I hit the wall a little earlier today. It was as simple as opening a drawer and seeing the “days of the week” plastic container with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday empty and Thursday with only half of the days medicine gone. Simple when you just say it but standing in my kitchen alone, looking over to where the bed was and seeing an empty space, it just suddenly made me feel as if my insides were going to collapse.
This morning I received a message from a loved one who had recently lost their mom, it touched me so deeply knowing we are going through this dark place together, a dark hallway it seems and truth be told I am still standing in the middle of that hallway trying to decide which door I will go through next. I put my fingers on the keyboard and started to type and as it often happens when I got through and read it I knew it was not from my own mind but from the Holy Spirit Himself. I thought I would share it with you in case you are in that dark place yourself. When we lose a loved one we try to imagine what they are doing, who they are meeting, and this is what came to me, it was, “No words I know they will have a big party in heaven. It’s like being a kid all over again knowing that there is a party going on but being sent to bed before it gets good. We will be “adults” soon enough, for now let’s go back to sleep and have sweet dreams of our precious loved ones having a good time…”
As we enter the year 2015, (does that sound as futuristic to you as it does to me?) we can’t find ourselves steeped in the dregs of all the burdens of the past year (s), we need to dust ourselves off and start all over again.
I wrote an article a while back that said, “Shed your skin and start again” and it applies here! It came to me one morning as I walked outside and saw something on the sidewalk that startled me, it was the skin of a snake! I came in the house and ran a search on why snakes shed their skin and watched a video of a Corn Snake doing just that. They start by rubbing their mouth and nose against hard and rugged objects to make a tear in their skin and continue to rub against these hard objects until the skin begins to roll down and they are able to just pull out of it, quite a sight! Then I went to Ask.com to find out why they do this and how often. I found that it is for their growth; they cannot grow until the old skin is gone so they can stretch out and even after they quit growing they continue to shed to replace old or broken scales. I put on my thinking cap, starting to get the point, 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become NEW! We pray for a new move of the Spirit in our life, or for a new inspiration, “Lord help me grow in the Spirit, teach me to know Your ways” and then we find ourselves with our nose up against a “grindstone”, rubbing our skin raw, we begin to feel like we are between a rock and a hard place and wonder why! We have prayed so hard, “why am I having such a hard time?” Again we find an answer in nature, we, like the snake, are covered with scales of our old life, our un-productive or sinful life, the dead skin cells of our old dead (how many times I have said that) life and we wonder why we cannot grow, are you beginning to see it now?
So we learn we must welcome the “rock and the hard place” and let ourselves by scrubbed hard against them be rid of our old, rigid ways. In one of the commentaries, talking of snakes that you keep and watch, it said to make sure to examine the dead skin to make sure the “eye caps” are on there, if not, the snake cannot see. “Open my eyes Lord, I want to see Jesus”. Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver… We must be refined in order to be pure, like fine gold or silver; all the dross burned away that is a hot fire! Are we alone in that fire? A silver refiner sits over the pot, right there in the heat of the fire and watches the silver as it heats and the impurities come to the surface (the way I make yogurt), the way he knows it is finally pure is when he can see the reflection of his own face in the silver. Isaiah 43:2-3 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord, your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Are you asking, “What’s the significance?” It is that we want to ask for gifts from God without being refined or shedding the “old” part of our nature that would interfere with doing God’s will and work!
Don’t be afraid of the rough, hard, rugged places that will “buffet” you, and don’t be afraid of the refiner’s fire! Shed this past year (s) and let’s have a fresh start in 2015! Happy New Year to YOU!