Letting Go: Walking by Faith

sunset skiesThere are times in our lives when we cry out to God, asking him to turn situations around, begging and pleading for miracles. And sometimes it seems like, he doesn’t hear. In my mind a lot of the time, I would even say that he is late. Long after something has come to a close, then he shows up. Peacefully, in his own time, working things out. I’m very much someone who wants things to be resolved immediately, so I don’t have to worry about them anymore.

There is a story in the Bible of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha. When he was sick, they sent word to Jesus letting him know. Still, he didn’t go right away and by the time he did arrive, Lazarus was already in the tomb, four days later.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:21-22 NIV

God, if you had just been there. We question him all the time. If you had provided that job. If you had of let that relationship work out. If you had of not let me be wounded. If you hadn’t let it die.

Martha knew that if Jesus had just shown up early, he could have quickly healed Lazarus and been on his way. If you want to read the whole story you can in John 11. But basically, Jesus had a greater plan in mind. He knew either way that Lazarus would live, but many of them there didn’t have faith or even have any idea that he could also raise the dead. They were full of sorrow and doubt and moved by their sorrow, Jesus himself cried with them.

He felt their pain.

And he raised Lazarus from the dead. Even when it seemed to everyone that he was late, that it was too late. That there was no way for it to work out, there was. He knew there was a way.

Sometimes, we can get so caught up in rushing things that we don’t realize that some things have to die. We have to be dead to some things, in order to grow. God can bring life back to situations, relationships, he can restore and heal the pain and wounds of the past. However, there are also some things that he may have to forcibly remove us from. But he is never late even when it doesn’t work out in our timeframe.

We must have faith all the same, we must believe and know that even if a situation seems hopeless or lost to us that it is not lost to him. There are many great things at work in all of our lives, even if we don’t yet see it all or understand, all we need to do is know that he has the power.

And believe.

This has been one of my favorite songs to listen to lately and I thought I would share it with you all. We are all storytellers, the greater the pain and the struggles, the more of a story we will have to share to give hope to others.

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11 thoughts on “Letting Go: Walking by Faith

    1. Not yet! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I’m still reading the Circle Maker, Be More, and one of Mary Demuth’s books, I need to settle on one and finish! That’s next on my list though.

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  1. Perhaps you do not yet know how correct you are in the story you chose. Consider for a moment that each person is now a truth. Each name has a meaning and if you take each meaning and apply them back into the verses it tells a very different story and a greater truth arises that you have so wonderfully stumbled upon.

    Consider each name:
    • Jesus: SALVATION, but often identified as TRUTH. Thus He is the process of TRUTH we must follow to become FREE.
    • Mary, Mariam, Martha: All mean REBELLION and they symbolize the struggle to CHANGE from old to new.
    • Lazarus: HELP of GOD.

    By using the meaning of the names only, try and read the same story again and watch it magically change before your eyes:
    TRUTH, CHANGE, HELP of GOD.

    Both “Changes” “relate” and are “akin” to the “Help of God” that has become unfruitful as though dead, yet only sleeping, and thus when “Truth” comes it restores that which is most loved and needed to believe. Freedom of thought restores the aid of God, for truth is salvation from the prison of death called IGNORANCE.

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  2. If you ever want to try and start seeing the truth hidden in the stories there is a thing called a Strong’s Concordance. It’s the original Greek and Hebrew words used and their definition. A great tool I use regularly is the blueletterbible.org

    Look up a verse or word and turn on the “Strong’s” check box and hyperlinks will appear. These links will give you the original words used, MAKE SURE to look at the lexicon below it for clarity and MOST of all look at each words root origins. The true meaning is hidden in the root where a word grows from.

    This is the first step into enlightenment. This aspect is not easily seen if you read the Bible as the stories at face value, missing the greater truth that is the point of the stories themselves. The true power the Bible holds is by understanding the names and how they are used, in thus the book changes from parables* (Stories) to truths about how to understand life clearly and grow closer to God through enlightenment.
    Mark 4:11 Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables*

    PARABLE: http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=G3850&t=KJV
    • an earthly story with a heavenly meaning
    • an example by which a doctrine or precept is illustrated
    • a narrative, fictitious but agreeable to the laws and usages of human life, by which either the duties of men or the things of God, particularly the nature and history of God’s kingdom are figuratively portrayed

    A parable is simply a story either true or fictitious with a greater meaning. Only the child sees the stories and gains morals and fearfully does their duty. But an adult gains insight from the truth hidden within the words and context used. Two things are happening simultaneously but only one side is taught today in churches around the world and the greater truth is hidden from those that need it most and we gain a slave mentality and this is what the Roman churches used for almost 2 thousand years to control its followers. But control is not the end solution as the purpose of the Book is to teach you to mirror Christ in your life through following in the footsteps of Him thus following the process of TRUTH underlined in the stories. In thus control is eschewed in turn for freedom. Look at the Bible itself: OT teaches rules and control yet, NT teaches eschewing the rules to gain freedom. There is much you are missing due to a lack of understanding, though not your fault, but with clearer insight you can learn to see the truth of God laid out for all yet hidden in plain sight from the beast.

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