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Monday, November 14, 2011

I Can See Clearly Now...

The house is quiet, minus the tick-tock of the clock. Tea is in hand, laptop is opened, pen and notebook are ready. I’ve been looking forward to this time all day - my time to sit, reflect on God's direction, organize my thoughts, and write.  I open my red, spiral companion and allow her to remind me of all the ideas that have dashed through my mind. So many ideas: layout designs, new topics, potential series, upcoming holiday posts, music, quotes, blogs to visits, scriptures - the list is ever growing.

I log online, open a new post and set my fingers in place. Suddenly, my mind goes blank! I look to my constant companion for help… nothing. I read over her entries, wondering which one God wants me to pursue. Still…nothing. They all seem like a jumbled mess. I try to write again, but end up staring at a white screen. Frustration takes hold. These precious moments are slipping away. I stop, try to collect my thoughts. In the busyness of the day, my mind and soul are full to overflowing, filling up pages. Now, in the stillness, clarity eludes me. Then it hits me: this is another spiritual attack!

Of course! It makes perfect sense now! I can't believe I didn't see it before!!

My mind reflects on a recent post,
God at Work, where I shared how God had been working in my heart, but fears and insecurities were polluting my mind, soul and sleep. Since the post, I have been engaged in a battle. With my sword of the Spirit in hand, I have been throwing scriptural punches like Holyfield defending his heavy-weight title. Every time a thought creeps in, I swing with another jab of truth. I have felt my opponent getting weaker (or so I thought). Now I realize he has only changed his strategy. Instead of using my fears and insecurities, he has been clouding my mind just at the time when I am most productive. In his true, sneaky style, he has used the thoughts God intends for ministry, twisting them into a fog of confusion. He has robbed me of valuable quiet time, time when I am able to give God my undivided attention. Well, NO MORE!! I'm wise to his new trick. I cry out for clarity, confident in the promise that greater is HE that is in me, then he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)!

The battle rages on, as it always will. Our enemy will never stop trying to destroy the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the growth of the church and the work of the saints. Am I still fearful, insecure...blank? NO WAY! I am excited!! I can see clearly again!! And my guard it up, watching for his next strategy change. I believe that if the enemy is threatened enough to attack, then that is God's confirmation that I'm right where He wants me!

What about you? Do you feel spiritually attacked, beaten down, overwhelmed by the task set before you? Or Have you walked through the valley and found His promises to be true - we are more than conquerors? I'd love to hear from you.

 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11 (NIV) 



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