Repost Madness - Carry

There is so much happening in my life right now that Soulfari is not getting the attention that it “deserves”. I so want to share what is happening with you all but…it is not time, not yet. So, since my family won’t be going to Cape Hatteras for vacation this summer (sniff) I thought I “carry” a old post from last May (when I was in Hatteras) to today’s post. Plus, what God spoke to me that day still speaks to me where I am…I hope it does the same for you. Blessings, Jay

“And He said, My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. (15) And he said to Him, If Your presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here.” Exodus 33:14-15

It is somewhat risky to go into the ocean alone, especially here at Hatteras. The waves can take you in for a wild ride or carry far out to sea. So we have a buddy system in place to make sure that people don’t go solo in the ocean waves. That buddy system puts parental units somewhat at ease but I also think it’s a great system for life.

After 40+ years of following Father God I have learned this lesson (sometimes the hard way) that the success of the next step depends entirely on Him going with me. That Moses-like attitude has been and continues to be my response to His invitation and promise. Here are the same two verses in the Message Bible. I like its bluntness expression.

GOD said, “My presence will go with you. I'll see the journey to the end.”
Moses said, “If your presence doesn't take the lead here, call this trip off right now.”

That’s where I am in my life right now…I need Him to take the lead daily or lets’ call the whole leg of this journey off right now. It is not worth it to try to find shortcuts or easier pathways, the cost is too great. When He goes with me His presence carries me, sustains me and identifies me as one of His kids.
We have another saying here…”Never turn your back on the ocean.” If you do you might just get hit by a big wave and have the summer vacation knocked right out of you! The connecting thought here is if He’s not coming with me…perhaps my back has changed positions. No, I need to face Him, constantly looking into His eyes for the way to follow.
That way, I know He’s coming “with” me…

What about you? Is there something I can help you “carry” in prayer?


Jay Cookingham said…
Praying for you to have much spiritual buoyancy my friend!
Dusty Rayburn said…
I would ask for prayer for me as a father and husband to continuously rely on His guidance as I strive to lead my family in His will. I do not think I am sinking, but I know I am not swimming as strong as I should be.

You are in my prayers as well. May God continue to bless you and use you for His glory and the increase of His Kingdom.
Jay Cookingham said…
I'll be praying bro', thanks for the support!
jasonS said…
I'm here with you. I feel like over and over I'm reminded of and pushed to choose the supreme value of Presence over everything else. This can never be replaced or substituted. Thanks Jay.
Jay Cookingham said…
The "with us" factor is huge my friend...thanks Jason!
Cindy Holman said…
We have a touchy family situation involving a wedding this coming Saturday that my husband is performing for our niece.  There has already been a break through - but it is only a baby step - appreciate the prayers.
Jay Cookingham said…
I'll be praying Cindy!

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