I have recently faced times of both trial and victory. I have been blessed beyond words to have benefited from the “Body of Christ” in ways that I struggle greatly to even put to words.
In the midst of this time I visited a friend who probably has no idea what she offered to me in terms of God’s love. She allowed me to be right where I was in the moment and tenderly offered me the touch of God. She required nothing of me…but gave without reserve. How is it that she could know? Not sure that she really did…but God did …and I believe that He used her for me to show me that He knew me and that He was not far from me. I was not alone.
I am longing for the words to describe the impact that the love I have received from those who represent the “Body of Christ “ in my life has had in these past few weeks.
I choose to share this with you because this is what I feel so convinced that the Lord would have us to do with one another in order to see His glory!
Have you ever felt dry and lifeless in your relationship with the Living God?
Have you wanted so much to touch HIS robe?
To taste and see what you have tasted and seen before…yet you cannot seem to “get there”?
I have felt each of these and more.
For those of you who have know this desert…I feel so deeply for you at this very moment!!! It is such a lonely place.
Not lonely in terms of wanting people around me – no – on the contrary. Lonely in terms of knowing the intimacy of a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Father God and feeling far from Him.
As it came my turn after listening to the prayer requests of those I have been meeting with now for over a year for prayer ~ I suddenly felt all of the emotion come welling up in me without warning. Before I knew it, I was laying it all out there to be heard in the raw emotion of it all. Most of the women who were here for prayer that day were young ladies ~ “20 something women” who I have been blessed to be sharing prayer with for some time now. The prayer time may be different every week with who joins us, but this particular week it was the original ladies that have been a part of the group since the beginning.
There was a part of me that felt like I was crazy to not be censoring my emotions and my words as they flowed out ~ after all I am the older woman. But it was the most real part of me that won out ~ the authentic part that asks and encourages the same from them each week. I have come to know this place of prayer with them as a place where I am free to be part of the group ~ a participant with them ~ and not “the older woman” when it comes to sharing and lifting one another in prayer. For this ~ I am grateful! I think that it pleases the LORD:-)
What I found that day as I chose to continue to let them see me “struggles and all” was that I truly experienced the “Body of Christ”. My friends gathered around me and began to speak words of truth and share scripture spontaneously as led by God. How do I know it was led by God? Because that day ~ in all my dryness and weariness ~ I was lifted before the throne of God with each word of encouragement ~ truth spoken ~ scripture read ~ and precious prayers breathed aloud for me. I cannot tell you the life that it breathed into me. I am thankful beyond words.
It has breathed life into me ~ this “Body of Christ” ~ letting me know that I am not alone in my pursuit ~ that there are those who care deeply to lift me before the throne of God.
Since this time ~ and letting a couple of other friends know just how much I was struggling, I have received so much from them. They have no idea that the text messages and emails that they have sent have been at just the perfect moment and offer just what I need to hear from God. He knows it, and He cares to use His Body to speak it!
I hope that if there is one person who comes across this who needs to hear it to know that they are not alone in thier desert place ~ that they will read this and be encouraged to be authentic with at least one other person about it.
Please share your desert experience with me so that I may pray with you.
Let me encourage you with the encouragement that has been given to me.
There is so much that I believe that God wants to do through His “Body”. Will we be found willing?
Originally posted Monday September 15, 2008