Resting under the palm

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I started this blog post a few days ago and now it seems a little sad to post it today with so many beautiful palm trees just having been stripped of their leaves or ripped out of the ground by the hurricanes.  I believe the palm with the serene setting represents a word I have for a portion of the body of Christ.

At our women’s meeting this past Tuesday the Lord said, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.  Stay low (humble).”  Some bloggers and/or prophetic voices I follow have declared this year and/or just this current season a time of rest.  I have felt the same in certain areas of my life since March, have you? This type of rest has just recently kicked into high gear and I am learning new things as a result.  I hope you are learning new things too!

So what type of rest is God talking about? The definition for this type of rest can possibly include:

a :freedom from activity or labor

b :a state of motionlessness or inactivity

c: peace of mind or spirit

d: free of anxieties
My own current rest includes C & D.  I have noticed a pattern in the last few months that involves this rest.  I am watching God demote, pull aside, and/or shift people who are faithful in their hearts to Him to places and positions that they don’t always understand.  It is for their safety and rest.  I believe part of this word is that God is pulling back the curtain on evil and impure motives in the work place, church setting, family, nationally, etc., etc.  If you have been feeling sidelined or have been watching atrocities happen around you and you can’t understand why they are allowed to happen.  If you are one who keeps your heart clean before God and keeps a short account with people, forgiving quickly and moving on, and speaking the truth in love when necessary, then perhaps this is your season to just stay low and stay out of the fray.
Staying out of the fray includes not fretting about the situations when you see them and can’t understand why others are so deceived!  If you don’t know what fretting is, it’s the conversations you have in your mind with others regarding these situations that never happened!  That is not rest…..that is stressful.  You are not at rest if your head is still in their head(s)!  If you can keep the situations and circumstances completely surrendered to God and just operate in love (and healthy boundaries), then the situation will get resolved faster!  God does not need our help unless He specifically gives you an instruction that you are 100% positive is from the Lord.  Don’t allow your palm tree to get stripped of all it’s leaves due to you sticking yourself in the middle of a hurricane that you had no business in!
For some of you that have been seemingly dismissed, demoted or set aside.  If you did nothing wrong, then just believe that it’s for your protection in this season and stay close to the Lord.  Keep a joyful heart and abide under the palm tree (maybe even swinging in a lovely hammock).  Enjoy the time out of the drama and wait for your next assignment or repositioning in Christ!

Psalm 73New American Standard Bible (NASB)

BOOK 3

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

73 Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [a]had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the [b]arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their [c]body is fat.
They are not [d]in trouble as other [e]men,
Nor are they plagued [f]like mankind.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.
Their eye [g]bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart [h]run riot.
They mock and [i]wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high.
They have set their mouth [j]against the heavens,
And their tongue [k]parades through the earth.

10 Therefore [l]his people return to this place,
And waters of abundance are [m]drunk by them.
11 They say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge [n]with the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have [o]kept my heart pure
And washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken all day long
And [p]chastened every morning.

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16 When I pondered to understand this,
It was [q]troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the [r]sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to [s]destruction.
19 How they are [t]destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their [u]form.

21 When my heart was embittered
And I was pierced [v]within,
22 Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like [w]a beast [x]before You.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me [y]to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And [z]besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the [aa]strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have [ab]destroyed all those who [ac]are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord [ad]God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.

 For the Kingdom,
Donna

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