Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Incense

When I think about all the changes in life for me and our family, I start to feel pretty overwhelmed. And, the changes are still in process. We've been experiencing them for the last couple of years, and it appears, unless something changes, we will continue to have some major changes in the way we live our lives. I have found it to be a big adjustment, and for my husband, it has been an incredible test of his faith in God. My husband has watched everything that he has worked for slip away. He has kept his hands open to God and his life surrendered knowing that all that we have belongs to God anyway.
I have been challenged with many emotions on all levels. As I watch my husband work to hold our business together, as we work to keep our ministry house,  our home, and as a family we pray for God's will and purpose in our lives; it appears that nothing is going to stay together! God has a better plan. His plan to expand the territory of our hearts and use us to further His Kingdom is well underway, but clearly if I am hanging on to old stuff He cannot be as effective in my life. There are the moments, the days, that I feel like I won't stop crying, like it probably won't ever get better, but, I know that is not true. God's promises are eternal and He has given me riches and beauty and heaven. He has given me a plan and a purpose here on earth, and He will use all of this as part of that plan. He is an amazing God. He takes all things and turns them into good.
This morning, when I woke, the scripture that came to mind was Revelation 5:8

When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowl full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

The prayers of the saints are like incense, sweet smelling. And, on those times, when the saints, when I am unable to voice my prayer, the Spirit of God  takes that sweet smelling incense to the throne of God and tells Him my thoughts, because He knows. He knows, because he resides in me. There have been a few times this week that I felt like my prayers were moans and groans and all I could do was simply cry. I had no words for God. I don't know what is going to happen, but I do know it's probably not going to be easy. I also know this, I am  so very blessed. I praise the name of Jesus for He is God and He is Light.
Say That Again, Sweet Jesus, the air smells sweet with the incense of prayer!

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