I love sitting by the ocean and watching the tide roll in and out. The white foam on the top of the waves flowing back and forth, doing exactly what it was created to do. As the evening begins to darken the tide comes in closer to the shore. I remember as a little girl my father helping me build a sand castle, out of my little bucket. I thought this was such a great opportunity for us to share together. But as we walked back from the shore, the tide was rising and my sand castle was destroyed by the beautiful snowcapped waves of the ocean. I cried not understanding that we could always come back and rebuild the castle in the sand again. This was my childless dream.
Life has a way of causing things in our lives to be swept away. Often times it is because God has something greater for us; yet we strive or become determined to hold on to what is comfortable and familiar. I’ve found the more I trust God the easier it is for me to let go and watch the tide destroy things of my past that have had a hindrance in my life. Don’t get me wrong this hasn’t been an easy process. I loved being with things and people who were familiar to me and comfortable. But this past year, the biggest tide of my life came upon me and said let go and follow Me. Follow you where Lord? That’s what I wanted to ask but instead I said for the first time in my life whatever you desire is for me; I am ready to follow you.
My New Tide
January 2015 as I was in my prayer room in my home, in Aurora, Colorado I heard the voice of the Lord in my heart say, “It’s time for you to transition.” I was sure He meant from my church home not from the city I had lived in for 45 years. But that is exactly what He meant. For the first time in my life I chose to not debate with my heavenly Father and yield to what He wanted for me. I left family and friends to pursue what God has for me at the age of 68. Who would have thought I would just take up and leave? Not my family, friends or community I had resided in for so long. I thought I would die there. God had another plan for me. The Tide is Rising.
Dreams of the past will not be forgotten but it’s time to make new memories and trust the Father who knows all things. I wish I could tell you that in the eight months since I moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee God has given me a big assignment to conqueror for Him. The first assignments don’t appear that grand. I am a greeter at my church, a participant on the prayer team and just being still so I can hear the waves of the tide coming for me. “Yvonne be still and know that I am God.” (Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.) So that is what I have chosen to do. One thing I have heard very clearly is, “you have given out so much to others over the years, it is time for you to be refilled so in the next stage of your life you can give out on a different level” —because the tide in our country is rising and the Lord is looking for the true committed sons and daughters to get into their rightful place.
I want to be prepared for the Tide that is coming —it is not going to be normal. It will wipe everything out that is not built upon the Rock, including you and me. The tide is rising and the enemy doesn’t care who he wipes out, but God does. If God is speaking take time to listen. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. Romans 8:14 Stop requesting and listen to what He needs you to do, before the Tide pushes you out of the path of God. Your sand castles will not sustain this next move of God. I love to watch the tide roll in and out but now with a different perspective. It is treacherous. And it doesn’t care who or what is in its path.
God may this time with you prove to be exactly what You have designed for me. Don’t let anyone who reads this blog get caught in the tide of destruction or disobedience, for The Tide is Rising. Matthew 7:24-27 states, and I am paraphrasing, Don’t be like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rains came down and blew the sand away but build your work on a sure foundation, the Rock Jesus Christ.