Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell
"Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed."
~ Proverbs 16:3 ~ Amplified Version
Driving out to the campsite we drove around slowly to find the 'perfect' location for pitching our tent. The purpose of our drive was to stake out the campground. We then planned on going home to retrieve our camping supplies. As we drove around we spotted the land. Tim prayed over that land that God would guard it so that when we came back a couple of hours later the camping location would still be available. Sure enough when we arrived after retrieving our camping supplies the camping site was still available just for us.
We thanked the Lord, parked in our spot and unloaded our 'Jimmy' with all of our camping supplies from lanterns, to cooking utensils, sleeping bags, pillows, foam mattresses, cots, etc.
After unloading the Jimmy we then looked for the 'perfect' location to pitch our tent. We found the area, cleared out any rocks and sticks so that when we pitched the tent, we would not accidentally tear the bottom of the tent or lay down uncomfortably on a rock.
Laying out the tent, we placed the poles through the flaps of the tent, propped the tent up, then placed the cover over the tent. As we finished putting the tent together we then placed the stakes through the metal hooks. However, to our surprise we found that when my husband tried to hammer the stakes into the ground he was hitting solid Austin Stone beneath the shallow surface.
Although we were not anticipating for any storms we thought out loud how unstable our tent would be if the tent were tried by a storm; we would not be surprised to find that the tent would most likely not make it through such a storm, because the ground did not allow the stakes to go through as deep as it needed to.
As I thought about the Austin Stone beneath the shallow surface, it brought me to an interesting thought. There are many times that we can plot, prepare and plan our lives around and within certain criterias that we have set for ourselves. As we see progression we continue on without a thought of concern regarding our heart towards the Lord. However, many times we are caught off guard by the unexpected circumstances. We become quickly moved from that plotted plan of preparation as we are not anchored deep into the surface of the ground by the Word of God.
As we plot, prepare and plan our lives may it be under the guidance of the Holy Spirit through His Word. For He knows what is best for us and what is best for those He wants us to help along the way.
The question I ask myself, "Is my heart hardened by past failures, faults and hurts from my own doing along with others? Or is the ground of my heart rich, soft, and fertile because of His Unfailing Word that needs to be within me moment by moment? Is He able to work through me to help others for His glory?
I pray that my heart remains sensitive and not hardened, no matter what happens. For there is someone waiting for my hearts willingness to obey. Even if at first I am not willing; it is amazing how as I walk in obedience, my heart changes and I become grateful to God that I had an opportunity to glorify Him.