I had a vision recently of a huge flat rock, stories high, and just as wide atop a hill. The sun felt like it was inches away from me. I was drenched in sweat. In this vision, I was leaning on this rock, but I had cords that kept me connected to other things that looked like square buckets. I kept looking back, to get support from these other things as I leaned on the rock. I wanted to make sure I had the proper balance, as each item I was connected to held its own weight, moving in its own time, and had its own little agenda. The wind would lift and one item would sway. The blazing sun would beat down on me, the rock, and all I was connected to, and the items would slip off the plane and then I would have to rescue the item while still leaning on the Rock. I wanted to make sure that all of the cords were connected to me and I wanted to be absolutely certain that I never lost touch with the rock. Eventually, it got so difficult. I became exhausted! I had to let those cords become slack. Some items I had to totally release and wave bye-bye to.
When the vision was done, my eyes flew open and I lay in bed reliving the moving vision God had given me. Hold fast, that still, small voice said, and my entire being relaxed. It had been such a trying week. Work was tough, family was less than pleasant, and friends were hit and miss. Plus, I was pretty much down to my last $4 with 3 days until my next payday. What I wanted was a miracle. I wanted to wake up with a job offer or two on my voice mail, skip to the mailbox and find a check for a few months’ salary thanks to a windfall, float into the living room to a grinning family in their Cosby sweaters and hot chocolate, and later on be treated to dinner by glowing, grinning girlfriends who had no conceivable problems to dump off on me.
But of course that didn’t happen. What did I get? A vision, where God made Himself out to be a ROCK, on a hill, had pressed me against it strung like a marionette and surrounded me with my circumstances. And all He said was Hold fast?!
Let me tell you, it did not take long for revelation to trickle down. I saw myself between those buckets of problems, ideas, influences, and people, and The Rock and became enlightened to the condition of my heart. I was being tried. You see, my prayer had been, “God, get me out of this. Help me.” and God was saying, “You want My help, but I don’t have your trust in these areas. I am helping you.”
Friends, whatever is in us that desires the tangible, in-hand, visible manifestation of promise will be tried. It will be shaken! We will find out how badly we want to hold onto The Rock versus our ‘stuff.’ Don’t get me wrong. Stuff is great…in its place. Sometimes, though, God will allow our stuff to be shaken just to see where we stand. People will call you nuts for believing in “that God stuff” and people will say your dreams are dead. But do what God says, and hold on. The Bible talks about the Refiner’s Fire. That test of purity. Like gold inside a furnace, if we would but HOLD FAST in the midst of the fire, every impure thing will fall away and what will be revealed will draw men by its very nature. God’s spirit shines through in our trials!
In that vision, I got so tired of waiting for everything to align just so that I had no choice but to let some things go. Other things, I had to adjust their connection to me so that I could lean the right way. What is it that you need to release in order to lean more on God? What do you need to adjust? The more we lean on God, the more He can show Himself strong in our lives. I found my rest in The Rock. We may lend our trust to our jobs, to our spouse, to our comforts, to our technology…but these things fade away and we must make it our goal to trust God above all. YES, God has some stuff, some money, a business, a career, that ministry, that release waiting just for you. I truly believe that! What are things to the God who created things?
He will prove Himself as God whether he drops a limo in your lap or you have to shove your Pinto three miles up a hill to get home. Either way, God will search your heart to see whether you leaned on Him, rejoicing in His goodness.
Remember to Lean Hard! You’re going to SHINE after this!!!