Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Buried for Breakthrough!

Good afternoon and Happy New Year 2020!

I am looking forward to seeing all that God has in store for His people this year!  I'm looking forward to phenomenal testimonials about breakthrough, seeing harvests from seeds sown in years prior, and much more!  If you've read my year-end blog, "Bold, Without Bounds," you'll see my testimony of an answered prayer.  After almost a year of severe writer's block, God released a new flow of writing in me.  

Today is day one of Heather Lindsey's Journal Challenge. This is my third year participating and I'm so excited to see what God will reveal over the next 20 days (it's a 21-day challenge). The point of this journal challenge is to create a lifestyle--a daily habit of spending intentional time with Jesus through prayer, Bible reading, reading a faith-based book and journaling.  We journal our thoughts, whatever downloads we get from Scripture, whatever Holy Spirit whispers to us, etc. This is a vertical encounter--dedicated time between yourself and Jesus.  I believe there was a study done that shows that it takes 21 days to create a habit. I believe that's why this challenge is 21 days long.  However, the goal is to keep the ball rolling after the challenge is done.

In the midst of reading Heather's email about day one, she said something so profound, which resulted in God giving me the title of this blog post (Thank you Jesus, thank you Heather!): 


"What happens when you press through? You GROW...
when you press through, you will see results in your life."
~ Heather Lindsey

Of course, in this context, she was referring to pressing through with being committed to this challenge. Being committed to creating intentional time between yourself and Jesus, ultimately seeing the results of God's word being quick and active in your life. However, I had a vision of a small, teeny tiny budding plant breaking through fertile dark soil. Before it can break through the shell of the seed and ultimately through the soil, there are stages of germination a seed must go through. I think that it is safe to say that virtually everyone over age 10 knows that planting takes time. You will not plant a seed and see a fully-grown rose or tomato in that same day or week! If you do, that's terrifying because it simply goes against nature. 

I do not want to create a lengthy blog post on botany and then expound upon the spiritual parallels, so I will condense it as much as I can.  And I think I found a great segue to bring this "already-long-enough" post on home.  According to Encyclopedia Britannica, germination is "the sprouting of a seedspore, or other reproductive body, usually after a period of dormancy. The absorption of water, the passage of time, chilling, warming, oxygen availability, and light exposure may all operate in initiating the process."  All of these factors are parts of the initiation process.  It takes a few steps just to start the process of germination before it can even sprout.  For further reading, go hereWhat stood out the most is dormancy. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines dormancy/dormant as "not doing anything at this time: not active but able to become active." 

I'm sure the revelations are rolling in right now! Most times, we have to be still and know that He's God (Psalm 46:10).  It may seem like you're not being productive or not moving forward. Maybe you are in a state of dormancy to prepare for spiritual germination. In anything you're endeavoring to obtain, there is a process.  Sometimes, it is short; more often, it's lengthy but necessary.  I never heard of a kindergartner going straight to the 12th grade. I never seen a woman conceive a child then immediately gives birth to a full-term, seven-pound baby; there's a growing process in between. Same in the spiritual. As newborn babies in Christ, we are fed the milk of the Word; then we grow onto spiritual maturation, where we receive transformation and revelation. We go through, to get to!

Buried for breakthrough.  I would say that the first thing that comes to mind when we hear "bury" or "buried" is something that's dead.  But in some cases, that's not so. Ever heard of "buried treasure"? The treasure is buried because someone is trying to hide it.  Why hide it?  Because that thing is precious and valuable.  So, if you feel like you're buried, it's not because you're dead; it's because you are precious and valuable.  God got you "hidden" for a divine purpose.  There is isolation (separation; set apart) before elevation.  A seed is separate from other plants, placed in the soil.  But in a matter of time, that budding plant breaks out of the shell of that seed and is elevated above soil!  Look at the picture below. The budding plant comes out hunched over; however, as it grows, it gains its true color, straightens up and stands tall!

Photo courtesy of Google.
**not my photo**


The pressures of life may be weighing you down--bills, relationships hanging on by a thread, issues at home and/or at work, business struggles, marriage problems, health, dealing with the challenges of growing children, etc. Just know that all of these things are working together for your good.  At the risk of sounding like a song, it is all making you wiser, stronger and so much better (thank you, Marvin Sapp). It is through the nourishing water, light and power of God's Word that helps us break through and burst forth, flourishing in all of His goodness, grace and mercy.  In the natural, a seed needs water and light to grow. In the spiritual, Jesus is our "living water" (John 4:10, 14) and the "light of the world" (John 9:5).
We may come out hunched over and scarred, but before you know it, you will stand tall to tell everyone, "I made it!"

If things seems to be heavy (pressure of top soil), or at a stand still (period of dormancy), it's not because you are dead; you are buried for breakthrough!

I pray that you were encouraged!

In His Love,

Shairon 

Scripture references: 1 Peter 4:12-13, Romans 8:28

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2 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this motivational word for this new season! Wow we are like plants, going thru that process of growth, all of nature must do so, even us in our Mother's womb but after birth, we continue to grow and after that bud breaks thru it does as well. This is just the beginning for some of us. For others it may be the beginning of a new path. I love the way you said buried doesn't have to mean death but a treasure that is waiting to be found!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and for your feedback! Truly appreciate it much! All glory to God!

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