I just got back from a Quest and saw it again. I saw the difference between the way we normally try to do things and the way that things work. The consistency of the power of encounter is amazing and transformative time and time again. The value of waiting on eternal things by temporarily getting away is infinite.
Once again, God changed lives from the inside out when we stepped away from the outside stuff that distracts us. He met the men on this Quest, including myself and the staff, in ways that only He can. I am reminded of the power of holding and not needing to fix things for others who are seeking for themselves. The wait allows for the change.
We are so accustomed to seeking information that will make things different. When we draw near to God, we get transformation. One word from Him changes what a library of books and lifetime of sermons can’t address. The books and the sermons have new meaning as we are new from the encounter.
Life gets on us and in us and we carry around hurts and lies that distort our perspective. The unpacking of those lies starts with looking at our choices and seeking God’s insight on why we do what we do. In the areas where we have habitual problems, we will find that we are operating from a lie. When that has been persistent for an extended period of time, that lie was spoken into some wound and took root there. Chasing, asking, listening and waiting allows for the uncovering of that things that produces the things we hate. Then He heals it.
Often we don’t want to go there and/or don’t know it’s there in the first place. We’re too busy. Sometimes we’re too busy with Christian stuff to wait on Christ. Our well intended applications of His truth leave us frustrated when it’s more us trying to do than it is Him in us coming through. We strive for the right reasons but with the wrong methods.
He wants to change our hearts and the result will be our choices change along with it. We will find the healing, redemption and equipping for things to be different, but we have to wait on the One that makes things different. We can do good things, but He does supernatural things. When we wait.