In the last few years, I’ve desperately prayed for some Jericho-type walls to crumble in certain areas of my life.
The first time I heard the song, Jericho, I immediately loved it and added it to the top of my playlist.
It’s not just the song, but the whole story about Joshua and the city of Jericho that captivates me. I’ve always loved the mystery and mercy of how God gave that city to the Israelites.
Over the weekend, a dear lady and mentor texted me a link to a video message by Priscilla Shirer. The title was Give Your Gifts to God.
Although I adore Priscilla Shirer, my first thought was to reply with a comment like, “I don’t have any gifts left to give.” Or my gifts would be like a tin of those supposed butter cookies that actually break your teeth.
You know which ones I’m talking about.
I also wanted to say that my family doesn’t want to follow Jesus anymore and that I am a dried-up, broken cistern that doesn’t even have sweet or bitter water available…just dust. So, there definitely aren’t any gifts over here, but thanks for thinking of me.
The link was good timing though because, at the moment, I could not watch my “smart” TV. My youngest daughter recently brought home a dog (against my wishes) who could probably strike oil if let loose in Texas. This dog has dug so many holes around our house that I am pretty sure we will eventually fall into a sinkhole. Meanwhile, she DUG UP the cables for our internet and phone service and chewed them in half.
How the dog didn’t get electrocuted is beyond me. (She looked like this before the incident.)
After staring at the Priscilla link for a while, I finally clicked on it. She opened this particular conference with a movie reference to The Karate Kid, the original one from the 1980’s.
I mean, come on – who doesn’t love a good, godly, life message from “paint the fence?”
Sometimes, God could have us doing things that seem mundane that we don’t understand, but it’s actually preparing us for something greater.
This is one of her quotes that stood out to me considering my own Jericho wall situation:
Everyone wants to see the walls of Jericho come tumbling down, but nobody wants to be the one who has to walk around those walls, in obedience to God, trusting that He can cause the fortress of Jericho to come tumbling down in your life.Priscilla Shirer, Give Your Gifts to God
She goes on to say something like this, “If we want to see God, then we have to trust that when He sends the weighty multitude, and we can’t see how in the world it’s connected to fulfill our purpose in life, or to prepare us for what is next…we have to trust that the Master knows what He is doing.”
Daniel LaRusso did not understand the repetitive actions of waxing cars and painting the fence were actually training his arms and hands for a specific motion and reaction.
We may not always understand the assignments God gives to us. Our current place in kingdom work could seem so far away from where we think we should be.
Maybe, we are still painting the fence.
Maybe we are still being trained to develop the obedience and strength to walk around Jericho, as many times as the Lord directs us to do so.
I would highly recommend watching the message here: Give Your Gifts to God
Ironically-timed devotion from Friday: Nothing Left to Give
When Nothing Seems to Make Sense – Dr. Adrian Rogers