I have noticed one thing about my son as i am watching him grow daily, that whenever he cries if there is no one around, he would always be looking upwards as if he wanted to look over his head. I was a bit puzzled at first but after a while i realized that because of the position he was usually placed, whenever he cries and i came to his assistance i would would be coming from the direction behind his head and so he has gotten so use to it, that he began to look in that direction as he cries because that is where he is expecting me or his daddy to come from to his rescue.
I thought to myself that i do not want him to strain his eyes by constantly looking upwards so i shifted him thinking that whenever he now cries we would be coming from the direction of his foot so he should now be looking straight ahead as he is positioned instead of trying to look behind him. I find however that despite how many times he cried and we run to his side from this new direction, he was still looking upwards trying to see behind. I would shake one of his toys, clap or any other thing to try get his attention to look forward but still he would be looking upwards expecting us to come from behind rather than infront of him.
As an adult it was real simple to me because i know he is not deaf so why wouldn’t he pay attention and recognize that we are no longer coming from that direction. It was in that moment the Lord spoke into my spirit and said “This is the problem I have with My people: they know Me in one way for so long that when I try to come to their assistance through another means for their own good might I add, they totally miss Me because they are oblivious to the fact that I operate in more ways than one. For some it is like this child: too young to realize and understand this sudden shift from the norm and for others they are simply unwilling to look in another direction away from the norm”.
Wow! I realized that it was totally true. That is the reason if a new wave of God glory begins to manifest somewhere, people are quick to attribute it to the work of the enemy and try to eradicate it as soon as possible. “Doesn’t the Bible say God never changes? This new wave is definately new and is a change from what we know and are used to” some might say. God does not change, that is completely true (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8) but it does not mean the method that the unchangeable God uses will never change. God, while unchanging is also a God who embraces and facilitates change for His own pleasure and glory. He told me a long time ago concerning ministry “Same Product, Different Package” and that is the method i employ concerning the work of God especially to young people to whom i am sent to serve.
So in an effort to help my son recognize us coming from a new direction I devised another plan. Instead of clapping or jingling his toys, I simply touch him on his feet and immediately he looks in that direction. Now it gets better and i have noticed that although he still looks upwards instead of looking in just that one direction over time my son Nathan-Andrew has began to look in all directions when he cries as he doesn’t know which direction his aide will be coming from towards him.
Maybe today God has suddenly made a shift on you and you cannot find him in the direction that you are use to seeing him. Take some “deep” counsel: “Just look in another direction!”. He is probably standing right there and has been trying to get your attention (in His way) for hours, days, months or (God forbid) even years. I know one thing about Him and this is it: He cares too much to stop trying as long as you are in need of him.
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