In the story about David and his demand to pay for sacrifice ends with a victory.
He built an altar to God there and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. God was moved by the prayers and that was the end of the disaster. 2 Sam 24:25
Tulsa isn’t my favorite place. This is not news to anyone. The problem with Tulsa are 3 things. It is small, I love big city. It is landlocked, I love the ocean, It and most of its people are about religion, I love Jesus not their rules.
All that aside the thing I love about Tulsa is my friends. I have given up family to be here. GOD has asked me a few times to give up close friends. I have even given up love and marriage to be here. For a while those loses were tough but now I have the best friends and family in Christ ever! GOD has been so good to me in that. I know everyone loves their friends but I truly walk around sometimes thinking to myself I feel bad for those who are not in relationship with the people I am. I mean GOD really did give me the best. And the relationships He brought and even some He is building now are perfect. Perfect timing, perfect fit, the whole package. I never even dreamed or imagined a community like this existed, let alone that I would ever be part of it. I am still missing the guy part but it will come. GOD has promised me and so I wait for the day I meet a guy who is single who really does love Jesus with everything. A guy who has also made a sacrifice that cost him. I am not talking about trials here, even though overcoming those are good. I am talking about willing costly sacrifice. Right now I know no guy who fits that description. Heck I hardly know any single guys. 🙂
There has been victory
If I had not sacrificed I would not know some of the best people of my life. Because of them and sacrifice I have had victory in many, many area’s of life. I have overcome some things I didn’t even know I struggled with. Having these people in my life has even changed me.
I don’t believe that The Holy Spirit prompted me to return here in vain. GOD is outside of time and knows but there are many stories where prayer changed things and so I don’t regret one moment I fought in prayer for what I saw Some great things even came out of that. Most in Tulsa are hurt and injured and so I get it. They have grown up in a tradition where the works of The Holy Spirit are manipulated and faked. Trust is not easily built but times are moving faster.
I don’t know what is next. I feel no tug to uproot my life or for a big change right now. I do know however, a weight has been lifted. I do feel the prompting to take the energies I was focusing on elsewhere and point them towards house church and the people there. GOD is up to something big. I am willing to even now, even again pay for that sacrifice. I may prayed many things in the last almost 8 years some of them happened, some may still happen but the lesson of this week is
Let’s move on, I (GOD) have something bigger in mind.