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Below the Surface

A few days ago I posted a vlog sharing what I spoke about this past Monday.  It was so good to be up on that stage speaking to an auditorium of hundreds of students.  It truly is my passion and nothing fires me up like hearing a crowd laugh at a joke or go deadly silent as the truth of God’s word penetrates their hearts (I hope!)  Either that or they’re all sleeping…

But better than my moments on stage, better than the connection with students, better than the opportunity to boldly speak the word of God…

…better than all of that are the intimate moments I shared with Jesus while preparing for that session.

This weekend my husband graciously took over and told me to go spend some time alone.  I grabbed my bible, journal, a good book, and headed to Starbucks.  With my iced latte and lemon poppy seed cake in hand, I headed to a quiet spot in a nearby park.

The sun shone warm and bright and the air was perfectly still.  A barely-there breeze occasionally rustled the leaves recently escaped from the frozen tomb of winter.  I sat on a bench overlooking the river, still iced over and glimmering in the afternoon rays, and there on that bench the Lord met me, as He always does when I take a moment

just

for

Him.

And there on that bench, I asked a simple question.

“What do you want to speak to me today?”

My eyes were drawn again to the frozen water below and He began to speak. 

He showed me the state of my heart – somewhat like the river below.  The surface frozen over by distraction, busyness, striving. But just below the that thin, icy layer, a powerful river surged…a river of His Holy Spirit, living inside of me, flowing to the rhythms of

HIS GRACE,

HIS HEART,

HIS WILL.

“Lord break up the frozen places in me”, I prayed. “Melt away everything that keeps me from responding to you – to your love.”

And as I sat in the glow of Saturday’s sunshine, my heart was warmed back to the Lover of my soul.

This is my prayer for you today:

“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.” – Hosea 10:12

 

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4 thoughts on “Below the Surface

  1. That is powerful Heather. So powerful. Breaking up unplowed ground..or even hardened plowed ground…is hard work…but so worth it. Thank you for this!

  2. bless you as you continue to write and speak – a powerful way for God to continue to use you. I love love love the pictures – they speak to me because it’s my home away from home.
    “I sit down alone. Only God is here; In his presence I open, I read his books; And what I thus learn, I teach.” John Wesley

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