Deep

Cave in Greece

I received an email from a friend yesterday, and as I read about her experiences of the past few months, I felt as if I were reading my own story lately word for word.

She was describing a time of drawing away with God. Being wrapped in the shadow of His wings. Devoting time to simply being in His presence.

I very much relate to this.

These past weeks for me have been a kind of retreat with God. Not entirely of course, there are still the relationships and the work He has given me, but even within this, to cut back and to be deliberate. To keep foremost the priority of time with Him in prayer, time with Him in studying His Word, and under the teaching of respected pastors. To be deliberate in keeping a quietness of heart and pace, so that I do not miss Him in the noise and the hurry.

I am so thankful that His Spirit is always with us even in the busyness (Heb.13:5), but this has been something different. His appointed time to go deep. To rework and strengthen foundations on the authority of His Word. To reveal sin and to call for repentance; yielding to Him and then yielding even more. To bring deeper revelation of what it means to be His, a life of meekness, of grace, of obedience, of servanthood. A life of joy untold for the indescribable wonder of knowing Him. The indescribable wonder of being reconciled to Him because He sent His Son to die in our place. We are loved beyond words, and if ever we doubt, the Cross is before us to take away any question.

I cannot begin to describe what God has revealed in this time; what He has done.

At the start of this year I wrote a post about this kind of work that God does in our hearts. “A deep and hidden work, His light reaching into the deepest parts of us … That we may be focused on greater output, but He is focused on greater input, and so He draws us away with Him for days, or weeks, or even years.”

This is still the place I am in. This is still the picture He is giving me – of deep water, a symbol or a representation of the deep places of the heart, and His Spirit at work there. (I’ve used a picture above similar to the one in that post).

I hope in His will that I will be able to post more than I have lately in the coming weeks. He has certainly given me a wonderful vision of His will for this blog in the time ahead :). But I’ll trust Him in all of this.

In the meantime, here are some verses with the promise of deeper revelation as we call upon Him and seek Him,

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” Jer.33:3.

“And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name … I am the Lord, and there is no one else; there is no God besides Me” Is.45:3,5 (Amp).

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~ by Birgit on May 25, 2010.

8 Responses to “Deep”

  1. Goose flesh!!!

  2. So wonderful to read this Birgit:)

  3. I have just discovered your blog… although I know there is no such thing as an accidental or chance happening. I read a few of your posts. Thank you, coming here today was truly like a breath of fresh air.

    Your honesty, humility, transparency —

    I have added your blog to my favorite blogs, to make it easy for me to come back here.

    Blessings.
    Lidia

  4. I’m so glad you relate Sands xo

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    You are such an encouragement Rain, thanks so much :)

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    Dear Lidia, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words, what a blessing. With every blessing to you :)

  5. Hi Birgit

    How courageous of you to share this with us. Thank you, it does encourage and inspire me personally.

    Your subject “Deep” reminded me about sea life. Did you know that there is life deep down the ocean and how these plants and animals have been created so uniquely to live in such extreme conditions?

    One characteristic is that many deep water seamount fish do not withstand changes in population… They rely upon each other for survival. Therefore fishing is a dangerous exercise and species have become extinct because of it.

    Compare it to our spiritual deepening, we have to keep our “numbers” up – God, first and foremost. Yourself. Family. Community – church and friends. Relationships take us deeper, vertical with God, horizontal with the rest…

    Love you lots!

  6. Thanks so much for your encouragement and thoughts here, Desire :)
    Thanks too for your parallel about sea life, and spiritual deepening through friendships and community. This is so true, that another way God grows us, blesses us, and moulds greater Christlikeness in us, is through our relationships. Thanks for your thoughts on this. Lots of love to you too, Birgit xo

  7. Birgit I really don’t know why but as I started to read this i became over-whelmed and my eyes all teared up. I was really emotionally moved. Maybe it is because you are expressing your love for God and what He deserves from us and I have not been in communication with Him as much as I need to be of late – and I miss Him… The truth is I dont know why I have these feelings, but I think that it says a lot for your writing, that it brought this reaction out of me.
    Love Freya xxx

  8. Freya, this really is so lovely. How amazing that the Lord is drawing you to Himself, and reminding you of His love for you, and the relationship you share with Him. As you draw near to Him, may He draw near to you (James 4:8) and may you be so blessed in His presence, lots of blessings to you xo

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