Day 3 with Teresa Ann:
THE COME ALONGSIDE GOD!
As we went to our intense cycling class this morning, our coach reminded us that the resting is just as important if not more than even the “going” for an athlete.
Immediately I was reminded of the ultimate resting in GOD causes us to be reminded from where we live and breathe in Him.
So in this, I am led to think about those intense moments of conflict. They are things that sometimes we refer to as attacks when most of the time it’s an attack on the flesh to die so the Spirit of God that gives abundant life can be seen! Of course we know we have an enemy that kills, steals and destroys vision and life; but it reminds me that the attack is how we are seeing, it’s an attack on perspective. The intense fires of this life burn the chaff; the meaningless things that have no eternal value and regrowth soon takes place; much like the pruning process.
So as I was pondering with the Lord, a situation in my life surfaced in thought. I was reminded of this intense time in which I felt stuck spiritually. It was a moment in my life where I got desperate and went to one of my mentors and just “had to” hear the Holy Spirit through her, versus hearing Him for myself.
It was a situation in which I was struggling to the point of major anxiety and confusion. The simple things were now seemingly daunting. After praying in the Spirit and doing everything I “knew” to do, I finally called my mentor and she answered the phone.
When she answered the phone, I Immediately got to the point. I didn’t fluff it, I simply let her know why I was calling. With desperation I said, “I need help, I don’t know what to do in this situation. I keep getting these text messages from someone so dear to me, but the more I respond, the worse our interaction gets.” As I continued to share my plight with her, she simply replied, “Teresa, what is The Holy Spirit saying?”
I thought, “Are you kidding?” Although I was a little frustrated by this I said, “Well that is why I’m calling you because I really wanted you to tell me what HE is saying.”
She giggled and responded, “Teresa, you hear Him, now let’s go to Him. What is He saying?”
Again, I was frustrated, but went along with what she said as we both sat quietly, I finally asked GOD under my breath, “Holy Spirit what are you saying?”
A few moments later I saw these words in the midst of silence, “Be still and KNOW that I am GOD.”
I then said my mentors name and revealed what I saw/heard from Holy Spirit, “The only thing I’m getting is, “Be still and know that I am God.”
She belly laughed and said, “I heard the same thing, see Teresa, you do hear Him.”
Then I responded, “But I truly don’t know what “being still” really looks like in this situation. I’m trying to stay fixed on Him, but I don’t know how.”
As she came alongside me so patiently, she said, “Well, simply ask Him again.”
So I did and that is when in my heart I could literally see the words flipped around and I saw,
“When you know I am God, you can’t help but be still.”
She said, “Wow! Look how He’s talking to you.” And then I replied, “I think that’s great, but I still don’t know how to practically live this out.”
And yes, you probably guessed it, she said it again, “Well, let’s ask the Holy Spirit.”
Suddenly, I saw a picture of my situation and immediately knew what to do. It seemed so elementary and yet it was divinely profound. This was the moment I said out loud, “Oh my God! Yes! Instead of replying to the text messages, I get to simply respond to Him.”
REFLECTION WITH HOLY SPIRIT:
Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 46:10
What I love about this story, is that my mentor didn’t give me the answers, she kept pointing me back to the One Who is the Answer.
As believers in Christ, this is what we get to do for one another. Our opinions and past experiences we share are so good; but what is so rich is when we point one another back to Him and say, “Lord! What do you say about this?”
In the midst of going, what is God saying to you about resting in Him regarding whatever you are walking through in this moment?
How can you see GOD with a grateful heart that leads to groundbreaking change?