The Black Hole
‘Whom Shall I Fear’ by Chris Tomlin, remains my anthem in our season of expansion. While we have not received an absolute answer from our bank on our loan request, our meeting with them yesterday left us with little hope they will help. No harm, no foul, simple reality, they do not see the future the same way we do and do not have faith in our vision.
This is one of those times when I know our Father is sittin’ in heaven watching all of this unfold, He’s leaned back on His throne, looks over His shoulder and say, “Hey Jesus, watch this, I’m about to blow a few peoples minds!” This is not the first time our Lord has done extraordinary things for us.
We shall not fear, Papa has a perfect plan. His ways are not our ways, the plan He designed is starting to unfold in front of us. I believe, when we get to the end of the year, the second unit, will be up and running in full HD and completely paid for. The goal remains the same, build the second team, we have already started purchasing the equipment and should have everything for production no later than the end of the month.
The first motorhome was named ‘The Kings Coach’ and our guiding scripture is Psalm 66:5 ‘Come see what our God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind!’ The second unit’s name is ‘His Majesty’, the scripture is Psalm 145:5 ‘They will speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and I will meditate on Your wonderful works!’
Watch us on our journey with the Lord as He is glorified in all we do. Time to buckle up, this ride is about to get really interesting!
The Black Hole
by Os Hillman
…”My grace is sufficient for you….” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
If you are older than 35, you may recall the early days of the space program. I remember the early spacecraft launch with John Glenn. One of the most exciting and tense moments of his return to earth was his reentry to the earth’s atmosphere. I recall the diagram on television of the heat shield on the capsule that had to withstand incredible temperatures to avoid complete destruction. There was a blackout period for several minutes in which mission control had no radio contact. He was in the “black hole.” It was a tense time. Either he would make it through, or the spacecraft would burn up in the atmosphere. There were several minutes of silence that seemed like an eternity. Then, mission control shouted with joy when they reestablished contact with the spacecraft. It was a time of rejoicing.
Have you ever had a time when you were in a spiritual black hole in your life? I have. The pressure was unbearable. No sense of God’s presence. No sense of anything going on around me. God was about as far away as the man in the moon – at least from my perspective. I think every Christian who is called to make a significant difference in his world experiences times like these. These are the times when we question the reality of God, the love of God, the personal care of God. And He demonstrates to us that He was there all the time. These are “faith experiences” that God does in every person who is called to a higher level of relationship with Him. These times are needful in order to know that we have the “heat shield” that can withstand the incredible heat that comes when we follow Him with a whole heart – a heart that is radical in a commitment to fully follow His ways. Elisha had that spirit. He slaughtered his 12 oxen and burned his plowing equipment so that he would not have the opportunity to return to anything if God didn’t come through (see 1 Kings 19:21).
The apostle Paul asked God to remove the heat from his own life one time. God’s answer was not what he wanted to hear.
But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! (2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP)
How’s your heat shield today? Can it withstand the heat that would want to burn up everything in your life not based in Him? Christ said, “My grace is sufficient.” Is that really true in your life? Let His grace be your shield today.