I have been through a crushing. A life of crushing, really, but I have not been crushed. Abused, used, sold, torn apart. And now cancers and brain surgeries. I admit- I am a broken reed. I pray that through this crushing God will anoint me to be one of God’s chosen servants…I know that through this crushing God has put his Spirit upon me. He has filled me in every fiber of who I am. I feel his anointing love in my veins, my blood, and his heart beats in my heart.
He promises “to not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle” (Isaiah 42:3). I have come to know through a hard path that there is a HUGE difference between being gifted and being crushed. If we are gifted, we can fill a room with people, cause people to be “stirred up” and break into applause. If you’re gifted you may be paraded, put on stage, and receive a standing ovation. Not bad things! BUT…being gifted doesn’t break bonds off, remove chains and strongholds. Through the crushing I KNOW that He does increase his strength of his anointed ones. I thank God for the crushing. May his Holy Spirit power flow through me so that this spirit of love will be contagious to a broken world.
I pray that I may be made “sweet wine” through the crushing. My passionate prayer is that I may leave the stamp of Jesus on this world. That I leave the legacy of HIM, that generations will remember His name. To represent Him is the greatest joy! Crushed and now made whole. I bow and now praise him! “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3)