Persistence, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Ask, Seek, Knock

Our pilgrimage on this earth can resemble many different forms. We can relate to our journey as being in a boat on the calm waters but suddenly dark hovering clouds producing lighting, thunder, and hurricane winds come out of nowhere seeking to capsize our boat with us in it.

Another form of our traveling this pilgrimage of life may mirror taking a road trip. When finances were and are limited, Bobby and I enjoy just hitting the open road to see where the bends, twists, and turns will take us. Our natural GPS system usually takes us to the North Georgia Mountains or the Great Smokey Mountains.

Just as the mountain roads turn, twist, curve, climb, narrow, and keep you holding onto your seat as you travel along, our Christian pilgrimage has been just as adventurous.

However, the mountain roads can be extremely dangerous so it is wise to be alert as you travel along. Suddenly, the weather changes from blue skies above to freezing rain, sleet, and snow and there is no place to stop or turn back, so you keep moving forward, Persistence.

Winter Wonderland

1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

As Bobby and I started over the mountain from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Cherokee North Carolina, the weather changed and we were traveling though winter wonder land. At first it was breath taking, but the higher we climbed the ice began to stick to our wind shield and also sticking to the narrow twisting and turning of the road which caused extreme anxiety.

As we persevered down the steep slippery snow and ice covered mountain road, our prayer was that God would cover us with His protection.  Psalm 121:3 – He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber.

Like the trip down the hazardous mountain road, Bobby and I have had to be alert and persistent during our pilgrimage through individuals’ premeditated lies, flattery, deception, manipulation, gossip, slandering, arrogance, jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatefulness, vengeance, spitefulness, disrespect, dishonor, disloyalty, oppression, betrayal and injustice.

Matthew 9: 27-31 – As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.

These blind men were persistent. They followed Jesus straight into the house. They were not going to stop asking, seeking and knocking, Matthew 7:7-12, 1 John 5: 13-15.

These blind men wanted their physical sight restored, but God also restores spiritual sight; Luke 15:11-24, v-17 – When he came to his senses …….. It often takes great sorrow and tragedy to cause people to look to the only One who can help them.

2 Kings 6:8-23, v- 16-17 – “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

The blind men were persistent in asking, seeking and knocking for the restoration of their physical sight. Bobby and I have been just as persistent in God restoring what the enemy has stolen from us physically and spiritually. Like Elisha, our army out weighs the enemies army.

In Luke 18: 1-8, Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always ask, seek and knock and never give up. The widow was seeking justice for an unjust situation and from an unjust judge.

Bobby and I are asking, seeking, and knocking on the Most High’s door for justice not from this secular worldly court system, and not from bad shepherds.

Matthew 28:18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Revelation 1:8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 3:7-9….These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

God is and will restore what the locust has eaten and what has been snatched from us by injustice.