Sunday, October 18, 2009
The above is a picture of barnacles growning on the post of a dock. If you've ever been near a dock, you've seen barnacles growing on something. The interesting thing about barnacles is that they are alive and they are growing. In theory they are serving a purpose. But what are they really doing? They are deteriorating the host. Sometimes that host is a dock post, sometimes a boat that has been in the water for a long period of time.
If they are growing on a boat, you need to have it raised out of the water and the barnacles scraped off so the boat doesn't become weak and risk becoming unstable and damaged.
The Lord has recently taken me through a "stripping away" process in my own life. I've been watching as He has taken most of my extra activities away - some were important and lifegiving to me (so I thought). But what He was really doing was cleaning off the barnacles of my life because they were making me weak. Even though they were life giving activities (for a time) they needed to be cleaned away.
This was not an easy, or pleasant, activity that I've been going through. But ever since God showed me what He was doing, I've had a peace about it. As soon as I resolved to the fact that God was the one cleaning these things from my life, everything started to turn around for me. Now I see a definite "new" path that He has me on and I'm excited. But I will try to remember that in a few years, it may be time once again for a cleaning of the excess barnacles that will be developing on me.
In a way it's exciting because a ship that is sitting in dry dock instead of being used in the water won't have any barnacles, so if we have barnacles it means we are an active member of the Body of Christ!