WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY! BY PARRIS –
“Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”
I came across this quote while reading the Bible other day. I love it in the Message. Some of the meanings that I found were: “Being straightened in your innermost part. Having no room in the heart. To coop up in a small place”. It’s crazy to think about how much we hedge God in in our lives. We give him no room to work nor do we remember the work of redemption. (I speak for myself that it is!) I love it when things seem to “hit the wall” in my life and I hear God’s whisper again, “He has this and always has”! What a relief, my Heavenly Father knows the things I need before I even ask him! Are you afraid, weary and carrying emotional baggage? Living the “wide-open, spacious life” is what the Father intended.
Recently we had a new intake at Marysong. She was fearful, diagnosed with all sorts of mental disorders. I myself was even hesitant to take her in. Even though it has just been a few weeks, she is noticing (and me!) a drastic change in her behavior for the good! She has a very long, long road ahead but she is learning not to live so small within. Wow!
I found this quote by Spurgeon who says, “Oh, you poor blind one, look to Christ and live! I was about to say, “You dead ones, come!” And I do say it, for God says it—”Awake, you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” “What is the use of talking thus to dead people?” asks one. My dear Friends, I do not suppose that it would be of any use for you to do so, because, you see, you were never sent on such an errand! But I am as much sent to preach to the dry bones, tonight, as Ezekiel was when he stood in the valley and said, “You dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.” In the name of the eternal God, I say, “You guilty sinners, fly to Christ, and live!”
Spurgeon’s joy was based not only on his own ability to recover, but on God’s ability to replenish. Rather than seeing the bigness of your problem and the smallness of God, allow the Spirit to see just how big our God is in your life!