Joy, Faith Confront Stalkers Weariness, Discouragement

Joy. Got any?

The Lord and I were having a conversation about the future. He noticed I felt a bit disheartened. (He’s good at that—knowing the thoughts of my heart.)

A while back, I’d asked, “What’s next?” He’d laid out an action plan, specific steps that would lead to a desired place.

“I don’t understand,” I told him. “I’ve been obedient, but nothing’s happening as I expected. I’m tired.”

As I reviewed the steps again to see if I’d overlooked anything, he said, “I didn’t say when.”

“So…waiting is all I do today. But what’s next?”

I paused, listening for clear instructions. His answer surprised me. “Keep doing what you’re doing.”

“Okay. That simplifies it. I’ll keep doing what you’ve clearly said and trust you to handle the rest.”

I didn’t add this but he knew what I wanted to say—that my joy had been slowly seeping like air through a pinhole, leaving a balloon deflated. Weariness and discouragement do that.

Keeping my “joy” balloon floating required more energy that I felt like investing.

I didn’t need more energy. I just needed a smidgen of faith—about the size of a mustard seed.

There’s a direct correlation between my faith and my joy. I never have one without the other. Click To Tweet

There’s a direct correlation between my faith and my joy. I never have one without the other. So I stirred up a little faith to ignite my joy and plodded along, doing what I’d been doing. It wasn’t long until those stalkers caught up with me again—weariness and discouragement.

“Lord, I’m done!” I told him. I wasn’t quitting…just letting him know if nothing else comes, I’ll continue living in the moment, forsaking worry about the future, feeling content and grateful for my wonderfully blessed life today.

I think he accepted that as a fresh surrender. Things began happening that only he could have arranged, causing an explosion of my joy and faith—and praise. The stalkers fled in a cloud of dust.

It seems the Lord had been waiting for me to give up.

To quit trying to arrange circumstances…to relinquish control.

The Lord had been waiting for me to give up. To quit trying to arrange circumstances…to relinquish control. Click To Tweet

Andrew Murray writes in Absolute Surrender, “The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him…Give yourselves up absolutely to the will of God…what can God do to fill a vessel absolutely surrendered to Him?…God has prepared unheard-of-things, blessings much more wonderful than you can imagine, more mighty than you can conceive.”

I remember the day I surrendered wholly, acknowledging Christ as Lord of my life. A daily surrender renews my allegiance and sets my focus on him and his plan.

Familiar words come to mind. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Lord, my life is yours. Do with it as you please. I’m done. Done relying on myself to figure out the next step. The lamp of your Word provides enough light for my next step. I don’t need to know where the path leads. I only need to go forward, trusting you to fulfill your purpose in me. When? In your time.

Joy. Got plenty!

© Dianne Barker 2018

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8 responses to “Joy, Faith Confront Stalkers Weariness, Discouragement”

  1. Well said! Amen! Why do we ever think we can do anything without Him, and make it on our own?! Apart from Him, we can do nothing worthwhile, nothing lasting. The nearness of God is our own good!

  2. Oh, yes. I relate to keeping my joy ballon floating and the energy it depletes from my soul. It’s often hard to give up control, worried if the Lord will remain faithful. But He is always faithful and simply the best as CEO of the world and my life. Good visual.

  3. Karen, I’m thinking of what David wrote about the Shepherd. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul…” (Psalm 23:2-3a). Thankful we can depend on our Shepherd to restore our soul!

  4. A good reminder not to let the air fizzle out of our balloon be it joy, faith, love – any one of the fruits of the spirit. Satan’s job is to get us looking at the thing rather than trusting in our Lord who is our Shepherd so we shall lack nothing. And Satan knows that the joy of the Lord is our strength. If we don’t have joy we become weak in spirit. Thank you again for the joyful reminder.

  5. Well said, Carla! We must be vigilant because our enemy is a thief. He’s determined to steal our joy, and he never runs out of idea to make that happen. But we have a hiding place. I love this picture in Psalm 91. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust…”

  6. Good Word Dianne. Sumtimes I tend to think if the worst that can happen, even though I am surrendered to the Savior. It’s a habit thing. I’m sort of like Puddleglum in C S Lewis’s Narnia series. I need your reminder today.😄😄😄

  7. Thanks, Mary. I think many of us relate to your comment–trying to trust yet thinking/expecting the worst. It’s time to establish a new habit! We can turn our thoughts to the Lord and his mighty acts. Psalms 77 says this:
    “I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
    I will meditate on all your works
    and consider all your mighty deeds.
    Your ways, O God, are holy.
    What god is so great as our God?
    You are the God who performs miracles…” (Vs. 11-14a)

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