Excerpt fromIt’s a Dolphin:
[For me the three dolphins represented freedom and served as a reminder that when I am able to look past my situations and admire the blessings I have already acquired, I will be able to catch glimpses of rare beauty that not everyone is privy to.]
I was not the only one on the beach Friday but I was one of the few people who were able to see the dolphins. There are so many different ways this post could go right now but this is the one point I desire to make…stop trying so hard to find ways out of your current situation that you miss what God needs you to see, receive, and learn.
We often complain when we aren’t happy and spend a significant amount of time developing schemes and begging
God to move us. Of course, we are human we want things to be perfect all the time. But the truth is, no matter the season: burnout & fatigue, loss, trials, transitions, gain, elevation, or increased favor we are in optimal position to witness and receive glimpses of rare beauty (blessings, revelation, healing etc).
Paul learned that in whatever state he was in to be content. Learned…this means being able to do this was a process for him that I believe we should attempt to mirror. Why? We learn so much in these moments. Could you have ever learned to trust God as Jehovah Jireh (the Lord who provides) if you had not lost your main source of income? Ever know Him to be Jehovah Rapha (the Lord who heals) if you had not been sick. Or ever know Him as Jehovah Shalom (the Lord of peace) if you never had a rough day or month? Provision, healing, and peace are just a few gifts from God and while going through a tough season is not a prerequisite for experiencing His gifts, most times we don’t put ourselves in a position to notice them or how He has applied them to our lives until we are in these moments or coming out of them.
I went to the beach Friday because I hadn’t been in a good mood the day before. My moment of blah led me to seek God through all my senses and witness a sighting that not only encouraged me but influenced my writing for the entire week. I believe that if we couple a spirit of expectancy with an ability to say ‘God use me here’ we will be happier, obtain greater peace, enjoy and find purpose in every season, build an incredibly closer relationship with God, and witness sights and blessings someone right next to us might miss out on.
Today I encourage you to find favor in your low place and wait in expectancy for the privilege of a rare sighting.
Philippians 4:11-12 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Check in tomorrow for day 3 of this Dolphin series =)
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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