Wilderness Journey

WILDERNESS JOURNEY

 

ASK

I am an empty vessel.  Fill me, Lord!

I was a broken vessel.  You healed me, Lord!

I am in the desert, lost, empty, waiting for You to fill me.

How did I get here?

Did I take a wrong road?

I feel so alone.

My strength fails me, yet I know You are with me, right beside me.

You have been there all through my life.

You have saved me from destruction and pulled me out of the pit more than one time.

 

SEEK

I am looking, I feel Your presence – just out of reach.

I have left no stone unturned yet I have not found You.

I must be looking in the wrong places.

I want to find the place where You are everywhere.

I feel compelled to keep working, to keep looking, to keep striving.

I feel exhausted.  My enemies are laughing and saying, “Where is your God?”

I am an empty vessel, cast out in the desert.

 

KNOCK

Where is the door?

I want to enter in.

What in me is preventing this?

I’ve been to the secret place but I seem to have lost my way.

I want to come back.

I am knocking.  You have promised to open the door.

Open the door of my heart.

Enter, Lord, You are welcome, desired, craved.

I am an unworthy, empty vessel.  Fill me, Lord!

Without You, I cannot exist.

I do not trust second-hand knowledge: so many things can interfere.

I need first-hand experience.

I need to walk in Your garden.

I see Your garden gate.  I am knocking.

Please open it.

My heart is breaking.  I need You.

I surrender, Lord.  Your will, not mine.

 

RAIN

A deluge is transforming the desert!

I am an empty vessel, buoyant, carried by the flood of Your grace.

I am a once-empty vessel, overflowing with Your love.

 

©2020 Sharon A. Yutzy

History ignored will be repeated

History ignored will be repeated

If we chose to ignore the shameful, uncomfortable, ignorant, or criminal past, we place ourselves in a vacuum of future failure.  We need to acknowledge the past, ask the Lord, how we got ourselves into such a place, then ask Him to help us repent, change our belief systems and grow from the past mistakes.

On the other hand, reminding everyone of their mistakes over and over is just as dangerous.  It brings shame and anger alive and causes rifts and bitterness to flourish, where forgiveness and peace need to grow.

We choose both how we deal with our pasts and how we move on into our futures.  Will we learn what caused the problems in the first place?  Will we ask the hard questions that need godly answers?  Will we repent for our part in the problems, asking God and the offended to forgive us?

If we can face the shame and ask God to lead us out of the past failures, into a greater place of communication, caring for each other, getting rid of the selfishness of the “Me” generations, then perhaps our families, cities, and nations will start to mature and grow up into caring individuals looking out for each other.

This horrible blame game and finger-pointing needs to stop!  It is so counter-productive to human growth and maturity.  It is childish and very selfish.  Each person’s view of the past is different and only when we forgive each other, and chose to leave the past in the past, can we move on.

Father God, help our families, our cities, and nations to deal with the past with forgiveness, kindness and allow us to grow to care about each other in a new way.  Help us to look to You for guidance.  Heal our nations we pray in Jesus’ Name.

2Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Daniel 9:19

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Mar 11:25,26 TPT

“And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults.   But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”

Luke 6:37 TPT

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over. “

Luke 17:1-4 TPT

One day Jesus taught his disciples this: “Betrayals are inevitable, but great devastation will come to the one guilty of betraying others. It would be better for him to have a heavy boulder tied around his neck and be hurled into the deepest sea than to face the punishment of betraying one of my dear ones! So be alert to your brother’s condition, and if you see him going the wrong direction, cry out and correct him. If there is true repentance on his part, forgive him. No matter how many times in one day your brother sins against you and says, ‘I’m sorry; I am changing; forgive me,’ you need to forgive him each and every time.”

Matthew 5:43-48

“Your ancestors have also been taught ‘Love your neighbors and hate the one who hates you.’ However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them.   For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil.  What reward do you deserve if you only love the loveable? Don’t even the tax collectors do that?   How are you any different from others if you limit your kindness only to your friends? Don’t even the ungodly do that?    Since you are children of a perfect Father in heaven, you are to be perfect like him.”

 

Have a little talk with Jesus Worship Team

Worship Team singing "Have a little talk with Jesus"

Have A Little Talk With Jesus”

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart in love and it wrote my name above
And just a little talk with my Jesus made me whole

Have a little talk with Jesus tell him all about our troubles
Hear our fainted cry answer by and by
Feel a little prayer wheel turning know a little fire is burning
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Sometimes my path grows drear without a ray of cheer
And then a cloud of doubt may hide the day
The mists of sin may rise and hide the starry skies
But just a little talk with Jesus clears the way

Have a little talk with Jesus…
I may have doubts and fears my eyes be filled with tears
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
I go to him in prayer he knows my every care
And just a little talk with my Jesus makes it right
Have a little talk with Jesus…
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right
(Cleveland Derricks)

We need to be more Mary than Martha in this hour

We need to be more Mary than Martha in this hour

Luke 10:38-42  (ERV)

38 While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. 39 She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. 40 But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. 42 Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.”

The Lord spoke to my heart this morning.  He said we need to have the heart attitude of Mary and lessen Martha’s attitude.  Both of these sisters loved Jesus.  In reading the passage above, there is an implication that Martha was the oldest of the siblings.  If that is the case it would explain a lot of why Martha was so “busy” preparing for Jesus and the apostles’ visit to their home.  It was her responsibility to have a meal ready, the home welcoming, and make the guests comfortable.  More than likely, Mary would have been helping her in these tasks.  On this occasion, Mary was so caught up in the presence of Jesus, she ignored all the usual physical responsibilities to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen.

The one phrase from the Scripture above shows the heart of Martha; “doing all the work that had to be done”.  There had to be food prepared, there had to be mats put out for the guests to sit upon, there had to be water to wash their feet upon entrance into the house.  Mary ignored all that to sit with Jesus and hear what He had to say.  We cannot judge Martha, we can understand her and see where she missed her opportunity to be with Jesus also.  She chose to fret about perfecting the home-welcome, instead of welcoming the Lord.

We are in the same place this year.  We have been so focused on survival, on doing the best we can to keep our homes, our families, our ministries, etc… going that we have neglected sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing what He has to say.  We are missing time with Him, building relationships.  May we resist being too busy to be with Him.

Trusting God = Relaxing in Peace

Looking at this photo gives a lot of us a creepy feeling.  The road seems to narrow and looks dangerous and even scary.  The Lord really spoke to my heart about my reaction to this photo.  He told me very clearly, “If you would trust me, hold my hand and let us just walk down this road, I will show the hidden treasures and secrets hidden on each side of the journey.”

I was startled at that statement and realized, though I thought I was trusting Jesus along my journey, I was holding on too tight to His hand, still really walking in a place of fear.  When I deliberately stopped, breathed deeply and put my trust back into Him, the hidden things in the photo started revealing the truth.

  1. First, there is a road already created that we can walk on.
  2. Someone has already gone ahead and prepared the road.
  3. It looks like it shrinks from the position the photographer took the photo, but as you walk closer, the perspective changes and it won’t be as small as it looks now.
  4. If I am walking this road with the Lord Jesus, there is no need to fear.
  5. If fear is not allowed on the road with us, we can indeed stop along the way and look at the wonderful things hidden on the sides of the road.
  6. I imagined small patches of violets, rabbits, and other small furry creatures wandering there.  The whole photo changed into an adventure instead of a place of fear!

May we all reach a place of trusting in the Lord, kicking fear out of our journey and shift to joy and peace in our personal walk with the Lord Jesus.