The Worm that has to Turn: Part One
Welcome to my four-part series, THE WORM THAT HAS TO TURN. This week is all about agreement and oneness. So let’s dive right into it, shall we?
Now that we’ve all celebrated the New Year in and eaten more chocolate this Christmas than Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the chocolate factory, it’s time to settle into a good, steady pace of walking through these next twelve months. If we’re to navigate this new decade, we need to be in agreement. We need oneness if we are to have the same vision and are heading in the same direction. We need to be in UNITY.
^^ Sandwich bags are good for keeping leftover Christmas chocolate in whilst walking into the new decade.
This week I’ll be celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary (I know, the woman in the card shop was just as surprised). #foreveryoung
Wedding anniversaries are all about agreement and oneness. I and my husband agreed 25 years ago to forsake all others, to be there in sickness and in health, for rich times and poor times and to love each other until death finally parts us. Two people became one which turned into four.
Sure, it hasn’t always been kisses, hearts and butterflies. There have been times when the locusts, cankerworms and caterpillars have tried to eat away at my marriage and my family. As the prophet Joel points out in Joel 1:4, “We have been invaded!” And every invasion on our oneness has come through a verity of different ways. Each one with a large appetite that eats at what you are trying to plant and grow until there is nothing left but twigs and desolation.
I’m sure you can think of a dream that you were trying to water and grow only to have it munched and crunched at by locusts. Stripping off your confidence and bravery as they polish off their meal with a nice big slice of your fighting spirit.
“…Their army is strong; their numbers cannot be counted. They attack with teeth as sharp as a lion’s; they bear their fangs like a lioness. My vines are ruined. My fig trees are reduced to stumps now. These enemy insects have stripped off the bark and tossed My trees aside like refuse. The branches lie bare, broken and white.” Joel 1: 6-7 (The Voice)
Ruined, reduced to stumps, stripped bare, laying broken.
Is that how your dream feels in 2020? Maybe it’s your marriage? God, the Eternal One will restore. He can take something that seems to have no life left in it and restore it back to health again. Remember, the worm has to turn, and He promises, “I will compensate you for the years locusts have eaten – the swarming locusts, the creeping locusts, the stripping locusts…” Joel 1:25
So who sends all this pestilence? Satan does. It says in John 10:10 that he only comes to ‘steal, kill and destroy.’ He’ll send a whole swarm of locusts to destroy the potential of your dreams because he doesn’t want you to succeed.
When we are in agreement with God’s Word, it sort of becomes like a marriage. There is a oneness that no locust, cankerworm or caterpillar can swarm, creep or strip. Nothing can separate you from the love God gives. Restoration is where God does His best work.
However, your thoughts and words need to line up with God’s thoughts and Word, and the only way to do that is to be in a relationship with Him. Where would I be if I counteracted everything my husband said? What if I told my husband that his vision, his words and his thoughts have nothing to do with my vision, words and thoughts? We wouldn’t be one, we wouldn’t be in agreement and we certainly wouldn’t be celebrating 25 years of marriage. Recovery of the devastation that the worms have eaten in your life starts with turning to God and asking Him to forgive you.
So, why not make 2020 the year you and God get it together? I promise you will not regret it!
See you next week for part two – “Let’s come together in sweet harmony” of my THE WORM THAT HAS TO TURN series.