THE UNUSUAL PLACE
The world is right now is in an Unusual Place. We are right now faced with a "New Normal" Unusual Place. People who follow God always find themselves in an Unusual Place. Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his son, which was a very Unusual Place. Moses was stuck between the angry Egyptian army and the Red Sea, which was an Unusual Place. Daniel was thrown into a lion's den which was an Unusual Place. Three Hebrew men were thrown into a fiery furnace which was an Unusual Place.
1 Samuel 3:1-4 (NIV)
"The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his Usual Place. The lamps of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. "Unusual Place" Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am.""
The Unusual Place is where "it" all happens.
The Unusual Place is a place of fierce danger.
The Unusual Place is a place of great risk.
The Unusual Place is an exciting place of the pure presence of God.
Jesus' first Unusual Place was at the start of His ministry preparations, in the wilderness for 40 days. Jesus had many Unusual Place experiences such as sleeping in a boat that was sinking. Another Unusual Place for Jesus was when He was put under pressure to respond to an angry crowd about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery He went to the ground and created His unique, special, sacred, Unusual Place in the presence of His Father.
Then He arose with the active, controversial, Unusual mindset of His Father.
We need to develop a spiritual awareness of God's volatile presence in the Unusual Places of life's many challenges. Look and listen for Him there, that is where He appears and speaks to us. Unusual is defined as: unfamiliar, remarkable or interesting, uncommon or rare. How else can you explain the amazing intimate presence of God where He speaks directly to you. Jesus Usually spoke to people in stories, riddles, enigmas or parables.
John 16:25-29 (NIV)
"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my Name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father." Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech."
Now He says He's going to speak to them plainly and clearly in the Unusual Place of their own relationship with the Father.