God Speaks Through Metaphors

by Vanetta Stephens on February 12, 2015

in Hearing God, Meditate

God speaks through metaphors

God Speaks Through Metaphors

Recently, as I was preparing to get into the shower, God began speaking to me. God often speaks to me as I’m going about my everyday activities.  And, He often speaks to me in metaphors   He speaks to me plainly, and clearly as well, however He knows I enjoy metaphors, so He’s  happy to oblige.

As I’d finished skin brushing and began taking my shower, He brought  to my attention about how my skin was no longer as sensitive as it used to be.   When I began using a dry skin brush before showering, several years ago,  I remembered how it used to be uncomfortable.  I listened for more.

He brought to mind something I’d read many years ago about how the Hebrew women–in Bible times– would rub their babies’ skin with salt to help toughen their skin somewhat so clothes, and blankets  made from stiff, irritating animal hair wouldn’t cause skin reactions.

He then reminded me how I no longer have thin skin, as I used to.  I’m of European and Native American descent, so my skin is naturally more thin, that brushing has helped improve, but that was not His point.  He was using my natural observation as a parallel to something that has taken place inside of me–in my soul: my mind/thoughts, my emotions/feelings, and my will/chooser.

I used to be very thin skinned!  I can remember being so sensitive that I’d pick up on even the slightest look on someone’s face,  subtle body language, or  a tone of voice, and become either irritated–holding it inside, or burst into tears. Even constructive criticism from the most well-meaning person, could contribute to tears and a hasty search to find some place private to just be alone.

One of the benefits of dry skin brushing is that it can help tighten and tone your skin.. making it a bit more dense.  The salt on the babies’ skin helped toughen their skin.  Dealing with offense, properly, can help you not be thin skinned, as they say.

 It isn’t fun to deal with circumstances, or other people’s actions at times.   We do have a choice in how,  or whether or not we let those things affect us.  We can choose to become fearful, or angry, or bitter, or shut ourselves inside our own little protective bubble of some sort.  Or, we can choose to view these from another perspective.

Hurting people can and do hurt people.  And, sometimes, people just have no idea how what they say or do may bother you.  We can choose to lean into God and let Him take us through with practically no notice of negativity at all.  It is possible.

I’m not stressing or trying to become less offendable.  I’m living my life focused on Jesus because I know that what I focus on is what develops, or is what I’ll experience.  Since Christ is my Life, then focusing on Him–not focusing on trying to be like Him— is the best way for Him to live, in and through me, accomplishing what I cannot do in my own strength.

These Scriptures show that we do, indeed, have a choice in the matter and are neither helpless nor hopeless:

 “Do not give heed to everything that is said, lest you hear your servant cursing you–” Ecclesiastes 7:21, Amplified

“Love…is not touchy, or fretful, or resentful;  it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.]” ~ 1 Corinthiams 13:5, Amplified

So, perhaps you’re asking, “How do you not pay attention to hurtful words, or hurtful actions?”

The answer is really simple, but takes time to live it from the inside-out. It’s by allowing God to convince, or persuade your own heart of how deeply loved, and valued you are to Him–no matter what you have ever done, or will ever do.  As you read, or listen to the Truth,  in time, you’ll find Him bringing this out of your head–as information, and dropping it into your heart–as revelation.  Then, you’ll begin living from the real New Creation you!

“That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth, and length, and height and depth [of it];  [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!   ~ Ephesians 3:17-18, Amplified version

This Scripture is a gold mine!   It’s great to read, and re-read.  Meditating–which is not works, but simply chewing on what you have heard, or turning the words over in your mind–is very helpful to do. All of us meditate all of the time, and not always on good thoughts.  You can choose to fill your mind with Truth.  You’ll find God giving you “aha moments” which is what revelation is:  when you see/understand something you didn’t moments before.  In time, it will become “practically effortless” transformation–from the inside-out and will last.

We’ve received God’s SUPER abundance of Grace, not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others as there will be plenty of opportunities to let it flow from your heart.  As God heals you of past hurts, and you experience more of HIS Love, you’ll find it flowing from you more and more effortlessly, in time.

How does God speak to you?  Please share here.

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