I am waiting... waiting... waiting still. I can't wait to wrap my hands and heart around this new book by Kristen Welch and even as I wait, I know... I know "Rhinestone Jesus" will spur us forward into whatever it is that is 'next' and we will once again find ourselves saying "Yes and Amen" ...saying "Yes, I will go" ...bending low and laying it all out for Him to see, to shape and mold, to mend and break all over again.
We don't like that, do we? The breaking? The mess? The less than perfect, can't catch up, not knowing chaos of feeling like He is calling us to be real... not later, but right where we are, at right this moment?
No. I can say I'm good with you seeing the real me, but if the doorbell rings too early - I panic real quick-like and try to decide what is most urgent - my house or me! I love a drop in - but call first, ya'll! (Does that even make it a drop in anymore? Probably not!) I love impromptu visits, and try to keep all my Bossy Lists of Things To Do loose enough that I can shift my day around because honestly - in all the coffee and connecting, what I love the most is when we move from small talk, and beyond the prayer request/what's going wrong mode, right in to the praise reports/look what God is doing mode!
Yeah... that one! That one is my jam! (My girlie is begging me to stop saying that... but I like to think I am cool like Jen Hatmaker, soooo....)
I know my pentecostal roots are showing here, but I love me some testimony time! We love to hear OTHER people's testimonies of how God showed up in their mess and came through and stretched them out and showed up big. We want all of that in our own lives too - but maybe without the mess, without the stretching and the desperate neediness. Yeah - we want God - but who wants to be broken and begging for mercy? We want the High... but not the Low. We want the Testimony, but not the Test.
Here is the thing that we forget in the midst of a battle:
We serve the king of Kings and lord of Lords and He is Victorious... and really, that is all we need to know!
Hands down... in the end, He wins - and we are on His side!
One of my favorite visuals from Scripture when it comes to our King who wears the Victor's Crown is found in the Book of Isaiah...
"In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple." Isaiah 6:1 NASBOh my stars - how I LOVE that verse! Isaiah LOVED his king and he was in deep mourning and despair over such a loss... and all of a sudden, he is reminded of the One True King. He has a vision and THAT King? Well, that King (Jesus) - His train FILLED the temple!
In those times, whenever an army would overtake a region (kingdom) - they would take the defeated king's robe off of him, and they would then sew it onto the hem of their victorious kings' garment. So - the longer the train, the more victorious the king.
Our God? Yeah - hands down... His train is longest... it FILLS the temple.
Every victory He paid for... every testimony you have, it is sewn on to His train... it brings Honor and Glory to His name.
So I am coming to realize that the saying is true: To have a testimony, there will first be a test.
But there is also this:
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death." Rev 12:11 NASBCan I encourage you today to say Yes in your Mess... to begin to testify - even before the answer has come; even if it still looks dark, like on Good Friday, when it's all black and stormy, all broken and bleeding... for we know... we know that Sunday is coming, right? He wins!
Let's pull a Mark 11 right in the middle of our messes and remind ourselves that our King? His train fills the temple!
Now... who wants to testify?
Linking up with Kristen Welch for the Launch
of her new book Rhinestone Jesus - Saying Yes to God when sparkly, safe faith is no longer enough.
You can preorder it now over at Amazon,
and join with us as we say #Yesinmymess
I'm also linking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee for #TellHisStory
and with Holley Gerth for #CoffeeforYourHeart
(Seriously - ya'll... who has a testimony?
Big or Small...
Let's praise Him together
in the comments below!)