An Emotional Funeral – Pt. 3

20 May

The Sea of Singleness

This brings me back to singleness. God hasn’t kept you single to make you miserable. No! He has wonderful plans for you. He desires for you to sacrifice your ‘Isaac’ and become completely His so He can accomplish His perfect purpose in your life.

When Jesus was with his disciples, mass crowds followed him into the desert. He spent time with the multitudes but then knew that He needed to steal away and pray. He told his disciples to get into a ship and go to the other side. As they were sailing across, they struck a storm. The boat was tossed to and fro. I’m sure the disciples were trying all within their might to stay on course despite the howling winds and tumultuous waters. They might have even been wondering why Jesus couldn’t be with them. After all, He was the One that held the winds in His fists.

Then in the blackness of the night, Jesus appears walking on the sea! Each disciple was full of fear and was very troubled. But the Lord calmed their fears and told them to be of good cheer. He rebuked them for their little faith and asked them why they even doubted. Once they realized the sovereignty of their Master, they came before Him and worshipped.

You may have been commanded to sail across the sea of singleness. In this sea, there may be troubled waters, mighty winds, maybe even sea monsters that would shake us to our core. Would you have rathered stay on the dry ground hanging on to the arm of Jesus? Of course! The disciples probably would have wished that too. Nonetheless, God knows that this sea is going to strengthen our faith. He commands us to be of good cheer! We may have to call out to Him, “Save us!” when our emotions start to overwhelm us. He will be there; He will save. Having sailed the sea, we will then have the experience of knowing that He is the Son of God and has a purpose in absolutely everything.

All Because of Love

You can’t serve God and your affections. You must have and hold on to Christ alone lest you slip into the dark abyss of despair. You must believe that God will accomplish the best in your life. If you don’t believe it, you will miss out on the joy that only comes from Him and the great adventures that await you in the service of the King!

The motivation to surrender all to the Lord and once and for all leave our gift at the altar comes from a perfect heart of love. Nothing else will take us there or keep us there. But be prepared – it may take us longer than we’d expect to bind our Isaac to the altar. If our Isaac is so attached to our hearts, it may take great persistence to get it to lay there without reaching out and pulling us whichever way. It may be a strenuous, exhausting, and hard process. It may be grievous and very hard to bear.  It may be an emotional funeral. But it will be so worth it!

Our spirits will be free and we will be content in the will of God. We will experience joy welling up within us and we will find purpose and meaning in the life that God has chosen for us. Our spiritual eyes will be opened and we will begin to see the small ministries that have been waiting for us all along.

Remember that you can only be a surrendered vessel full of the joy of the Lord when you fall completely in love with Jesus Christ. Let’s learn how we can do that and become defenders of passion to the world around us. A warrior of love will advance in truth and righteousness!

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2 Responses to “An Emotional Funeral – Pt. 3”

  1. Carolee Schwaderer May 21, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Very good writing, and I look forward to reading your book someday. God bless you Sara. I am sure this will be a blessing to many, and can apply to all of us, in many areas of our lives.

  2. Robin May 21, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Very thought-provoking. What a blessing and encouragement you are, Sara. You are so much in my thoughts and prayers, especially as you work on your book. God is going to use you mightily. Love you so much!

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