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The Tent

Scripture Focus: Exodus 33:7-11a

Holley Martin

March 16, 2016

Do you remember the moments we had as a child when we would build forts with as many blankets, sleeping bags, comforters, and sheets we could find? I remember pushing all the furniture to the center of the room, maybe even balancing items I shouldn’t have, in order to make the most grand tower in the land. As a child, the fort’s purpose was a place for me to allow my imagination to run wild. It could be a battleship, a play house, a million dollar mansion, or even just a place to sneak all the junk food in the house and enjoy it with my friends. It was the tent of endless possibilities…and a place, once inside, I never wanted to leave.

 

Over the years, our tent of endless possibilities changed form, and in some ways, ceased to exist. We were no longer under the fort with our wild imaginations, but rather driving our very first cars, working at our very focused jobs, feeding our very fussy kids, and cleaning our very real houses. Did I mention that it wasn’t the million dollar mansion? Reality set in and endless possibility ran off.

 

Did you know that you were actually meant for the tent of endless possibilities and not the box that the world places you in?

 

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” -Ephesians 2:10

 

In John 14, Jesus even takes it a step further, empowering us to do even greater things that he did. If you are like me, you are probably wondering, “how in the world will I ever be able to do greater things than Jesus?”

 

Three words…pitch a tent.

 

Get alone with God and speak to him face to face.

 

Moses modeled this behavior for us, not just so we would read it, but so that we would do it. He took the concept of fellowship with God and made a plan for us to follow. He stepped into the Tent of Meeting where the presence of God lived. I am not saying that when you enter a set apart time with God that you can win a million dollars; however, I am saying that in His presence there is more than we could ever think or imagine. In His presence, there are endless possibilities…and He is waiting to pour them out on you.

 

Reflect:

When is the last time I “pitched a tent” with God?

How can I make this a more common practice in my life?

What box does the world have me in?

What does God’s endless possibilities say I am capable of?

 

Prayer:
God, help me today to set aside some time in your presence so that I may see You for who Your are. When I see You, I can then see myself how You see me…full of possibility.

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