I missed writing to you yesterday! I had to take my dog to the hospital. Poor little Tiffy (our 7 pound bichon/poodle mix; her picture is below) has been struggling with intestinal issues for several months. After lots of tests, bloodwork, medication and money we think it’s maybe possibly pancreatitis.
My spirits need a little revival. How about yours?
I write this encouragement for my church, in response to our pastor’s sermon last Sunday. It’s how I revive my spirits when they’re low…
Reviving Your Spirits
“When a person has been dragged out of a pond nearly drowned, the bystanders are afraid that he is dead, and are anxious to ascertain if life still lingers,” writes C.S. Spurgeon in What Is Revival? “The proper means are used to restore animation; the body is rubbed, stimulants are administered, and if by God’s providence life still tarries in the poor clay, the rescued man opens his eyes, sits up, and speaks, and those around him rejoice that he has revived.”
No doubt the man himself rejoiced, for he was saved from death! A fresh start, new hope, different outlook. Life is even more precious now, to be treasured and shared. Lived fully, with a renewed mind and grateful heart. Revival!
How long do you think it’ll take for the drudgery of daily life to dampen his spirits? After all, the saved man still has problems. Responsibilities, family, work, neighbors, disappointments, heartbreaks. Not to mention his own wandering heart and treacherous thoughts, his aging body and age-old battles of mind and soul.
Like the drowning man saved, we can’t control when revival comes. We can’t dictate how powerful it’ll be or how long it’ll last. Neither can we control how many people are involved, how they’ll be affected by the Holy Spirit, or how their relationship with God will change.
There is one thing we can control, though — and it is much more powerful than we realize. It doesn’t require thought, preparation, or even much energy. It doesn’t ask us to witness to strangers or friends, serve the neighborhood’s needs, or even say the “right” prayers.
We can control how often we sit quietly in God’s presence. There is nothing more powerful than turning off all the noise, putting down all the electronic devices, and withdrawing to a secluded place for five minutes alone with Jesus. This quiet pocket of time has the power to change how we see ourselves, how we see God, and how we see the world.
Be still. Know that He is God.
There is a downside, though. Spending just five minutes in silence can be torture. This is when the Holy Spirit shows up and shows us stuff we’ve been avoiding. This is when we start realizing truths about ourselves and God, about our motives and weaknesses and struggles and…yes…our sins.
The upside is that if we stick it out — if we learn how to truly get quiet and let the Holy Spirit touch our hearts, minds and spirits regularly throughout the day — we will experience the same type of revival as the rescued man. The miracle of almost drowning and getting our lives back will feel as fresh as the day we were saved!
Be still. Know that He is God.
Let yourself simply be a child in your Father’s presence…and trust Him to revive you in ways you didn’t even know you needed.
With His love,
P.S. This week, I wrote:
- Overcoming the Biggest Obstacle to Writing Your Book
- How to Ask Your Boyfriend (or Husband!) for What You Want
- 5 Comforting Ways to Fill the Void in Your Life After a Breakup