Author and Sustainer :Vows to Live By


God has called me to listen to Him; to listen to the disappointments of His people in each other, and sometimes in Him, and to represent the Truth, of His Faithfulness – in word, in action and in the posture of my faith in Him. So many times I hear myself and others speak about our frustrated expectations in relationships we are in. We have pre-conceived ideals as to how others need to handle their roles as our relationship partners: our parents, spouses, lovers, children, betrothed, pastors, work colleagues, workmates, the bus driver, the police, the army, our political, corporate, church leaders….but primarily how we feel God has let us down by NOT MAKING THEM CONFORM to OUR ideals. The truth is that, we are our own worst let-downs…I am just saying. Anyway let’s go back to the main stream of my thoughts this afternoon.

Many relationships, God ordained relationships are on their death bed or have been buried because one person [or more accurately, both] is not excellently living up to standards, as well as continual and increasingly sometimes complex of expectations collected from other sources along our pilgrim.  These may be  inspirational, often even powerful, but sadly and on the  most part,  un-communicated to the person who is expected to live up to them. Often the first they hear about is when they are drawn into the courts where reputations die, by advocates other than the relationship partner. If the relationship partner does bring it up, it is often in a sentence that begins with something like “why are you not like….” Many times though, we silently and resolutely move from that relationship, by refusing to live up to our own expectations in it, citing as an excuse for our execution – ‘insufficient resourcing‘ from the ‘errant partner‘. In other words, ‘it doesn’t matter really what I did or am doing now to harm the relationship we are both responsible to God for nurturing, JUST  what YOU are not doing right.’ The ‘more humble’ amongst us, judge ourselves against the same cruel standards…for being a certain way and lacking something that heaven has not given us, and perhaps, never will. You know what am talking about…it’s that thing that just popped into your mind.

So this morning I am again before My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, repenting for not measuring up…and I hear the smile in His voice, a somewhat sad smile as He tells me “I am going to teach you to lay down your harmful standards, and take on Mine, Vip. Who went and lied to you by telling that I need those things from you? You are already giving Me back the fullness of what I have given to you, and you have pleased Me.” I get this vision of a majestic but tired eagle about to fall off a precariously small, jagged mountain-ledge. It is too tired to fly off this place that it, itself flew into and can’t exactly walk off. The only way off that place seems to fall off and crash into the rocky jagged bottom of the mountain – and there surrender to death brought about by its injuries, and despair. I hear my own spirit whisper, tired ‘that’s me over there’. And then suddenly a huge man looking Spirit being appears next to the eagle. The Being is bigger than all mountains  put together, standing tall above the clouds with His Feet upon the earth; but beautiful, gentle and terrible to look at. The Eagle is not frightened of Him. And when He extends His fore-finger and the Eagle trustingly grasps onto it and The Being Walks away beyond my vision. The message is clear…you just need to Trust in Him and He will take you where He is taking you, to Heaven’s Table land, beyond carnal vision. Indeed, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.’ 1 Corinthians 2:9

And later in the afternoon, I am chatting with one of my oldest and dearest friends and we begin to praise The God of our journey and something falls into place for me. In spite of what your carnal state looks like to you and to others, God through Jesus Christ and the Trinity has committed to put in the work to make sure that your and I make it to heaven. We must however do something, we must Trust Him. Trust that God’s Hand WILL NOT drop you off the heights or bury us in the valleys we may have found ourselves in. And my standards and yours are pretty filthy and shabby to hope to impress Him by. For me that settles all my lofty debates…The Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, The Almighty God, HAS committed to doing all to make sure, I am among the number of triumphant saints worshiping before The Heavenly Throne someday soon. What is keeping you away?

    “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, THE AUTHOR AND PERFECTOR of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

“come to Me ALL YOU who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I WILL give you rest” Jesus Christ in Mathew 11:28

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
   that the mountains would tremble before You!

...When You did awesome things for which we did not look,
      You came down,
      The mountains shook at Your presence.
       For since the beginning of the world
      Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
      Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
      Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
       You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
      Who remembers You in Your ways. ” Isaiah 64

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About viphealthyleadership
I am a friend of God, who loves to listen to, and talk to Him and write to and through Him. My prayer concerns revolve mainly around homes and nations, and how Christ's wounded warriors can arise and get involved again in the building of these and in the repairwork needed to restore these to their God-intended glory. I believe that true and effective leadership, can only come from those who have been wounded, recognised their wounds for what they are, and have allowed God to heal these and make them stronger in loving the ones they would lead. I am a mother of two: Leroy and Shukurani and a grandmother of one - Giovanni Gett.

3 Responses to Author and Sustainer :Vows to Live By

  1. Anne says:

    Glory ! God’s hand will not drop off! His standard will lift us up above the storms….not drop us off into the waves of life…..

  2. This is unbelievable…I am so humbled.

  3. Roe Washika says:

    Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

    My prayer is that our God will instruct us on how we should go in our roles as: priests in our homes, spouses one to another, parents to our children, neighbors in our communities, workers in our places of work and above all as children of the Most High God in this deteriorating world.

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