“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress…” (Psalm 4:1 KJV).
While I was learning that God is there, real and personal I met with one of my mentors after I experienced the divine presence of God in a mighty way. I told Paris Reidhead, “My cup is just running over, Paris!” His response to me was: “How big is your cup, Dick? It doesn’t take much to run over a thimble. Why don’t you ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket, and your bucket into a truckload?”
I did pray that prayer, fervently. At that time I did not know that according to the verse above God’s vehicle for that kind of growth is distress. If you want to know what distress is just drop the first two letters: God uses stress to grow us spiritually just as putting stress on our muscles grows us physically.
Over the next few years I found myself going through deep waters and fiery trials. When we had three toddlers and two in diapers my wife was hospitalized four times in one year in a hospital 100 miles away from our home. While I was the pastor of a church and the mother and father of our children the Lord enlarged me, big time!
Years later I lost my health and became a bed fast quadriplegic. That is when I really learned my “4 Spiritual Secrets” which have enabled me to minister beyond anything I could have imagined. Those secrets are written on this webpage.
When you want to grow spiritually I dare you to ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket and your bucket into a truckload.
Dick: Your reflections here on Psalm 4:1 closely parallel that of the March 8 STREAMS IN THE DESERT meditation: “There is no way to learn faith except through trials. They are God’s school of faith, and it is much better to learn to trust Him than to live a life of enjoyment . . . ” A. B. Simpson, DAYS OF HEAVEN UPON EARTH.
Dick, thanks a million for sharing this.