“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
It’s a new year, and change is in the air. I can feel it, it’s almost tangible.
God calls us to change and growth and yet I for one, push back against it. Last year I was struggling to bring fresh joy and insight into a ministry role I had served at for 14 years. I loved this ministry, believed in it’s purpose and I was so honored, to have a place to serve the Lord that used my God given gifts and talents. And yet I was doing the same thing I had done for 14 years. I felt a little stagnant in my faith. I was not as desperate for the Lord’s help and guidance as I had been at the beginning. I was doing too much on my own, following the path the Lord and I had already forged over the years.
If I stepped out of this role, what would I do? After being the director of a ministry it’s hard to go back to just teaching. But that had always been my favorite part of the ministry. I needed change, but I wanted to continue serving the Lord, and I was afraid God didn’t have another place for me to serve. So I stayed where I was, comfortable, stagnant and a bit bored.
And then circumstances changed (there’s that scary word again). God made it abundantly clear I was to step out of this ministry. Change at times, can be like stepping off a cliff, you are in free fall, with no solid ground to stand on. Your very identify is in question. Who am I if I’m not a ______________?
As we stumble around, trying to find firm footing, we are more open and needful of the Lord. We cry out to the Lord in our weakness and humility, instead of pridefully thanking Him for what we have already accomplished on our own.
Change brings about a new dependence on the Lord, which results in a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father and new and exciting challenges for us personally. I am doing things now, I never even dreamed of doing: blogging, writing Bible studies and starting a whole new ministry, that hopes to reach a new generation of believers.
It’s been the most exciting ride of my life! The Lord is amazing! I just wait with baited breath for what He will have me do next. I’m certainly not bored anymore.
Can you feel the change coming? Don’t be afraid, trust the Lord. Step off the cliff into the arms of your Savior, He’s got you covered.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me trust You more. Help me accept the changes in my life as stepping stones to You, and may I boldly go were I have never gone before. Amen.