Last night as I lay in bed, headphones snug to my ears listening to some of my favorite praise and worship music, hearing God's voice - He reminded me of all the times He caused me to think of Him through the beauty and intricate workings of creation, of nature.
The Heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge; they have no speech, they use no words, no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. NIV
For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. NIV
Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? NIV
He causes me to think of the seasons, winter, spring, summer and fall.
There are times in our lives, if we are true followers of Christ when the season seems cold, dark, and His presence seems to escape us. But we can simply look outside our window during these times, this season and understand the purpose of His plan. Surely His Word declares the same, but He surrounds us with His word, both written and spoken as the verses above convey. Even the plants and animals retreat into a place that is safe, secure, renewing, refreshing and during this time they are made new again. Think of it. When the winter months come and the warmth of the sun isn't enough to sustain the growth once realized in the spring and summer months - the plants seem to die. Their fruit falls, then their leaves, water retreats from their branches and some limbs die off. But we know the plant still lives deep beneath the soil, where their roots are protected. During this time they store up the energy and renew their strength for the coming months when they will produce fragrant blossoms and nourishing fruit. They will be food for all who are in need. From the tiniest insects to the delicate butterfly. Even for us. But even more, not only will they produce fruit, that fruit will host a multitude of seeds, promise of producing after its own kind if all the conditions are right.
These are the times that God wants us to get alone with Him. We cannot produce fruit unless we do. We cannot be renewed and reenergized without going deep into His chambers, to wait upon Him, and seek His face, His presence. This is the time more than any He says "Come away with Me".. He wants us to come away with Him, to the secret place into His chambers.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. NIV
The King James 2000 Bible says it this way: But you, when you pray, enter into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
This alone time is critical to your walk with God. This is the relationship, this is the communion with God, that He desires. Without it the ability to produce fruit is very limited at best. This is the essence of our walk with God, our testimony, our discipleship. It is the very foundation of everything that He is calling us to be and do. This is the place where it all starts, thrives and ends.
I have said it a hundred times or more. We do not foster a relationship with God through someone else, except Jesus Christ and Jesus Himself made a way for us to go boldly before the throne of grace. The very throne of God.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. NIV
Let us come before Him, making our petitions known, in the name of Jesus that we might be renewed in this season. Let us bow down before Him giving thanks, honor and praise.
We are to bear fruit, for all - that they would partake and come into the saving knowledge of Christ and what He accomplished, so they to will know they can approach the throne of grace for all their needs, for the healing of the nations and the expansion of His most glorious and magnificent Kingdom. Let us go away with Him, into the secret place, into His chambers that His countenance would shine upon us. Let us bear fruit throughout all the land!
Learn to recognize the seasons of your spiritual journey and respond accordingly. He wants to be alone with you, to show you the mysteries of His kingdom. To reveal the secret things that you might share them with those around you and He would live through you.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. NIV