As a little girl I loved to swing. The feeling of soaring high and then the free fall as I pumped my legs harder. My hair flowing in the wind along with my childlike laughter. Such carefree and simple days of long ago.
After a time my friends would get creative and we would try different things. One was to swing into each other. Another was to daringly swing high and jump off.
But today I am reminded of another endeavor we did. While I sat in the swing my friend would turn me around and around so that the chains above would wrap around each other. When finished she would let go and I would start to untwist. I would gain momentum as I untwisted at a rapid rate. Anticipating when I reach the end and start into the opposite direction only to be jerked back into the rightful position.
Have you ever felt like your life is twisting out of control? And it is gaining momentum?
I do…..and I am apprehensive.
Lately in my daily quiet time I have been reading through Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. Can I just say that they are NOT my favorites book to read. God is laying down the law to the Israelites, encouraging them to go in and take possession of the land he had given them. At the same time warning them to not take on their customs. Drive them out! Do not mix with them.
Yet they do. And after a while they begin to endure the very things they were warned about and they start whining. God forgives them and warns them once more. Yet the same situation enfolds again and again.
Today I feel that I am seeing that scenario LIVE.
We have allowed the enemy to move in and take over. I see it in individuals, families, countries, in politics and even the church. While he licks his chops, pats himself on the back, and arrogantly brags about his victories, we watch in horror.
Key word is that we watch.
Watch as we remain stagnant.
Pieces of the puzzle that were once opaque are now seen with clarity. The Bible warns us in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 in the last days:
· People will be lovers of themselves
· Boastful, Proud, Abusive
· Disobedient to the parents
· Without love, unforgiving, slanderous
· Without Self control, brutal
· Treacherous, rash, conceited
· Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
· Having a form of godliness but denying its power.
It saddens me to say that the above list is indicative of most people today. And for the first time in my life I am afraid for America.
Much like the swing, we are untwisting at a rapid rate. Quickly we are coming to the end and when we get there…..we will take a spin in the opposite direction…..be jerked back into a rightful position….and whether you are ready or not….. you will be peering into the face of Jesus.
Once again we have been warned …..”at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Philippians 2:10-11
I truly hope you are ready……