• Liz Watkins

The secret drawer…. it had been there all along!

The secret drawer…. it had been there all along. Filled with every kitchen gadget I needed. But I didn’t know it was there. So I went without all those great little gadgets for so long until one day it just popped open!

It’s amazing how the Lord will teach us spiritual truths through every day life lessons. Through this secret drawer He spoke to me about His spiritual provision for my life.

Last year my husband and I moved to another city for his work and were given a furnished apartment to live in. This apartment had everything we would need and so I didn’t bring any of my own kitchen utensils. But after about a month of living there I realized that it really was lacking some important kitchen gadgets I had grown used to using. A decent can opener for one. Bottle opener. Vegetable peeler! Just to name a few.

Then one day I “pulled a little bit harder” on the cutlery drawer and all of a sudden this secret drawer that was hidden just under the counter, filled with all these great gadgets just popped out! I stood there amazed. How could I have missed this great little drawer? Sitting unused in this little drawer was a nifty can opener, bottle opener, vegetable peeler, even a little tea leaf strainer I didn’t even realize I needed. The only way to access it was by opening the cutlery drawer and what looked like just part of the bench was actually another little drawer. And that’s when God spoke to my heart and said “I’ve already given my children everything they need to live a victorious life. It’s already within them. They just have to access it.”

What an amazing truth! 2 Peter 1:3 says, By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

For us, 2016 was a tough year. After moving interstate and within a week of arriving at our new home, my husband was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer. Within a month he was having surgery and then began chemotherapy. Over the next six months he battled so bravely and with great faith, but sadly for us he passed away at the beginning of December. He is now in the beautiful presence of the Father.

It was during this last season that I committed to press in and pull harder on the things of God like never before and access the power and everything I needed to be victorious in this heartbreaking circumstance. I spent more time praying in the Spirit each day, worshiping and going deeper in His Word. When I felt weak and broken, I pressed in a little harder and received healing of my heart and supernatural strength. When grief and fear have tried to overtake me, I’m pulling on the peace that passes all understanding and the joy and comfort of the Holy Spirit. By pressing into deeper intimacy with the Lord I’ve come to hear His tender guidance and prophetic promises to me for my future. We can live an overcoming life.

And as I step out now on my grand adventure of faith to Canada and the USA and the release of my novel, I’m pressing and pulling on the “everything I need” that has already been given to me by His divine power, by coming to know Him more intimately.

So what is it that you are needing right now? That scripture in 2 Peter 1:3 says that “We have received all of this by coming to know him.” That’s the key to accessing this “secret drawer” of the everything we need. We press in to know HIM and as we do we can access this divine power and receive all that is needed to live victoriously in this life.

2017 can be your year to experience so much more of the “everything you need”. Put knowing Him more intimately as your priority and just pull and press a little harder!