Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Todd Galberth's "Decrease" Devotional Notes: Day 9

Day nine of Todd Galberth's "Decrease" devotional hit home for me the most thus far. It was called "Worshipping in the Rain," and it perfectly summed up what I'm going through at the moment. In my last post of 2017, I talked about how last year was a trying year for me, how it left me no choice but to call on God. I know we all have rainy seasons, but in this case, I couldn't tell if it was a rain or a drought. Sometimes, it felt like the rain was drowning me, and other times, the land under my feet felt dry and unyielding.

Todd Galberth - "Decrease" devotional / Todd Galberth online store

Ironically, a couple of months ago, I tuned in to a Facebook broadcast of Travis Greene's church, Forward City, and the guest psalmist was none other than Todd Galberth. That night, not only did he sing, he also shared a short, inspiring message that I now know was derived from his devotional. I'll attempt to paraphrase it, but it's one of those messages you have to experience first hand in order for it to really sink in. Todd said that some people feel like they're standing in the rain. It's pouring, and it seems like it's never going to stop, but it will eventually. He said that the Lord would move for us in due time, but while we wait for Him to move, He would give us an umbrella to shelter us from the storm.

When I heard that, I burst into tears. It spoke directly to my situation and reminded me that in spite of the hardships God allows us to go through, He's still good because He makes a way through every time. I blog to encourage others, but in the process, I'm also encouraging myself. This platform has been my "umbrella" in so many ways. It pushes me to seek God more and draw nearer to Him in order to share what He gives me. I pray that each post shows you who He is, the kind of God He is to me, and who He can be for you if you let Him.

Day 9 takeaway: Maybe the reason why God allows us to stay in the storm a little longer than usual is because He wants us to "Decrease" before He brings us into our destiny. Like I said yesterday, He's already planned our future (Today's "Medicine Music" - Israel Houghton's "You Hold My World"). Maybe the extra rain is necessary because the seeds that God has planted in us need ample water to grow to their fullest potential. Maybe more water = a bigger harvest. We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I'm learning how to dance in the rain. Less of me, more of He.

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