Wow–what a week.
Since I last laid my heart out on this blog–I stood at a podium in front of close to 500 people and said goodbye to 27 years.
Not goodbye to memories or passion or even partnership with the people I have served with, but goodbye to a CALLING, a POSITION, a PURPOSE, an IDENTITY–A COMFORT ZONE!
I jumped. Finally.
I had kept at least one foot in that IDENTITY boat, regardless of where my other foot was, for a long time. The stretching had finally met it’s max. A break was coming no matter what.
The very next day I plopped that dangling foot right next to the other foot and joined what God is doing in my life.
I jumped. Finally.
It seems so obvious to THINK we have joined God. To THINK we are with HIM, doing what HE has asked when really SOMETIMES, we are doing what is SAFE. What we are familiar with. What seems the least risky. What feels the safest. What is familiar. God doesn’t put up with that. He removes Himself from situations that pretend to belong to Him. He removes Himself from ministry that does the OBVIOUS thing rather than the thing GOD is telling us to do.
It feels so good for me to know that when we finally JUMP–God is there. Waiting to catch us. I am in GOD’s NET!
I am listening, REALLY listening. Not assuming. Not rushing. Not claiming what I THINK is truth but really listening to what God is telling me to do.
I am learning from a Prophet in the Bible who did that. His name is Samuel. He listened to God.
His story is found in 1 Samuel 3.
Verse 19 says this:
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of HIS WORDS fall to the ground.
Verse 21 says:
The Lord CONTINUED TO APPEAR at Shiloh, and there HE REVEALED HIMSELF to Samuel THROUGH HIS WORD.
Do you need to hear from God?
Do you need direction? answers? a plan?
Step One is to really LISTEN to God—through His Word.
I would love to hear from you as well. What is God saying to you today, through His WORD?