Grateful for Being Called Inside
There was a young boy is a who stood at the window and watched his friends play while he was “stuck” inside. He always questioned his father and his decision as to why he couldn't go outside and play. But he learned the response of his father by heart, “Purpose requires focus and focus will cause you to make present sacrifices for tomorrow’s rest.” Although this young boy “knew” he had a purpose he would always ask his father “Well if you won't let me play with my friends then please tell me my purpose so I can finally go outside!” His father simply smiled and gently put his hand on his son’s shoulder to calm his anxious soul and walked out the room. The young boy felt defeated yet again and walked over to the table back to his work given by his father.
Years later, the young boy is now a man walking strong and successful, in his own right, due to the discipline that his father taught him when he was younger. He sat in his office, of the company he built from the ground up, staring out of the window as waves of gratitude and understanding flood his heart of why he had to come inside while all his friends played outside. He understood that the sacrifices of yesterday provided for his rest and security that he lived in that day.
Being separated is not fun. Watching others partake of something that you would like to do and be apart of is hard especially when we know we would beat all of them because of what YOU KNOW you can do.
Can you imagine how Samuel felt as he grew up in the temple after being dedicated to the Lord by his mother, Hannah (1 Samuel 1-3). I know that the culture was different back then but he was still a kid. As we are growing in Christ and as we ask the Lord, “Why can’t I do this anymore?” Or “Why can’t I hang out with them?” And the other “why questions” that Areanna addressed in her post last week entitled, “Why”.
Being separated causes us to be able to prepare for a mission with little details until we rest in the journey of learning, trusting and being obedient to the voice of the Lord. During these separation seasons, we are gaining guidance and confidence in the Lord as we commune with Him without us being easily interrupted. We shouldn’t shy away from these seasons because these are the times where we really find out how the Lord views us. It is in these seasons when we become so close to the Lord that our very fragrance of our sacrifices change from giving materialistically and monetarily to presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice.
Our seasons of separation with the Lord will teach us how to interact with those we encounter on a day-to-day basis. We see how Jesus went off by himself at least 10 to 12 times to go pray to The Father in order to get instructions, commune and gain strength to complete His mission.
In 2012, I remember hanging out with a group of friends and the Lord started to really pull me to Himself. I started to pull back from some our normal routines of getting together to hang out and not attending some of the events that we would go to. I wanted to be with them, I really did, but my love for God had a stronger pull on me than wanting to go out with my friends. I did not understand then but I had started to understand the need to develop discipline more than ever. It was in that season when I really started to get to know the Lord for myself. It was also in that season where confidence, that was always within me, started to be revealed and unlocked within me.
Have you embraced these times and seasons and counted it as pure joy that the Lord has beckoned you to His presence or do you count it as an inconvenience because it is getting in the way of your plans? Have you enjoyed being of this world and the immediate rewards that you get here fulfilling gratifications of the flesh? Or have you taken joy that you are in the world but not of the world (Rom 12:2)? These seasons are hard for those who are extraverts and the people-persons but the benefits of “staying in the house” is that much more!