Deeper Day 135: Crevasse

Crevasse: a deep open crack, especially one in a glacier. A breach in the embankment of a river or canal.

I took my kids on a hike yesterday, and at the end my two youngest asked if they could climb around on these two huge rocks. When we went to the backside of one, we noticed a huge crevasse, and they had so much fun climbing inside it. At the same time, I heard God speak the word “Crevasse” to me and I felt that familiar nudge in my spirit, so I knew He wanted to teach me something.

One thing is certain, this whole Covid 19 scare and quarantine has really exposed a deep crevasse in some of us. I have watched people responding in so many varied ways. It’s been very revealing.

When the hard things come, we discover other’s true character, as well as our own. How we respond to trouble truly reveals where and upon whom our hope lies. You can’t hide your “crazy” when troubles come. That’s a funny but true statement, isn’t it?

I wonder how you’ve fared through this time. Have you thought about your responses? Have you measured yourself? I have on multiple occasions. I frequently assess myself during normal life, and even more often during times of stretching. I give myself a short leash for “acting out”. If I feel myself drawn to lashing out or sulking, I immediately bring it before God and ask Him for redirection and to reaffirm His love for me. In short, I have determined to keep Him front and center and to always allow Him to be my source.

When troubles come, I lean into the fruit of the Spirit called self-control, and it’s served me well. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always good to walk in all the fruit of the Spirit, but there are times when we lean more on one for a moment, and this moment in our lives calls for self-control.

The good news about the fruit of the Spirit is exactly what the word says, “Against these there is no law.” We can never be stopped from walking them out and they are fruit that is always in season.’

Prayer Moment: God, help me to always be mindful of where You are in any given situation. Help me to always lean into the fruit of the Spirit. Teach me to always act responsibly by stopping myself from lashing out. Forgive me for the times when I have hurt others by my weakness. Help me to never make excuses for my bad behavior. Help me to always be accountable to You. I give You my whole heart, Abba. I am Yours forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. Proverbs 16:17

The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Proverbs 16:21

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. Proverbs 15:14

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. Proverbs 18:2