New seasons are weird. Transitionary periods are weird. God knew our choices- he knew the good ones and the bad ones over the years. Sometimes I wanna say we weren’t “meant” do something or go somewhere, but then that could get into a whole predestination debate that I don’t want to go into. Ha!
We have wrestled for the last 6 mos about making some changes, being open to want God wants, seeking Him through our dreams and goals. The decision to attend and serve at a different church was not an easy one, and it’s not that we don’t love it and the people and even have the same Kingdom-minded goals… but we felt a stirring in our hearts that God wants to lead us to something different, something greater than we could’ve imagined for ourselves. We had to learn to let go.
As God has gently tried to pry apart our fingers from what we have so tightly held in our grasp, we have discovered that if we want God-sized dreams to happen and ultimately want to make Jesus famous through our abilities, talents, and heart- then we have to be willing to go anywhere. And let go. Let go of control.
Some friends in town at Port City Church every year encourage people to decide on a different kind of New Year’s resolution. They call it One Word. Moving on from the past and moving forward with a simple one word that you feel God wants you to focus on.
For us, for me, it’s OBEDIENCE.
“Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of these instructions. These instructions are not empty words—they are your life!” ~Deuteronomy 32: 46-47
My friend Patience told me of this study on Joshua quite a while back and I’ve just now got around to getting it. It’s written by an author and speaker Aliene Thompson out of Cary, NC; you can do the individual study, and there are also small group materials and a dvd available. This Radically Obedient study could not be more timely in my life. As we move into a new season of uncharted territory, much like when Moses passes off the baton to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:1-8, God is constantly reminding him that He will personally go before him. He tells Joshua in Deuteronomy 30:11-20 that it’s NOT gonna be that hard, he won’t need a heavenly interpreter, that Joshua will be able to understand His instructions just fine. He instructs him to be strong and courageous. Just like Joshua, God is reminding me that he wants me to choose life- choosing to love God and obey Him through a new season.
“And don’t for a minute let this book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going, then you’ll succeed.” ~ Joshua 1:8