Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thought For The Day

Hi.  I am in Romania right now ...  and doing some thinking.  Today I had a chat with a friend in Melbourne and we were discussing the things that we feel God has placed on our hearts ...

I have been reflecting on Korea and thinking how for me, in many ways, it has been nine years of stripping.  Everything I was passionate and fulfilled in - stripped away.  Many times over the years I have wondered why ... why am I in this country (Korea?).  It seems a paradox that God would take us from somewhere where we were feeling fulfilled and used and then strip us ... 

Friday night, I was in a car driving to Brasov for the weekend and had very long talks with a new friend all the way up and back (well ... she mainly talked and I listened) ... and I talked to her about how one of the things that I had learnt during a time of stripping and being in a somewhat dry place, was the importance of being able to dig my own wells.

So how do my friend in Melbourne, reflecting about Korea and driving to Brasov all tie together?

My friend in Melbourne referred to a conference where she was challenged and impacted by a speaker whom I looked up ... and I came across this - you join the rest of the dots!

Moses was the only one among the Israelites with any desert training. Prophets and pioneers always go through things ahead of time on bealf of themselves and the wider company of people.  It was in his own exile that Moses developed his personal inner resources to learn how to live in a hostile environment.  Our personal inner resources before God are then used by Him to develop the corporate inner resources of the company of people traveling with us.

People grumble and complain in the wilderness because they have no desert training, a poor relationship with God, and little trust in leadership.  Moses represents the indwelling Christ in touch with the Holy Spirit.  We must learn to live with and serve the “great I Am.”  (Graham Cooke - Transition Pt 2.)

I am thinking ... how about you?


Karen's Korner said...

Thanks for this post. I understand the stripping and living in the desert... It is training, preparation, but oh, how hard it is to go through it! I love the quote from Graham Cooke too.

Sassiekiwi said...

Hi Karen

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to post! Yes I love that Graham Cooke quote ... it is so full of hope and it seriously resonated with me and provided me some insight into the past 9 years ... so now ... I am ready to be out of there!