Jana is preparing for a marriage retreat. But she will be back on Monday with a special blog about Wrinkle Release!! Some of Jana’s recent posts are available here.
Enjoy this great story from Beth.
So you would think that after my encounter with the ocean waves I would have learned my lesson about fighting against the Lord. Apparently I am a really slow learner.
About a month later, I went to one of my favorite places to spend time with the Lord…a large rock that hangs out over the river. I have many conversations with Him while out there picking pieces and sometimes large chunks off of the rock.
This time I was working particularly hard at trying to get off a large piece that was just loose enough to make me think I could get it. I heard Him again telling me that I was still fighting.
“But I really want to get this piece off.”
“Stop fighting. You don’t have to work that hard. Just worry about the really loose ones.”
I wouldn’t listen. He kept gently repeating Himself and even told me exactly where to go on the rock but I still insisted on trying to get the pieces that just weren’t ready to come off.
I think He finally got tired of me not listening and insisting on fighting so He let me suffer the consequences.
I was looking down at a lot of small cuts and nicks on my hands from where the rock kept breaking off (instead of coming off in chunks like it usually did). The Lord said, “Those hurt didn’t they?”
“Yes,” I said as I went back to pulling on a large piece of stubborn rock.
Then He said, “You know, you’re only getting hurt when you’re fighting. Just stop fighting.”
“I will just as soon as I get this…”
Right at that moment it gave way or at least part of it did…my hand slipped and my finger got cut deep enough that I now have a scar.
Now fast forward about a week. I went back to the rock this time fully committed to working where the Lord told me and only pulling on the pieces He gave me permission to pull on. At one point He said “look where you are.” I looked down to see that I was stretched out as far as I could over the water and that’s when it clicked. I had been upset and angry about cutting my finger because I really was going to obey once I had gotten that piece off. But… had the Lord not stopped me and allowed me to continue while I was still fighting and not listening, I would have been in the river. He had protected me until I was ready to handle what He had for me.