Thursday, October 18, 2012
I set aside yesterday to pray about it. As I did, my gentle Father reminded me of the massage appointment in the middle of the day. It has been our one remaining splurge and with two people in chronic low-level back pain, it's less of a luxury than a needed maintenance. The Lord instructed me to ask her to join me as I prayed. I explained the situation to her and we began to pray as she continued working on me. This humble message therapist morphed into an intercessory giant before my eyes. Her prayers joined with mine and were ferverent and Holy Spirit directed. As she prayed, the Spirit provided new directions to ask and encouragement beyond what I could have imagined. The Holy Spirit even used her to remind me of the work I need to be doing to publish some of what I've already written. I left refreshed in body and spirit, with encouragement to stand strong and focus. Before I went, I had a way in the wilderness, but I left washed and satisfied by rivers in the desert. I have often been skeptical about the spiritual implications of message therapy--it is frequently bathed in new-age mysticism, but this was a new old thing. She truly "laid hands on me and anointed me with oil" and had the spiritual maturity to do so as an elder. We confessed sin and much was healed.
I have wondered what to focus on, and this morning it became clear. There is a lot of pain in my life and it's hard right now to see above it. I awoke this morning with peace and praise in my heart, seeing nothing but Jesus' love for me and my overwhelming love for Him. It has been a quiet and productive morning. Where things could have been tense, God's presence made me complete and content.
Thank You, Father. You truly make all things new.