Over the last few weeks, the Lord has been speaking to my heart about blogging. I know that I am supposed to be writing...even if it's for an audience of One...so...I write. As the weeks have passed, I am seeing the Lord beginning to stretch me. 1 Choronicles 4:10 keeps coming to mind. It is fondly known as the Prayer of Jabez... I have read this passage several times but have been pondering in my heart WHY this scripture continues to come to the forefront of my mind. So, I pulled out the Word and looked it up again.
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!" And God granted what he asked."
The Lord is speaking to my heart about comfort zones, and asking me to lend myself to His gentle hand to be stretched. I may not know the entirety of what it means...but I have a clear picture of what he is asking for the now. Confirmation, from people who have NO idea what has been on my heart from the Lord, has come several times! (I love it when He chooses to confirm His will in such an awesome manner that I cannot possibly doubt it is His Might Hand at work.
To many, the changes the Lord has placed upon my heart, won't be noticed...but I will know. My heart will feel the stretching...my FLESH must die off a little more...I must step out of my comfort zone more...and embrace Life of the Outskirts of my normal, and grab hold of My Expanding Horizons all the time holding tight to the hand of my My Lord and Saviour for guidance and peace.
Being stretched isn't easy...more than likely it is hard when we are prompted to lay down the comfort of routine to be moved in new directions. Our lives are so rote, that when the Lord asks us to move out of the ruts we are walking down, He is met, many times, with fear, hesitation...even anger. I DO know, however, that the Lord gives me EVERYTHING I need pertaining to Life and Godliness...that He is the rock on which I stand and He already knows how the story ends! Why do I dread being stretched???
So... I join Jabez and pray:
"Lord, enlarge my borders...stretch me...hold me in your hand and ease the pain that often comes when I am stretched beyond my comfort level...out of the borders of my normal. May I be a spark...even a flicker for your Kingdom."
Is the Lord stretching you? Take JOY in knowing that you are becoming more like Him and walking closer to His will in the end, then when you began! Grace and Peace to each of you!