There is something so reassuring about the Spring season. The sun decides to stay out a little longer. The birds emerge from their winter slumber to serenade those who pass by. Everything dormant now bursts forth with a rainbow of colors and smells.
The prospect of entertaining outside–especially since we have all had to endure a radically different hibernation ourselves this past year–fills me with anticipation. My patio is my favorite room in the house!
For the avid fisherman, the hiker, the camper, the sportsman, the gardener, the farmer, the traveler, the outdoorsy types like me and others, imaginations are full of events to go to and plan for.
Since the pandemic, I have seen many longing for the ‘way it used to be’ or to ‘get back to normal.’ With that said, my words here, I hope, are going to help you understand, we will never be back to normal.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.Lamentations 3:24 KJV
We have never been this way before. In Joshua chapter 3, Joshua and all the children of Israel come to the Jordan (descender) before they passed over. The officers went around the camp telling the people that when they see the Levites lift up the ark of the covenant, start your journey and go after it. There would need to be some space (of time) and a distance of two thousand cubits (social distancing) between them and the ark. Basically, don’t get near it, or they may find out the hard way the judgment of God by touching it–death. They had never passed that way before. In verse 5, Joshua tells the people to Sanctify themselves because the Lord was about to do wonders among them. They were to wait on the Lord for this new way. That’s where we are.
We have a brief moment available to us to separate ourselves from the world and consecrate every part of our lives, public and private, to becoming more like our Father and turning back to our first love.
We are about to see the glory of the Lord manifested here on earth through signs, wonders, and miracles. Those who are willing to heed the call, lean into the Word, and commit to a relationship with the Father, will watch Him work before their own eyes. The Holy Spirit will give utterance to things never seen before as we move towards the Jordan again.
Do not be fearful of this new path. God is not in fear, for He equips those He has called to perform the works of His hand for His glory. We will never be back to normal again. And I, for one, am so excited! I can’t wait to see what the Lord is about to do through the faithful among us.
Sanctify, clarify, glorify, and anticipate the wonders of the Lord among us!
Blessings and honor,
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