“God continues to use us, squeeze us, and extend us so we can be re-used for his purpose.”~Iyhia McMichael
After a long eleven day Spring Break trip, I was excited to get back into the comforts of my own space. Within those eleven days, I was able to see the great rolling hills of the Carolina’s, experience the quiet of the river flowing peacefully down the stream, and the most beautiful sun rises and sunsets. I was happy to see and feel the Lord with me even though I was pulled in several different directions during the trip. One of the things that I had to mentally and spiritually prepare for is sharing space with someone new. Although this may seem simple to some, I realize how much I longed for that quiet space and alone time as soon as it is taken away. I knew it was going to be a challenge, but in the midst of those eleven days, I felt God push me, encourage me, and squeeze every ounce of purpose he had for me during the trip.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24
I am realizing more and more that it is not until after the battle that we truly understand the lesson. I knew, going into spring break, that it was going to be a challenge for me to share space day in and day out. I have always been a person who enjoys company, but relishes in the freedom of quiet time and quite space. But, it wasn’t until I returned back into the comforts of my own space that I realized that God squeezed every drop of purpose he had for me during the trip. It reminded me much like a wet wash cloth that we continue to squeeze until we get all the water out so the towel can properly dry in order to use it again. I feel that God does the same thing with us spiritually. Through each lesson that we go through, God continues to squeeze us, press us, and extend us so that we can be used again for another purpose. If we continue to lean on and trust in God every step of the way, he will continue to squeeze out his purposes for our lives.