For the generation that we are in right now, there is such a draw to the public arena of influence. Online.
Yet hidden behind the masks and images that we portray, and the few minutes that we post, is HOURS of scrolling and ghosting, and strategising the next post that will somehow make you now feel like you measure up..... is brokenness, insecurity, lies that we are believing that we are not enough and our life is les than.
We want to make a difference. We really do. But what if the hours we spent investing into the image, or eating away at the present, could actually be spent in pursuit of our freedom and wholeness?
Because I wish I could tell you that the pursuit of freedom and wholeness is instant. That it won't take long.
Deliverance is….and is your miraculous portion.
But overcoming, growing, evolving, healing … it takes intention and time, courage and choices.
This is the part that is painful. This is th epart that takes investment, doing the work and not escaping onlibe for hours to only feed the problem.
But on this climb, there you find an intimacy with God and others that you would never experience anywhere else.
I love when Jesus called His ‘climbing companions’ with Him. Those committed are the ones who were distinguished from the crowd. They are the ones who heard the ‘blessed are those who..’ sermon on the mount (Matthew 5).
What if this was your season to climb?
Oh, rise up, dear friend, my fair and beautiful lover—come to me! Come, my shy and modest dove— leave your seclusion, come out in the open.
What if your online presence was actually your seclusion. Where you have been hiding?
Or what else could your seclusion have looked like?
Your comfort eating?
Your netflix binging?
Your 'no I am ok' .. when you are not?
What if this 'lent' if you are reading this in real time .. or the next forty days... you created a new habit. Just one. One that took you climbing. With Jesus. Into the open.
Song of Songs 2:10
The Passion Translation
The one I love calls to me:
Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling. Come away with me! I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one.
So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me]
O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is ravishing
I love this image of Jesus turning our faces towards Him.
I do not believe we can find this anywhere else.
We can taste of human connection and eye-to-eye moments.
They are rare and need to be re-established.
But first let it happen with Jesus. He is safest. He has the time. He has the acess.
He actually asks us to pause long enough to encounter Him like this.
Look Him in the eye.
For me, this means the long, slow pausing, still, reading, lingering, standing, kneeling, breathing deep, looking in the mirror and seeing Him in my eyes (try it.. it is confronting), visually imagining Him walking with me up the steep moments of my life, and turning my face towards Him, before anyone or anything else.
Even on the cliff face, is His face.
The Passion Translation
For you are my dove, hidden in the split-open rock. It was I who took you and hid you up high in the secret stairway of the sky. Let me see your radiant face and hear your sweet voice. How beautiful your eyes of worship and lovely your voice in prayer.
He wants to hear us there. Your voice.
What you are feeling, believing, thinking, experiencing?
Say it out loud.
Those emotions that your face is ‘saying’ .. it is ravishing to Jesus.
He does not despise the words you are saying on the climb.
He can handle it.
He can handle you.
Not just handle you.
He is ravished by you.
Your promise on the climb is this…
Hab 3.19The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
Do not stop climbing. The journey is worth it. Come out of hiding.