Snowflake

Safe Space

Unlike the politically correct, urban definition of this term “safe space,” I propose the only true and eternal safe space is the Will of God. What is it that the Great God of Heaven and Earth has called you to do? Once He has made that clear to you, as His plenipotentiary, you can go forward in your space safely. One’s Safe Space is not actually geographic as much as it is an atmosphere from which you perform the Will of God.
Using history as a reference point, the Old Testament backdrop is historical. Not representing the entire world during these recorded parameters of time but a telescopic viewpoint which is focused on a small patch of land and a limited group of people as seen from the eye of God. We are not told from scripture what is happening in the Andes or the islands or the Poles. Rather, dialing in on Elijah the prophet’s generation and into an even tighter spot on the biblical map we have a unique pov revealing God’s ability and willingness to assist people. The mind of God, His benevolent intervention, His miraculous and more are discovered in the Elijah recounting.
Names have meaning and so, Elijah the Tishbite defined as God is Jehovah even in a difficult situation… He was from Gilead; translated a rocky region confirming this imagery further. ‘Elijah the Tishbite from Gilead’ represents God who is there when someone is between a rock and a hard place.
Can the common believer identify with Elijah? Was he a supernatural hero, beyond the normal flesh and blood? I don’t think so. James 5:17 states, Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! NLT And then, we read that he prayed again so that it rained and the earth bore fruit, verse 18.
For many reasons, I find that Elijah represents the common man chosen of God as a plenipotentiary; acting as a representative of God while having full power to act independently.
Does God give supernatural powers to those that will harm themselves and others with said powers? Yes. The world is full of these empowered ones while the Elijah types are far and few. Not being perfect, Elijah nonetheless endeavored to fulfill his purpose and to please God. Was he smart, mature or courageous? Apparently, not. And even his faith wavered concerning God’s willingness to watch his back… God allowed all of this and it would seem, God  adjusted His plan to include Elijah’s reluctance. After meeting Elijah’s needs during the 3 and half year drought, the prophet experienced a loss of confidence afterward; Elijah ran for his life to hide in a cave, 1Kgs 19.
A bit like the rhetoric question asked of Adam in the garden, God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?” God knew very well what Elijah was doing there in that cave and Elijah’s answer appears to be either induced by self pity or self-deception. God disproved Elijah’s reasoning before asking him again, “What are you doing here?”
When Elijah gave the same answer, it seems God changes course or horse in mid-stream as we read that Elisha will take Elijah’s office of prophet. God didn’t punish Elijah for the his unwillingness to finish the task but perhaps God is not done with Elisha, even now.

From Revelations 11:3-7 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth…These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire… When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

Are the Two Witnesses Jews as the “olive trees” imagery alludes? Perhaps, Moses is one but it certainly looks like Elijah even as Jesus confirmed, is the other of these two. So Elijah has work yet to be accomplished but again the idea of acting independently is revealed here; “as often as they desire.”
But… But… How is Elijah representing the everyday human, doing the Will of God, considered to be in a Safe Space? You ask, after all, if it is true that he is one of the Two witnesses, he dies at the hands of God’s enemy. Examine again the story of Elisha found n the Old Testament scriptures, 1Kgs chapter 18 through 2Kgs chapter 2. God kept Elisha safe from all manner of injury. God proved to Elisha that He was not only capable but willing to keep him safe and also, to miraculously keep safe those who relied on Elisha; those who were between a rock and a hard place. Yes, even when Elisha was reluctant to finish the job, God kept him safe. True, we understand that sometime in the future Elisha will have to pay the price of death but lets be real. Truth says in the letter to the Hebrews 9:27, ‘each person is appointed once to die and after that, judgment…’
Elijah represents the Safe Space human. All humans must die, as flesh and blood cannot enter Heaven even as a caterpillar cannot fly without metamorphosing. Elijah will return to die physically, as the reborn saint must die-to-self spiritually to participate in that great up-taking, the Rapture.
Die-to-self and finish your task! Find the Will of God for your life! It is the true Safe Space even for a snowflake.

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Freedom from Torment, Overcoming the impossible

Freedom’s just another Word

God is taking us somewhere; He sees the end from the beginning. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ This statement from Isa 46:10 is not arrogantly spoken by a mortal, however powerful but as assurance by our Creator… When life takes a hairpin turn and all seems close to careening over the edge, God is at the wheel.

God’s purposes are the links which pull the plot forward to a conclusion. Truth is more than simply the substance of those links. It is the lifeline to the individual. Truth acts as carabiner and anchor, too.
A desire for truth is innate in humans. Jesus said, “Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  Trusting that God is truth, firms up all the physical and non physical elements of life in the mind of the beholder. A child betrayed by an authority figure, may mature into an adult who struggles with the acceptance that eternal truth is absolute. When truth is distorted, the ground beneath one’s feet seems to shift; mental moorings go slack. Justice and accountability become suspect. We humans typically desire reconciliation to any given situation, bringing balance to life’s ledger… Often, we want to know the why of a thing. Certainly, a simplistic explanation of mankind’s sense of fairness and yet, once the why is discovered (the conflict reconciled, at least mentally), proper reaction results. 

Understanding from Jesus’ own statement recorded in John’s gospel chapter 8, truth frees, begs the question, then what binds? Truth is the key to freedom while the opposite of truth confines. Emotional, psychological or physical imprisonment may be undone by truth. In a sense, truth equals freedom. Freedom’s just another Word… for Truth.

Is it supernatural? Not necessarily but truth can be supernatural in that God, Himself is Truth and Jesus, truth in the flesh. Jesus’ life and death and resurrection transcends the natural and when applied as the key to any given “bondage,” freedom results. Freedom from spiritual and physical bondage reveals the cliff edge for what it is; a soon-to-be memory on our scenic route to paradise.

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Overcoming the impossible

Impossibilities

Not everyone loves a challenge.
When I look for the challenges of the impossible, my mind goes blank.

It is impossible that my parents should fully reconcile after 50 years? They are in their 90’s for heaven’s sake! and yet…

What about becoming affluent in a season of financial upheaval? People will continue to buy and sell until the trumpet blows…

Health? My peers and I are more fragile physically, emotionally, mentally and it would seem spiritually. Is is impossible to think that these frailties cannot be reinvigorated? No!

On the national level; cannot our nation be revived even as other nations have been in the past? How many praying saints does it take to see this nation rescued from defeat? God knows but it cannot be overmuch, surely.
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Internationally, there are thunderous clouds of strategic dark forces plotting and preparing but in truth, light always overcomes the night when a single ray breaches the horizon. Is it impossible to believe that individuals and organized groups would not respond to the task at hand? I think not.

Abuse, violation, despair and suicide that have become personal strongholds in this generation, wearying the soul to dullness and apathy, seem impossible to overcome. And yet, God is no respecter of person. He will deliver by unlocking the intangible prison doors… ‘Ask, seek, knock.’

Impossibilities are limited because with God, ‘all things are possible.’ And, that is why my mind went blank.

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