Love Is a Verb
Verb: an action, state or occurrence
This week was quite a week (already!). I was hit with three situations that troubled my emotions as I questioned myself, my motives & forgiveness; one tested my confidence in healing as I struggled through arthritic pain & watched my birdie boy suffer the use of his legs; another was in the area of my faith – was I really doing what I’ve been called to do; the final situation was the betrayal of a friend. Yes, I have had my moments of tears this week.
The three together could have become overwhelming. My heart was hurt. At first I took each situation in stride. I just tried to work everything out & chalked it up to ‘life’ which isn’t always easy or fair. You get it. You’ve been there at one point or another.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV) "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not us."
But God! When the enemy stepped his foot over the line that extra inch and tried to stop gap our trip to Africa, I reared up! Papa, what in the world is going on? I won’t share the whole conversation however the gist of it was that He brought to my attention that I was losing my passion for life. The abundance. The excitement. I was worrying about the simple and worldly things and expecting the ‘normal’ to happen. I had stopped looking forward to the promises spoken over Roy & I, to the ‘more’ I had come to get expect from the One Who loves me most.
Luke 10:19 (TPT) "Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over his kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power satan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority."
In the face of eventual loss, I began to fight back. To regain my peace. To build my faith muscles. To save my sanity. Look, one word of doubt, one negative thought can cause a domino effect. I thought of losing Sylvester and the next thing I knew I was re-grieving the loss of miscarried children, my late husband Phil, my parents (who are still alive and healthy at 88 years old) & friends. One sharp physical pain can conjure up thoughts of incurable disease and the fear of losing a dream brings a sick heart and all that goes with it. One friend’s betrayal can conjure up the many friendships lost throughout life.
I needed a quick injection of Heavenly Kingdom Thinking.
Colossians 2:7 (TPT) "Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him! (The Greek states 'overflowing with gratitude')
One touch, word or vision from Papa God can bring the world around you right back into perspective. Life is a verb. A living, breathing Hope of Glory that lives right inside of us.
1 John 1:2 (MSG) it says "From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in - we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we're telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly this: The infinite life of God Himself took shape before us." 1 John 1:1 "The Word, who is Jesus, is manifested! IN the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God and the Word was God." Acts 17:26-28 (NKJV) "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the fact of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have or being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring'. He brought me through and to a place of truth when I chose to turn it all back to His hands. Those mighty hands that have held so many of my tears! The One who breathed life into me! John 20:20 (AMP) "And when He said this, He breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'." Today, as I choose to trust the outcome, I find a greater appreciation in the abundant life I have been promised. The situations are resolved; our sweet little boy, Sylvester, passed into Heaven, we did indeed go to Africa embarking on another great, new adventure while I worked everything out with my friend. I'm sure there will be other days like today because life is a verb. An action item. I will opt to greatly love what is right in front of me, trust in the fact that Papa's will and timing for my life is perfect and live fully as I press on to the high calling in Christ Jesus. I pray you do as well!