Welcome to Day 1 of Chapter 5 from Arise & Shine’s Part 7. Today, Bettie is bringing forward our first free will offering of the Stone Tablets: Revealing the Covenant and Testimony of Jesus (the Word fulfilled).
A few years ago, my daughter and I talked about how difficult it was for her as a little girl to grasp the concept of “trusting the water” to keep her afloat in the shallow water with me as I tried to help her. But then when she was a little older, she went to a water park with her friend and slid down a big slide into a pool that was deeply over her head, and she just pushed herself over to the edge without any difficulty.
She asked me, “Is it because the deeper water has a greater ability to keep you afloat?” And my answer was, “not really. Water is water. Maybe it’s just that in the deeper water you don’t have the ability to try to put your feet down and hold yourself up as you do in the shallow water.”
And that struck me so deeply! As God was asking me to let go of that standard that was erected for me in the midst of the roaring waves and to just dive or fall into the water with Him, it’s because HE is the buoyancy, HE is keeping me afloat here, trusting the water. He has taken away my ability to rely on my own strength to touch the bottom of the pool and hold myself up (which was actually making it easier to sink in the process!) .
Then, a few days ago, that water of life returned to me in a new way, speaking of His compassion and care for me in the new season set before me:
As Anna and I shared our hearts with each other, Anna was reminded of the book we read together when we first started penning this book we are now sharing with you here. What a gift it is to see how God has been answering the prayer Heidi Baker encouraged us to pray. Perhaps you too would like to join us in praying it afresh:
I encourage you to pray with me now and say, “God, I’m not satisfied. I cannot live ankle-, knee-, or waist-deep. I must be completely immersed in Your presence. Lord, here I am. Immerse me. I do not want to keep from drowning. I want to drown in Your love. I want to know what it is to be immersed and undone. I want to know what it is to be out of control and for You to be totally and completely in control. Lord, come like a rushing river. I invite You to sweep me away to deeper places.”P.40 Heidi Baker, Birthing the Miraculous
Praise God, the Shepherd’s Life cannot be stopped. For those of us following the Shepherd to His High Places there will be an awakening and a transformation. We are being transformed! And because of HIS great Love, we can say:
“Behold us! We are Acceptance with Joy!”
An Acceptance with Joy in the trust of the Father (Christ in us) born in the water of life, the favor of God washing us and immersing us in the life-giving Spirit of God.