Highs and Lows (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 14)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

Here I am again today listening to Jesus and doing what He says.  It’s so very obvious to me that this is both a great exercise and very difficult all at the same time.  I have to restrain myself from trying to make things happen by my own power and yet still walk through very high highs and very low lows.

Lets start with the highs. Today it became pretty clear that Jesus is using me to pour into the lives of a few friends.  This is just beginning to happen because I’ve been able to listen and obey.  I’m finding doors open that weren’t open before.  We even had friends randomly stop over with a gift (truly from the Lord) that totally blew our minds.

On the flip side we caught news that some very dear friends are going through a very difficult season.  The hardest part about the news (for me, at least) is my total inability to change the situation.  Jesus gave me a couple of key pieces of wisdom in my conversation with my friend and my hope is they helped.  But now all I can do is trust Him and follow.

So what do you do when you’re following a God who remains present through all of life’s highs and lows, yet transcends them?  He weeps over Lazarus but He still waits four days to show up.  He’s thrilled over His disciples’ ministry success but still has warnings to give.  He’s totally engaged in what is happening yet He sees another level that never lets you quite be comfortable with where you’re at.  Through the highs and the lows, He is the constant. Him, and Him alone. I guess in the end that makes Him the only safe place to take refuge.

Has listening and obeying changed how you experience the highs and lows of life? Tell us how in the comment section.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

Photo Credit: September WallPaper Calendar by DewDreams

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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