Going to and fro
By Janice S Ramkissoon
23rd November 2010
“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare” (Psalm 25:15).
Does it seem like you are constantly going back and forth?
Does it make you think you aren’t making headway?
Sometimes we seem to be going ‘to’ and ‘fro’, as if with no direction. We ask ourselves, “What’s going on here?” Or “Where am I going wrong?” I keep getting hurt and then I seem to get over the hurt and again the process repeats itself. What’s going on? A leader in my church often suggests that if you find that you deal with the same situation in the same way, it’s a sign that you aren’t growing. I agree with this statement, however, I also see this to and fro scenario from a different perspective, after a little chat with God on Saturday 2nd October 2010.
Here’s another take on that to and fro situation:
I once stood at the foot of the cross. Travelling the path of the cross, I saw the infirmed—mentally and physically ill. Then I got to the intersection where the cross is formed. Towards the right was The Physicians office/ The Doctor surgery. Towards the left was the spiritually sick. One of the infirmed who had already seen the Physician was on her way back to the physicians office with a head wound (Blood was showing through the bandage). As she passed by me she told me to read Psalm 25. I was next in line to see The Physician and as the Physician appeared (all dressed in white) I woke up. I’ve been in and out of the doctor’s office since then—going to & fro but did not understand why, until I got this revelation.
What came to me today is that I have travelled the path of physical and mental hurt and pain. Having reached the intersection—the crossroad, I went to the doctor’s office, received my healing then went out to share that remedy with those in the other room (the spiritually infirmed). However, being among the sick, sometimes the healthy person gets contaminated and has to regularly seek the Physicians help.
Therefore, that to & fro process is a necessary one. It is necessary because we are the hands and feet of Christ. We are the voice of God. He uses us to deliver His messages and carry out His acts of love towards one another. However, we are all at different levels of our spiritual journey and so the young in Christ and the stagnant ones can sometimes present an obstacle in our path. Therefore, we continually get darts thrown at us as the enemy finds available vessels to use. We get discouraged and we sometimes fall under the pressure. We go back to the Doctor’s office for a medication and when the medication kicks in and we are standing on the word and in His strength we continue to serve as we praise Him. The more we praise Him through our service, is the more attacks we get from the enemy. So there is evidence we will continue to go to & fro because it is the strength of God that we seek. And the moment we stop going to & fro is when He calls us home and that’s when we go straight up to the edge of the cross and into eternity.
The to & fro process is also necessary for our growth (regardless of the attacks). We need to regularly check-in with The Great Physician so that we can get the guidance we need on the journey.
Here are a few reasons we need to regularly check in with The Great Physician:
>>>When we face situations we’ve never come across before, it is wise to check-in with The Master.
>>>When we think we know what to do because we’ve been doing it for years, it is wise to check-in with Him just to make sure this is how He would like us to handle this particular situation.
>>>For no other reason than the fact that He is God and He created us for His purpose; to worship Him—we ought to check-in with Him.
>>>It is our duty and our privilege.
As we go to & fro we recognise the need because if we truly love one another the way God intends it, we will want to seek God for direction so we can help our fellow believers to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.
Going into The Physicians office is symbolic to entering the throne of God. When we enter into His presence it’s like having that ‘mountain top experience.’ Staying on the mountain top is beneficial only to the individual on the mountain top as they experience a special time with God. To stay there permanently is like being too “heavenly minded to be of any earthly good."* God needs us here on earth so we can share his love with others and He can use our testimony—our praise, to draw others onto Him.
Coming out of the office and going back to the next room is symbolic to the reading of the commandment to the people when Moses came down from Mount Sinai, having received the set of commands for the people. It is therefore good to get that mountain top experience so you can come back and help those who are struggling. Stay connected with God so that others can be drawn closer to Him, once you enter the room were the sick resides.
So if you are on the mountain top today, enjoy the experience but know that God called you to that mountain so that, like Moses, He can entrust you with His message for His people. When you come down from the mountain top do not keep to yourself, what can help to break chains for others. God wants you to share it.
Think of the newborn babe in Christ who desires to grow. Do you have an experience to share that will help him or her grow? What about the de-motivated leader in your church—Do you have a word of encouragement for him or her? I encourage you today to think about those many mountain top experiences you’ve had and how God would have you use it for the edification of the body of Christ.
If you are lonely and afflicted today or the troubles of your heart have multiplied, I recommend that you read verses 16-21 and then re-read the entire chapter and allow God’s word to minister to you.
God bless you on your journey. Don’t be discouraged going to and fro if you can see God at work through you.
___* A term our previous pastor [Adrian George] often used as he ministered to us.
God opened my eyes as I read through the 25th Psalm and from that a five part play was developed called “Listen Up!” I also incorporated the experience in the form of a poem called “The Cross Before Me Laid”.
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A great piece Janice.I miss you guys also and think about each of you who bless others with your work on Faithwriters.I will be checking in on and off to do some reading and reviews.Luv-n-Jesus...Anita
The Holy Spirit loves on you with beauty and grace and gives you revelation knowledge to share to the masses. What a blessing you are to us! I enjoyed 'Going To And Fro', I've been absent for a while allowing the devil place in my life with moutains of negativity, having the nerve to have a pitty party, but then I remembered I need to do the with of MY Father who sent me! So that when I recieve my healing I can share it, and if I'm in the position to get contaminated, I will call out the scriptures, because God's word can not return unto him void, it must accomplish that which it was sent to accomplish. Hallelujah, you have a heart for God, and thank God He looks at our hearts!
My precious sister in Jesus, this article you were given to write has touched (1) person for whom it was intended I know. Thank you so much for being obedient to our Lord.Yes, you are a wonderful writer, but what means the most to me is that you are a vessel used to touch, bless and give hope to so many.
This is brilliant! I can't believe what a prolific writer you are...are you sure no one has snatched you up yet? Your words are so timely and needed emotional pain is often worse (or can be) than physical pain because of the memories emotional pain creates, but the Great Physician says to cast your cares...for He cares for you. As always brilliantly written.
It is so hard to lift up another when we haven't walked in their shoes. Wherever our path takes us today, I'm sure the Lord can teach us so we may be there for another who is passing through! Thank you for the analogy - it always helps me to have a visual :)