I have to admit it.
I was in a tree!
You know the one, right?
The crazy tree?
The tree you climb
when life is out of control.
When people you love don’t behave properly,
or money is way short
or you discover a secret that you wish you hadn’t.
That crazy tree!
As you know, I’m a big advocate
of doing life in a community
where your BFF can see you climbing up there
from her kitchen window and
can holler at you to get down and
come have coffee.
you’re too far out of sight.
You’re might even be hiding from your BFF
and you’re in the crazy tree
and the self-talking is all negative.
and you don’t know how to get down out
of the crazy tree.
When that happens,
you have to do CPR on yourself.
When you have no one to climb up for you,
you have to call on God to come down to you
with a Crisis Prayer Request.
You need Heaven to invade Earth.
You need a spotlight of God’s faithfulness
and love to permeate your crazy circumstances
so you can release the crazy and
climb out of that tree.
In moments of crazy
when the enemy is whispering
to give up,
YOU NEED HEAVEN TO INVADE EARTH.
You do that by standing firm
on what you know to be true about God.
Say God’s names out loud.
God, you are my Father.
Declare to yourself
and your circumstances
and any spiritual enemy,
as many of God’s character qualities
you can think of.
God, you are faithful.
You are benevolent.
You are strong.
You are loving.
You are awesome.
You are fierce.
You are patient.
You are holy.
You are for me.
Thank God for all the blessings He’s
bestowed on you already.
Thank you for:
My family of origin.
The clean water that flows freely from my faucets.
The electricity that runs my appliances.
Thank you that food tastes so good.
Thank you for rivers of asphalt
and climate controlled cars.
When you have stood firm
God’s character and
and sincerely thanked Him for what you already have,
stand still and listen.
stand still and listen
for His reply
or His instruction
or His assurance.
You may have a thought that traipses across the backyard of your brain.
A song or a picture may come to mind.
A name or quote may bubble to the surface of your memory.
God speaks to us in many ways,
but speak to us,
When you call on God to bring Heaven to Earth
He does just that.
God turns your crazy to calm.
Test him in this.
You don’t have to be in the crazy tree either.
When you call out to GOD,
He hears you and recognizes your voice.
He will respond to your call.
Test Him and see if I’m right.
For the next 14 days,
dedicate 5-7 minutes
to proclaiming who God is
then wait one more minute to see
how He responds back to you.
I can’t wait to hear your good report.
God, we are your children and as our Father and Creator,
we beg you to make yourself known.
Invade our crazy with your calm.
Your word says You are near.
You tell us not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
present our requests to You to that Your peace,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:5-7 my paraphrase)
Keep your word and bring Heaven to Earth,
and replace my panic with your peace.