. Not everyone even wants help. They just want to talk about their problems, even have people feel sorry for them.

I’ve always been open to God speaking to me. I remember conversations with God while sitting in an open field, pouring out my heart, my grief, things I had a hard time verbalizing. I was 15. It changed my life when I realized He was more than a big God sitting on His throne in Heaven. He was a God who hears and He still hears today. I will never be too busy to spend time in His presence, giving Him my worship and thanks, asking Him what I can do for Him today.

The only way you can encounter revelation and understanding is when you determine to spend time in His presence. Things you couldn’t see become clear. Answers that alluded you become obvious. When you make an effort to stop thinking on your problem and meditate on His promises, He shines a light directly on the path He wants you to take, than He leads you beside still waters and restores your soul. What a great and precious gift we have in His Word.

Today, as you try to navigate through the fog, take a moment and connect with your Heavenly Father who has the ability to lead you to the other side with deep revelation and insight. Don’t miss what could be the greatest adventure you’ve ever had simply because you’re too busy.

Father, I’m expecting to have fun today. Life is never dull when I’m on a journey that You’ve designed just for me. I will arise and shine as a light in this world where we walk together. May those who walk in darkness be drawn to Your great light. It’s in Jesus’ name, amen.

Creating Readiness Together,

Sandy G

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