“There is safety in numbers” are age old words of wisdom. Even Jesus sent out the disciples two by two. The scriptures state that where two or three are gathered with regards to anything concerning God, He is there in their midst. Even Jesus had his inner circle of 12 disciples and an “inner inner” circle of three disciples.
It is always nice to have company when we have a distance to travel. It is good to have the type of company that will cover you in prayer as you walk your spiritual path. As we walk the divine path prepared for us, eventually the road becomes narrow and company begins to diminish. Suddenly, there is no one in sight. Those who have walked side by side with you are either ahead of you or behind you. Within immediate view, there is no one to see. You find yourself alone. The friends that you relied on are more concerned about their well being at this time. They are more concerned about their battles. It is enough to make anyone scared. Sometimes it may be just enough to make you slow down to allow those falling behind to catch up, but you still cannot walk side by side and you have lost valuable time by slowing down. Loneliness sets in, depression sinks its ugly claws into you and before you know it, you are asking yourself if this Christian walk is really worth it.
Jesus had a similar experience at Gethsemane, he asked for “this cup to pass” from Him. He asked the “inner inner” three to stand in prayer with Him during the watch and each time He found them sleeping. “Could you not watch even one hour with me?” the scriptures say that He “was agonised to HIs very soul” until His sweat was as blood. Here was His opportunity to back out, but His overwhelming love for us caused Him to say the six best words ever said since “Let there be light” – “…yet not My will but Yours”. He submitted to the process.
The Bible is replete with examples of God separating man for His purpose. Moses spent 40 years in the back of the wilderness, Lot was separated from Abram and it was then that God repeated His promise to Abram to bless him with generations that cannot be numbered among other blessings. A separation usually precedes a process of refining, of sanctification to prepare us to walk in the purposes that God has planned for us. It is in this place that our true heart is revealed, and the perfection of His work in us begins. How quickly we recognize this, and submit to the process determines how quickly we move over this rough terrain.
Refining involves a lot of abrasion. Consider a newly constructed table made from raw lumber. For it to be polished, it must first be rubbed with the coarsest sand paper. Then it is rubbed again with progressively softer grades until there is a smooth finish. When this is achieved, it is then varnished and polished until the patina is of such that you can see your reflection through the shine.
In the same way, God separates, reshapes us. He rubs off the rough edges through our Gethsemane experiences, molds and shapes us with His Word and polishes us with His love so that His reflection is seen in us.
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.