Ever have a situation when your heart begins to race and you feel that you may barf, or want to hit someone/thing, or run away? Those would be good indications that there is something wrong. Most in the medical field would call that panic attacks, maybe even diagnose PTSD. I am NOT in the medical field, so I am calling them smoke signals from God.
Gods way of saying, “I love you and have more for you, I want to heal you.” I have learned that our brains don’t forget. Even our bodies don’t forget. So, when something triggers a negative reaction, it is our brain and bodies way of letting us know there is something wrong. Something has triggered an old memory that hurt or scarred the heart. There is a smoke signal letting us know the fire that once burned bright is smoldering.
When this happens for me, I need to thank God for these uncomfortable moments. Because…He LOVES me and desires healing and growth in me. I should probably learn how to read smoke signals.
Kind of hard to read smoke signals when I am panicked. I just thought it may be good to start a lifestyle habit that could bring healing to my soul and once again receive GODS spark that ignites a strong fire in me, when the smoke starts to rise.
PERSONAL INTERLUDE (Can skip this part if you want)
Here is a simple example that recently happened to me. I was scheduled for the first time to be a greeter at Church. I left just in time to get there at the appointed time. Wouldn’t you know, EVERYONE decided to go for a drive at this particular time! As I was driving along the two lane highway, someone six vehicles ahead, was going between 45-55 in a 55 MPH zone. I found my thoughts being anxious. Thinking things like: “Dude, do you NOT know your car has cruise control?” Yeah…THAT is where my focus was. (I am so holy!) Then I realized, my day to day thoughts are to always be captive in Christ. I began to let the dude go. I told God I was willing to surrender the time I arrived to Church and let it be what it was. I then put my focus on worship of God! AND…my attitude changed. I had peace and I was RIGHT on time! Crazy!
Why did I just share that? Did you see a smoke signal there? I see it! For me, I was upset, which was the smoke signal something was wrong. Then, I looked within and realized I was carrying some things I didn’t need to carry. I then surrendered and praised. The spark from Jesus came quicker and the fire in me was burning bright!
REGULARLY SCHEDULED WRITING:
Living a life in relationship with God, instead of being a casual observer of God, takes time. Cultivating relationships is hard! What is the difference when seeking a relationship with Christ? Its a constant awareness! Its also vulnerable. For me, these are the steps (if you were to be a step person, which, I am not, but thought it would be lovely for those that are.) I take to have relationship with God.
1. Singing praise to Him
2. Picturing Him and His goodness
3. Thankful heart
If I am living this way consistently, then, when I have those moments of panic, or the smoke signals are going…It is quicker for me to surrender them to Him and trust that HE will reveal to me the spark that caused the smoldering fire. Then I can allow Him to bring me HIS spark. Once again I will have a blazing fire for all to see and be blessed by, along with me being filled and God being glorified!
Disclaimer: This IS the lifestyle I choose to practice. But alas, I am human and do not do this perfectly ALL the time. Yay Jesus! Who brings me the smoke signals to remind me to get back into this habit!
Scriptures to ponder:
Luke 6:43-45 ~ “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. 45 A good person produces good things from the treasure of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasure of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
Romans 15:13 ~ I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 8:32 ~ And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Galatians 5:7-8 ~ You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? 8 It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.
Colossians 2:7 ~ Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
SWEET prayer of LOVE from Jesus to God:
John 17:13-19 ~ “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.