“What are you?” These three little words jumped off of the page of my Bible from Zechariah Chapter 4 when I read them this week. I had uttered these exact three words out loud while on a walk through my neighborhood just a few days prior. God was clearly communicating with me and I decided to pause and take this inclination to let my fingers hit the keyboards again.
These three words jumped out of my mouth as a strange, flying, fuzzy black and red bug encircled me while I walked through my neighborhood one morning. I remember feeling a bit funny speaking the words, and to a bug. Nonetheless, I spoke them, “What are you?”…not “Who are you?” Or “What is that?” But simply, “What are you?”
Perhaps, you too have recently uttered something similar in your heart when faced with something new, peculiar and unfamiliar in your life?
I remember feeling a bit uncomfortable, not knowing what kind of bug it was and also as the buzzing sound increased so did the speed of the encircling bug. As I sit with Zechariah 4 open I am envisioning this bug circling the three words, and I had to circle the words “What are you?” in my Bible.
I cannot even begin to explain all that this means, but I can’t deny the whisper of God to recognize that so much in my life right now seems to crescendo to a chorus of “What are you?” So many new things to embrace right now and so much unfamiliarity and it is all piling up like one huge mountain of laundry and I tempted to be paralyzed at the base of this mountain.
What’s piling up in your life right now? Are there any mountains that seem to have just been placed in front of you causing you to experience a gamet of emotions? A girlfriend recently shared with me some particular mountains present in her world that I so identified with; they were something like…
Mount Doubt, Mount Fear, Mount Exhausted, Mount Discouragement, etc.
What are your current mountains?
In Zechariah Chapter 4:7 after the words, “What are you?” the text describes the mountains which will become like level ground. As I read, Zechariah Chapter 4, I heard God whisper and also later through the prayers of friends around our kitchen table, I heard the affirmations in my heart…’we will overcome.’ For in all these things that are heavy on my heart, in all these present mountains…we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37).
As I picture the mountains in my life crumbling through the power of prayer and all the power of our mighty God who just makes things happen; I am still picturing this buzzing bug.
I wish you could see me smiling right now.
I am thanking God for making flat a mountain that has been before me all summer long. Here I am with Him…one word at a time writing again and it is reminding me that with Christ I can do this and I am pressing on with Christ! (Phil 4:13 and 3:14).
Join me girlfriends…let’s take one step at a time together with Christ and go either over, through or up the mountains before us.
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