Small Straws in a Soft Wind by Marsha Burns
By Marsha Burns
Small Straws in a Soft Wind
~Small Straws In A Soft Wind by Marsha Burns -- March 26, 2008:
Beloved, bring all of your cares to Me and leave them with Me. I cannot work on your behalf when you hang on to your trouble. I can only resolve your issues if you will give them to Me and trust Me completely. Instead of murmuring and complaining about all the things that throw you into consternation, worry, and confusion, begin to rejoice that I am doing a work in you that is deeper than your temporary circumstances. I am bringing order out of chaos that will result in greater spiritual growth and maturity, which is eternal, says the Lord. Trust Me!
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
This is the hour of the rise of the modern day circuit rider. These will be persons that will forsake the comforts of the hour to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. Young men and women who will lay down any right to earthly pleasure to obtain the pleasures of heaven on earth. I have always been amazed at the men and women who preached during the Methodist revival. Many of them preached circuits in their lifetime. They would go from town to town on horseback preaching in houses, on haystacks and in General stores. They didn't care much where they preached unless the gospel was being released and people's lives were being transformed.
Jesus, as a rabbi, chose disciples into whom He would pour His life — not just teach them information, but disclose His heart. These disciples observed Him in every setting. They had backstage passes to His most intimate moments. They were welcomed into His private dealings. Jesus' disciples — with all this up close access — made a connection between His life of prayer and His life of power, and they asked Him to teach them to pray.
The wind of the Holy Spirit is always blowing, but there needs to be something for that wind to "blow into". God looks for us to put up our sails that His wind might blow into our sails to take us where He wants us. When we step out in new ways it is like putting up our sails for the winds of His Presence. It takes some effort on our part to find out just how to put up those sails. In our times with God the light of revelation gives us guidance on just what to do. God inspires us to do things that His wind might find something to blow upon. Sometimes it may seem like we are putting up our sails but the wind is not blowing. Persistence is necessary to find His wind, discovering what works and where the wind is blowing.