Awaken Me

It started with a nudge from God one early morning. During our daily carpool to work, my husband was driving, and I was enjoying a catnap. Eyes half closed, a familiar song made me open them. The first thing my eyes landed on was a sticker on the car next to us, that read “NOTW“. This stands for “Not of This World” (John 17:16). It’s one of my favorite Christian companies. The specific sticker is the exact same one I have, and they are rare. That is how He got my attention.

You see, I was playing tug of war with God. For the past few years, I must confess that I have been spiritually asleep. Once passionate about pursuing Him, laziness set in. No longer did worship songs stir my spirit. Church was a memory. My language & demeanor had become sarcastic & callous. The fruits I used to bear had disappeared.

The day before I saw the sticker, I had heard about a worship concert my church was having…and for the first time in a while, I wanted to go. He was calling to me. But then the tug of war started. Satan started coming at me fullforce, giving me excuses as to why I shouldn’t go.

It didn’t work.

That was the beginning of a my new walk with God. Ever since that night, He has been moving nonstop in my heart. Once again, I am craving Jesus….spirit sensitive to His presence, eyes searching for His face, ears waiting for His voice.

Wake up, sleeper, 
   rise from the dead, 
   and Christ will shine on you.”  – Ephesians 5:14

He has awakened my soul, called my name, and made contact. This time I won’t let go.

 

 

 

Blind Spot

At the age of 16, like most teenagers, I went through Drivers Ed. Though nerve-racking, it was such an exciting time of my life. It meant one thing…freedom. No longer would I have to depend on my parents to take me places. I was in control for the first time!

One thing that surprised me during my learning experience was discovering my blind spot. Even though the car had these handy mirrors on either side to help me be aware of my surroundings, they didn’t always show everything. If I wasn’t careful, I could potentially miss something and cause myself (or someone else) to have an accident.

Life has it’s share of blind spots as well. If you really think about it, life IS one huge blind spot. We have no idea what lies in the path ahead, and caution is most definitely necessary. The worst kind of blindness is Spiritual Blindness. This is mentioned quite a few times in the Word…

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”  – 2 Corinthians 4:4

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”- Luke 19:41

Whether it be intentional or accidental, as humans, our eyes can be covered and prevent us from seeing the truth of God. The causes are vast. Sometimes Satan is the cause of it…and sometimes we bring it on ourselves.

The first verse above speaks of Satan…”the god of this earth”. Until Jesus returns, Satan’s plan is to wreak havoc. He is the enemy of your soul, and would love nothing more than for you to remain clueless of God’s presence.  He will do anything to keep you from Jesus. Blindfolding us is a huge part of that scheme. If we don’t see the light, we won’t chase it. This keeps us at the same level, becoming idle, stale and complacent.

When the cause of the blind spot is ourselves, denial is a common reason. This can range from…

  • Ignoring God’s Voice – When we choose not to listen to the Holy Spirit, we miss His promptings, and most of all, His love. We are choosing to stay blind in this situation, telling God, “I’ve got this.”
  • Doubting God’s Plan – God knows that as humans, we will have our moments of doubt. Living in doubt is entirely different. Trusting God’s plan will cast light upon the path as He leads you.
  • Denying God’s Existence – When we refuse to recognize who God is, this is the most dangerous form of spiritual blindness. Refusal and resistance cannot lead to salvation, only death.

When we allow Jesus to take off the blindfold, that is the definition of true freedom. Only then will we know truth and be witness to His works in our lives. God is able to see the blind spots that we can’t. He can prepare us for them, enabling us to survive anything that comes our way.

“Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.” – Acts 9:18″

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”- John 8:32