This post is a first for me. Unable to go back to sleep and opening my laptop at 4:00 a.m. to write, well this could prove dangerous…or at least embarrassing. We will have to see how this goes. Feel free to give me feedback.
On Saturday I was sitting on the sidelines watching my youngest daughter’s soccer game and at one point Father God seemed pressed the pause button on the game to show me something.
One of her teammates (my daughter’s team is Purple and their opponent was in Blue) intercepted the ball from the Blue team along one of the sidelines. It took her a couple of seconds to gain control of the ball. She was trying to keep it from going out-of-bounds while turning it around and kicking it towards her teammates near the Purple team’s goal.
For just a second she had her back completely to the field, away from the rest of the players. In that second, unbeknownst to her, a Blue team member was very swiftly, and stealthily, running up behind her to steal the ball. She had no idea it was even coming.
However, standing right in front of her on the other side of that boundary line was her coach. Her coach had a completely unobstructed view of the field and he saw what was coming before anyone else. Immediately, he told her what to do. She didn’t hesitate. She did exactly what he said and disaster was temporarily averted.
How does this relate to reigning in life? Well like it or not, on this side of eternity we only see in part. No matter how close we feel to God, no matter how much He speaks to us, no matter how much we speak to Him, HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES EVERYTHING AT ONCE. We can want to, we can try to, we can even think that we see all the possibilities, but only God actually does.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT) – “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
Therefore, we had better be in constant communication with Him. I think this is what Paul meant when he said:
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) – “Never stop praying.”
Praying doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be at a certain time of day for a certain length of time. In its most simple form (you know I love SIMPLE), it is a conversation with God. For me it is a continuous conversation with God.
If the girl in my example hadn’t been listening to her coach and looking to him for direction, she would never have known to make the adjustments necessary to save the play.
Another thing I noticed was that the coach communicated to her in more than one way. First of all he yelled (in that encouraging, coaching, I-want-you-to-be-successful-and-WIN sort of way) at her so that she could hear him over everything else. He also used hand signals to show her what he wanted her to do. I don’t know whether she responded to what she heard or what she saw, but she immediately did what he said.
She did what the coach said. Hhhhmmm…interestingly, what the coach told her may have seemed counterintuitive at the moment, but she did it anyway. Her objective was to move the ball towards her goal so that another teammate could score. However, in that moment when the play was in jeopardy he told her to move the ball back down the field a little bit, away from her goal, to a waiting teammate who was open and in a better position to make the play and set up the goal.
Instead of arguing with the coach that she wouldn’t accomplish her objective of setting up the goal, she trusted him and followed his instruction. Several plays later, her team scored the goal.
Just in case I rambled at this ridiculous hour of the morning, my point is this: a life of abundance and reigning includes a lot of conversation with God. We may not every achieve our specific objectives (save the play or be the one to score the goal), but regardless we will be in an ever-deepening, intimate relationship with Him.
That is what I believe reigning in life really is, intimate fellowship with the Father, Abba, our Creator, the Lover of our soul.