FELLOWSHIP IN A GARDEN TUB
Worship is 24/7. When an encounter with the living God occurs, worship it is the only response whether it is expressed in reverent fear or joyful singing. It is not mindful of time, place, or whom you are around.
I had my list of things to do this evening (February 29th, 2012):
1. Eat a healthy dinner early around 6ish- check
2. Have time to enjoy my daily fix of “coffee” to avoid exquisite headache after dinner-check
3. Allow food to digest while enjoying coffee-check
4.Workout at 8pm while watching “Spurs vs. Bulls” Basketball game-check (Spurs lost booohooo)
5.Return Home to do necessary laundry for the next day….didn’t happen….I ended up disinfecting counter-tops, tables, and dusting off shelves and pictures….ha! Totally got side-tracked (lol)
6. Spend time reading “The Valley of Vision” and meditate on God’s revelation-check
7. Hit the shower then night, night! LOL!!!!!
You want to make God laugh, tell him of your plans….I like this quote, but a better one is “A man thinks in His heart, but the Lord directs His steps.”….and He did just that and hence me being still up at 1:19am in the morning on March 1st,2012. My goal bedtime was Midnight….O, How He must be rolling!
I started reading “The First Day Evening: The Teacher” from the Valley of Vision and a sentence in that prayer arrested my thoughts completely. It read as the following: “Let us not live UNCERTAIN of what we are , or of where we are going.”…..Time froze….Air molecules stilled…..and He started making music in me….A response to what I had read…..The word “I am certain of this” kept resonating in my spirit and my hands reached for a pen and He unleashed worship onto my journal. Needless to say, a poem was birthed with the title: “CERTAIN”. At the end of this endeavor, I googled “certain and bible” together and Philippians 1:6 popped up with the following words in the New Living Translation: “And I am certain that God, who began a good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ Returns.” I was in awe….This very scripture captured the entire poem and its CERTAIN message. My spirit was overjoyed, but also sank within me. I was humbled by what He had revealed and I lingered there a while before heading to the shower, treasuring what I had learned in my heart. There was a spirit of lightness and heaviness in my heart at the same time….And I kept on telling my Savior “I am humbled by your revelation tonight” and thanking him for what He had done as I turned the shower knob and stood under medium-hot streams of water. And it happened…..He spoke….In the midst of running water, which has now muffled any other surrounding noises, I heard him whisper in my spirit repeatedly and washing over me: “I am pleased with you daughter”. With head bowed, eyes closed, and sobbing, I took in what He was saying and savored it, but for a brief moment as reason (my flesh) tried to get in the way quoting even scripture, in this instance Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer”, and a list of things I hadn’t done right as argument why He shouldn’t be pleased with me. “I am pleased with you my daughter” kept on getting louder drowning my doubts and my rightful merits, then it all dawned on me: these are the very words He spoke over His Son Jesus, when He baptized Him. O Teacher, how gentle you are to point me back to Christ, the reason for my merit of such revelation and sweet affirmation. I was now bent with both the knowledge of my wretchedness as well as my holy standing in Him….I sobbed uncontrollably still standing under the running water, which now had taken the symbol of His spirit and truth washing over me and the inevitable happened: I took a knee, actually both knees in my Garden Tub which had now become His throne room…Some time elapsed and I was now on my feet ….And He spoke again…..”Be still and Know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. At that, I immersed myself completely under the shower as hot water turned steam enveloped the bathroom, I stood still and I acknowledged His presence…..more heavenly thoughts entered and penetrated my mind and my being. My arms were flailing uncontrollably then they were raised to Him as holy fear gripped my inmost being just like Isaiah, but one particular reality rang in my head: I was standing physically naked before my God in my Garden Tub worshiping and I was not ashamed of Him or of my nakedness. He reminded me that I no longer was driven out of the Garden of Eden and no longer Cheribums and flaming sword were flashing back and forth guarding the way to Him…I was welcomed, reconciled, can walk with Him in the coolness of day, and any time; and though I was physically naked before Him, I was forever spiritually clothed with Jesus, my robe of righteousness. Hallelujah, what a Savior! My Garden Tub, but for a moment had turned into the Garden of Eden. I kept on praying: Lord, etch this encounter in the deepest part of my spirit and the inmost part of my soul. Let me remember ever word spoken and all of the parallels of shadows pointing to Heavenly things. O, Garden Tub; O, running water; O, steam; …How can I look upon you the same way after this? I will always remember when you have turned into the altar of my praise to my King, my Tent of Meeting. It is now 2:09am on March 1st, 2012.…and the day, shall we say, has started with a Bang! Good night God, Good night Jesus, Good night Holy Spirit…even if your watchful eyes never slumber or sleep. I love you, your happy daughter Mimi.