October, 2018

“I’m standing on the edge of a great canyon. Looking down all I can see is how deep the bottom seems to be. Looking up and across, the distance between me and the other side seems far away. I am unable to cross over. There’s no bridge of any kind.

Suddenly something is coming into view on the other side. What is it?

My dreams, my ideas, my perceived destiny, and my promises – they all approach the edge unable to reach me too. There is a wide chasm between us. It seems that time itself accompanied by discouragement and frustration use this distance to taunt me as if it’s all illusion, never to be achieved, only to cause frustration.

Did God speak these things to me? Or is it all make-believe?

I know what God placed inside of me. I dream with Him each day, yet it never seems to manifest in the now, right now. My life’s design, that place of flow in my being, always appears elusive and distant, like I am fighting to get to a place that I already know I am at. How do I cross this great divide?

Echoes rise up from the canyon. These echoes are sounds from the deep – accusations that remind me of the futility of even believing I can cross over. Accusations rail against the very life of Christ in me. They attack my being with the futility of actually believing God’s promises to me and His love for me.

I look down. I look up. Everything in the natural seems to contradict His truth to me. After all, I am still on this side and they are on the other side. A time of waiting has taken its toll on me and hopelessness is setting in.

They don’t let us. Standing there, I am continually reminded what was – wasted time, fears, failures, regrets – all the necessary components that keep me grounded in the past while standing in the present on the edge of this canyon of impossibility. What to do?”

End of vision.

“How can I be separated from God when Christ is in me?”

Standing on the edge of the canyon kept me in close proximity to the echoes of my past. I needed to move and crossover or risk standing in frustration and hopelessness with each passing day.

The canyon created an illusion of separation between God and I, as if God was holding things just out of reach to cause the frustration and hopelessness.  This is not God. This is not a good Father.

In the vision, I saw the canyon as the source of my problem. I also saw a God that could not be trusted, a God out there who consistently kept things from me rather than giving me all good things.

Could it be that the canyon is not actually the problem? Perhaps it is all in my mind, my belief about God, hindering me from seeing Him as He is and then hindering me from entering into God’s promises for my life.

My own unbelief and mindset keep me separated from God’s plan. Did you know separation is the ultimate illusion causing fears of all kinds?

How can I be separated from God when Christ is in me? Not apart from me but IN ME.

There is no separation from God for in Christ we are joined together as ONE.

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

The canyon is an illusion in my own mind. I set it up through wrong beliefs about God, which create distance and frustration within my mind. Nothing separates me from His love or His dream and purpose for me. I am in the process of a radical mind shift about the nature and character of God.

“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.” Jeremiah 1:5

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Ephesians 1:4-5 (MSG)

As I awaken to this reality of Christ in me, fears, frustrations and hopelessness vanish. Love, peace and joy fill in the void, replacing lies with truth.

I am intimately known and loved by God. There is no separation or illusion about this for it is truth.

All He has for me is real and true and NOW. There is no separation or distance between God and me. The promises are real. His love is real. My life is a journey, a creative expression in Christ, daily unfolding right before my eyes. I live, move and have my being in Him so each day is a journey that unfolds in unique ways. My life may not be as I envisioned it to be but as I walk and co-create with Him, life unfolds as ME in Christ.

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