As we wrap up week one of “Deeper”, I was awakened with this vision…..
I was walking in the woods and I saw some leaves stirred by the wind. When I walked nearer to that place of stirring, I noticed a wooden door with a rope handle on it. When I pulled on the rope the door opened and I saw that built into the ground was a dwelling. Without any fear, I began to climb down the ladder that lead into the deep place. My eyes took a moment to adjust to the darker surroundings, but once they did, I could see what this place contained. It was my deepest place. The deep inside of me. The places of dreams and disappointments and deepest affections. This room was all the things that, out of survival or self-protection, I had hidden away. Then I knew, as if a golden sun had suddenly been placed right down into the depths of this space, it’s time to awaken again.
Friend, you too have a hidden place. What I am asking is, “Will you journey into that deep place with me this year? Will you give God access to stir you at a level you previously thought was impossible? The reward? Well, it far outweighs the risk. The reward is living alive. Awakening to who God originally created you to be before you knew how to hide anything.”
Will you allow God to examine your deep place?
I have made my decision, and furthermore, I have boldly decided to share my walk with you. All I’m asking of you is if in turn you will be open to His gaze upon your own life during this time.
Take a moment and close your eyes and ask God to show your deepest place. Have you hidden away things in a protected place, just like me? If so, will you walk down the ladder into that room and allow the Sun to begin to shine on the dusty, long-forgotten shelves? Will you cooperate with Holy Spirit while we reach into the shelves and pull out old memories and dreams and dust them off to allow the Light of Love to shine anew upon them? You won’t regret it.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15: 4-5