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Friday, June 20, 2014

Cloudy Waters

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
We have a fish tank which is home to eight goldfish. It is quite relaxing to watch them swim around; however, there are times when we have to care for the fish by cleaning their tank. 

Every once in awhile, the water gets cloudy and and that’s when we know it is time to clean the tank. That means we must drain it, clean it, rinse all the rocks, and refill it. Of course in this process, we have to relocate our fish. We wait to catch them until the water is relatively low; this cuts down on the chase somewhat. The poor little dears dart all over frantically trying to avoid the approaching net. One by one, we scoop them out and gently place them in their temporary holding tank. 

During one of these cleaning episodes, my daughter decided to help. After trying to scoop a fish for several minutes, she looked at me in exasperation and said, “Don’t they know we love them and we are trying to help them?” As I explained to her, they will never understand what we were doing, I had to think how this relates to our relationship with God. How many times does the Lord attempt to catch us to prevent us from staying in a situation that is quickly getting unhealthy? Perhaps, it is because the water gets cloudy so slowly; we don’t notice what God can clearly see. God sees and knows all. He will rescue us from the dirty tank, if we will let him. I think we dart every which way because we too don’t understand. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, we do not have the ability to understand the thoughts and ways of God. Sometimes, God chooses to give us insight; but rarely does he give us all of the details. We must learn to trust him with the details. Unlike our little fish, we do have the absolute assurance to know that God is for us (Romans 8:31) and he  is working everything for our benefit and his glory ( Romans 8:28).

There are also times when God removes us from our tanks with no intention of replacing us back there. Sometimes, there is need for us to experience new surroundings and new relationships.

Just like we are taking care of our fish, Jesus is always taking care of us. There are times, like the fish, our tanks need cleaning - sometimes our souls do, too. If we have trusted Jesus with our salvation and eternal destination, why don’t we trust him through the routine cleaning and soul purging process we so desperately need?
Here are some questions to consider this week:

What are some of the ways, you have been darting away from the Lord, lately?

How is God pursuing you; but you are afraid to completely trust him since the next step or end result is unclear to you?

What do these actions say about your level of trust in God?

What would it take for you to trust Him more?


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The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.
 

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry


At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 


2 comments:

  1. I'm just going to put this out here for you. What if you have a Husband that is not where you are on beliefs, such as tithe?

    How can you talk with a judgemental family about the things they say?

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    1. Both of your questions seem to do with what can be the positive outcome of submission. So, what's the best response when you're in a situation where you'd rather see things happening differently? It's not an unfamiliar place for many.

      How might God work things out if we submitted in a difficult situation?

      In the case of wives submitting to their husbands in Ephesians 5:22 we read on further to see that it is a response to loving leadership, Ephesians 5:25-33. The submission talked about here is not a one-sided subjection to domineering person.

      Biblical submission is between two Spirit-filled believers who are mutually yielded to each other and God.

      This is how submission should be.

      But then, what is a wife to do if her submission keeps her from obeying God in something because her husband is either unbelieving or indifferent?

      Abraham and Sarah give us an example. In Genesis 20:13, he told Sarah to lie and say that he was her brother to protect him.

      She yielded to her husbands wishes. Where he was at the time spiritually wasn't what she wanted, however God worked to take care of her and eventually him.

      God knows our intentions, motives and desires.

      Peter says in 1 Peter 2:15 that our submission is the will of God and that with such obedience we will put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

      Then, in 1 Peter 3:1 we see that such submission or conduct husbands may be won, even without saying a word.

      Such responses are huge steps of faith. When things aren't exactly the way we'd like to see them, God knows and understands and will see us through.

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