Thank you for the struggle.
My flesh finally acknowledged with great joy the gift from God.
A circumcision of the heart.
God gave Noah, after a magnitude of life experiences and obedience to the Word of God, a beautiful rainbow. The first rainbow ever to pan across the sky–just for Noah. Can you imagine the gift? The colors. The beauty. The exhaustion from building a boat, gathering animals, and then riding out a storm for 40 days and 40 nights were mixed with a strong sense of accomplishment beyond his human strength and ability.
God gave Abraham, after a magnitude of life experiences and obedience to the Word of God, a circumcision.
After a job well done, what would you want from your boss? A rainbow ribbon made just for you, or another test of obedience and cutting away of the flesh?
God really? Why do I have to experience this circumcision, while “you know who” gets the rainbow?
After listening to this pointed but humorous sermon by Joyce Meyer, I laughed with great joy!
God sends me rainbows every day. There is space in my life to be grateful for them, and to rejoice in the rainbows given to others.
I am one blessed woman of God. Yet, we can agree, as brothers and sisters in this journey, that there is always a situation in which we are being circumcised. Not literally. You know what I mean. What Joyce Meyer conveyed was a soul work, a heart work, a time so deep with God that your Jesus time is going to be taken to a whole new level. This is it sister–no more of this–kind of thing. Like, God has said, “We are not doing this anymore without you growing, and it’s going to hurt so good. You are going to feel the rain on YOUR skin!”
There are moments in your life where it’s going to hurt too much at first to start “the work”, but if you keep on praising God for His goodness, believing that He loves you and has a PLAN FOR YOU, and walk in obedience, then little by little your head is going to lift up, your dragging feet will dance, and your heart will sing. He is not holding back a rainbow on you when you fail, or when you are not chosen, or when a struggle beyond belief occurs. Oh my sweet friend, (I’m crying right now tears of joy), He is giving you something so much better.
Your PERSONAL circumcision of the heart. It so personal, that no word ever created could describe what you are going through–it’s that deep, deep, way-down-deep, Holy Spirit work that wakes you up in the morning and brings you to your knees. It’s the passion that cries out to God, and a fire in your belly that wont go away. It’s what leads you to not run anymore, but face it head on.
There is a song my girls love to sing with me. In the song there is a line that says, “Feel the rain on your skin. No one else can feel it for you.”
When God sends you a storm, and someone else gets the rainbow you were hoping for, feel the rain on your skin–dance. No one else can feel this for you. Don’t miss out on the greatest gift God could give you– a circumcised heart.
I’ve listened to this sermon at least five times, and I’ve cried, laughed, and rejoiced!
Can’t read my mind
I’m just beginning
The pen’s in my hand
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
Sometimes my tries are outside the lines
We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes
But I can’t live that way