A valley of suffering becomes a doorway of hope.
The playing field is set out and we are invited to take up our positions.
As we observe what has been unfolded we see new, different structures for goal posts we see different markings on the ground we see unfamiliar fellow players we see no written rule book.
Will what we knew before be what we need now? Shall we commence the game using the old rules that would give us some sense of security?
David was on the throne as King when he had the revelation from God to write Psalm 23. We continue to be blessed by those words today.
The words revealed to him then were His comfort and guide and have continued throughout generations to still bear the same for us and provide illumination of the way.
The word still brings our revelation , fresh breath, vision today. As we move to new eras, new locations, new seasons there is the revelation unfolding in fresh ways to accommodate.
The light still shines at our feet to set us on the right way, teach us the new lay of the land to set our experiential knowledge to and feel the way forward.
We are in the same place of new as King David was and require to sit at the feet as Mary did Jesus and listen and know in our heart the way afresh.
Taking along the actual comfort blankets of what has preceded are to become burdensome. New tools are needed for the new. God has it all in hand ready to provide exactly what is required.
We are all on a level playing field. We all have eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to know.
As we read scripture we will be guided by the Spirit to rest in certain places and abide a while in that place awaiting wisdom and clarity.
We are given courage to be open to . Set new standards. To become adaptable. To become reformed in character.
The playing field is set. We will not be in the game if we hang on to the old. We align with God and go with His lead.
We step into the next season and release ourselves from any past trauma. We all have been and are being equipped for our place, our position, our part.
When Jesus walked this earth He was on unchartered territory. He was part of a new playing field.
He was there to touch the untouchables. Many were those with Leprosy or unclean spirits or habits.
His parables of the kingdom were not the ways of the world but of what He saw from the Father.
The Good Samaritan was not the one stereotypical of doing the good deed.
The crown of thorns was not the crown people were looking for.
His life was a new playing field for others to find their positions, roles, purpose and identity in.
Every bit of it was fore seen and planned for by God. He was in control of the bigger picture unfolding
As He is now.
The illustration shows a new playing field, an unidentifiable game illuminated only by The Word and The Holy Spirit . The light pushing back the darkness.
Two scriptures that come to mind.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”Psalm 23:1-6 ESV
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”Psalm 119:105 ESV
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