The voice of the Lord is powerful.  It roars over the waters.  It breaks the cedars, the cedars of Lebanon.  Psalm 29 came bursting into my heart yesterday after a chat with an ITeams friend here on Facebook.  Actually, we were kind of playing around with this new (maybe it isn’t new but I had never tried it) voice feature on the private messages.  You can basically send voice memos back and forth to one another.  Our colleague and friend related how she and her family had walked through the desert and expressed how God has intention and purpose in that.  She said it can feel so alone.  You feel hungry and thirsty.  But then there is the other side.  The Lord speaks. . . and when He speaks it can be so loud. And that feeling is almost indescribable.  As I heard that encouragement, and what I really believe was a prophetic word from God for me personally, my heart leapt with passion.  Somehow through that encouragement combined with Psalm 29 coming to my memory I was propelled into this place in God that I had not experienced in a long, long time.  Check out the strong words here in Psalm 29:


3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. 5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning. 8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. 11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.


These words from Scripture, like I have said, did something in my spirit that I can’t explain.  Sometimes God is like that isn’t He?  As we read Scripture, we are introduced to a God, revealed in Jesus, and expressed in the Spirit who cannot be tamed or caged.  God’s power unleashed has a voice strong enough to break the cedars.  It roars across the oceans.  And that same God can often be quiet as we dig deep into His presence, understanding deeper His purposes.  And then the noise, joy, and excitement comes.


Over the last few weeks I have been talking to ITeams leadership, expressing our desire to stay yielded and open to the Spirit as we make this transition. We want to jump onto what God is doing and we have looked to godly leaders and the larger picture of where we are moving as an organization.  There are certainly things we are looking for as we seek opportunities and new locations, and unique experiences, giftedness, and practical realities we are considering.  As of this week though, the best news that I can possibly share is the kind of intimacy and joy that I am experiencing in Christ.  Just having Jesus, only Him is what anchors it all.  We have a heart the size and shape of Nepal, our tongues have loosened up to communicate well in this beautiful language.  But we are a slave to Christ alone.  Remembering that just Jesus, only Him and  how the only life that is truly sustainable is found in Jesus.  Only Him.  So as I walk with and take care of my family, we remember we are bondservants of Christ.


While we don’t have any more answers, explanations, or sure directions than we did a few weeks ago, I am in a better place.  I am drinking from the well that doesn’t run dry.  His voice is majestic and thunderous and while the desert isn’t the most exciting place in the world, the voice of the Lord that breaks the cedars of the forest will eventually break through the dawn.  I am convinced He will speak and lead with glory and power.  Until that time though. . . we stay on our faces before the Lord, crying out to Him.  


So many memories have flooded my mind in the last days dating all the way back to when God called me to himself when I was a child, his call to ministry at age 14, and then a distinct missions call my freshman year of college.  These things mark our lives and God brings them back to our memory in the desert.  These last weeks in Narnia, though not what we expected, are turning into the spiritual retreat of my life.  I am continually amazed at the power, patience, and endurance of the Lord and how He uses His people in beautiful ways to push us closer to God’s fully realized Kingdom.  If you’re in the desert, hang on.  The flash of lightning, boisterous, thunderous voice of the Lord will come. .. and when that loud-ness, that boom from the Almighty roars. . . it will be indescribable.